BCR GAME OF THE WEEK
Mendota at Princeton
When: 7 p.m. Friday
Last meeting: Mendota 48, Princeton 12 (2011)
About the Trojans: Mendota is 3-0 for the first time since 2011 when the Trojans were members of the West Central Conference along with the Tigers. The Trojans had not won more than one game since 2014, when it went 6-3 and made the playoffs. … Mendota has relied heavily on the run this season, averaging 250 yards per game on the ground. Uzi Angulo has led the way with 324 yards and five touchdowns. Damien Magallanes has racked up 255 total yards and scored two TDs. … The Trojans turned to the passing game more in their 42-22 win over Bureau Valley in Week 3 as southpaw slinger Ted Landgraf threw for 179 yards and three TDs. … Mendota has allowed 172.7 rushing yards, 42.7 passing yards and 18.7 points per game. … Emilio Perez has made field goals in each of Mendota’s three games. He caught a 43-yard TD pass in Week 3. ... “Mendota presents a lot of challenges for us this week. Offensively they are big and physical up front and their QB (Ted Landgraf) is a good athlete. Defensively, they are very aggressive and get a lot of hats to the ball. It will be a fun game,” PHS coach Ryan Pearson said. ... Mendota won the teams’ final meeting in the NCIC in 2010, 35-6, only meeting once in the West Central in 2011, 48-12, at Mendota. ... Mendota has won the past six meetings with PHS, from 2006-11, by a 293-72 margin (48.8-12), and holds a 42-36.4 all-time series edge. PHS last won in the series in 2005, 35-0.
About the Tigers: The Tigers rolled to a 49-0 halftime lead in last week’s conference opener at Hall last week and turned the entire second half over to its JV squad. QB Teegan Davis ran for two touchdowns and passed for another along with 190 yards. ... Davis has rushed for seven touchdowns and thrown for four scores, and leads the BCR Leaderboard in rushing (366 yards) and passing (471). ... Carson Etheridge leads the PHS defense with 36 tackles, recording three for loss. … The Tigers have forced nine turnovers this season while committing three. ... PHS is 21-2 in their last 23 regular season games, scoring 40 points or more, 17 times. ... The Tigers face their longtime rival for the first time in 10 years, renewing a decades-old rivalry in the NCIC. They first met in 1897. ... Both played in the West Central after the breakup of the NCIC in 2010, the Trojans staying just one year before going to the Big Northern, the Tigers two before joining the Three Rivers in 2013.
Last week: Mendota beat BV 42-22, PHS beat Hall 49-20.
All-time series: Mendota 42-36-4.
FND pick: Princeton.
Kewanee (3-0) at Bureau Valley (2-1)
Game time: Friday, 7
Last meeting: BV 43-6 (2014).
About the Boilermakers: These teams last played in 2014 also in Week 4 at BV with the Storm prevailing 43-6. Both teams were 0-3 coming in that meeting. This time around, the Boilermakers are 3-0 for the first time since 2003. ... St. Bede (27 points) was the first team to score in double figures against Kewanee, which has also defeated Monmouth-Roseville and Morrison. ... QB Will Bruno completed 9-of-13 passes for 179 yards and three touchdowns while running for a 2-yard score against St. Bede. … Niko Powe caught four passes for 66 yards and a pair of TDs last week, while Jordan Johnson grabbed five passes for 113 yards and a score. … The Boilermakers intercepted three passes in Week 3 with Brady Clark returning one 37 yards for a TD. … Keyontiss Patterson returned a kickoff 80 yards for a score and ran for a 17-yard TD.
About the Storm: The Storm won their first two games of the season, snapping a 13-game losing skid before falling at Mendota last week. Two long second-half touchdown passes by Mendota kept the Storm at bay. ... These teams last played in 2014 also in Week 4 at BV with the Storm prevailing 43-6. Both teams were 0-3 coming in that meeting. This time around, the Boilermakers are 3-0 for the first time since 2003. Bureau Valley has relied heavily on its running game, averaging 255.7 rushing yards to 36.3 passing yards per game. Jaden Michlig has run for 266 yards and three touchdowns, Layton Britt has racked up 254 yards and three TDs, Levi Hardy has rushed for 191 yards and five scores and QB Adam Johnson has added 108 yards and four TDs on the ground. … BV allowed 42 points and 426 yards last week after giving up 19 points and 280 yards combined through the first two games.
Last week: Kewanee beat St. Bede 51-27, BV lost at Mendota 42-22.
All-time series: Kewanee 3-2.
FND pick: Kewanee.
Newman (2-1) at St. Bede (2-1)
When: 7 p.m. Friday
Last meeting: Newman 35, St. Bede 6 (spring 2021)
About the Comets: Week 3′s 27-13 win over Orion saw the Comets enjoy a stretch where they started four out of five possessions in Chargers’ territory, aided by an Orion fumble, a short Orion punt and a long Owen McBride kick return. Newman scored on two of those possessions. … Newman’s defense allowed negative-2 yards of total offense in the third quarter of their Week 3 game. .... Newman had two 100-yard rushers Week 3, both getting long touchdown runs. Gabe Padilla had a 95-yard score in the fourth quarter and Nolan Britt had a 92-yard run in the first quarter. Newman has now had a touchdown run of 50 or more yards in each game this season, with Marcus Williams scoring from 51 and 55 yards out Week 1 and from 52 yards Week 2. ... St. Bede leads the all-time series over the Bruins 14-3.
About the Bruins: After allowing 13 points through the first two games, the Bruins gave up 57 as they suffered their first loss in Week 3 against Kewanee. … St. Bede has been balanced offensively, averaging 169.3 rushing yards and 157.7 passing yards per game. … Tyreke Fortney has racked up 572 total yards and eight touchdowns — four rushing and four receiving. … John Brady leads the area in passing with 473 yards. He’s completed 25-of-49 passes and thrown four TDs to four interceptions. … The Bruins have lost four straight against the Comets. St. Bede’s last win over Newman was a 20-18 victory on Sept. 17, 2011, 10 years to the day of Friday’s meeting.
Last week: Newman beat Orion 27-13, St. Bede lost to Kewanee 51-27.
All-time series: Newman 14-3.
FND pick: Newman
Morrison (0-3) at Hall (0-3)
Kickoff: 7 p.m. Friday
Last meeting: Hall 41, Morrison 0 (2018)
About the Mustangs: After scoring six points in Week 1 and six more in Week 2, the Mustangs offense came alive in Week 3, scoring 28 points in a loss to Monmouth-Roseville. Alex Anderson, Danny Mouw and Carson Strating each had rushing scores and Anderson totaled 124 rushing yards. Anderson has scored a touchdown in every game this season; a 53-yarder against Newman, a 2-yarder against Kewanee and from 56 against Monmouth-Roseville. .... Morrison has allowed 56 points in the second quarters of games this year and 49 points in the other three quarters combined. .... Mouw, in his first year as a starting quarterback, threw his first touchdown pass against Monmouth-Roseville.
About the Red Devils: Hall struggled in Week 3 in a 49-20 loss to rival Princeton as the Red Devils trailed 49-0 at halftime. … The Red Devils fumbled the opening kickoff against the Tigers and Princeton scored five plays later. … Mac Resetich scored on an 18-yard run and an 80-yard punt return in the second half against Princeton. … Caleb Savitch has rushed for 286 yards this season, while Dominic Guerrini has 186 yards and three TDs and Resetich has run for 162 yards and a pair of TDs. … The Red Devils are allowing 38.3 points per game and have allowed 40 or more in each of the last two weeks.
Last week: Morrison lost to Monmouth-Roseville 43-28, Hall lost to Princeton 49-20.
All-time series: Morrison 2-1 (since 2012).
FND pick: Morrison