A week of firsts in Week 4

Football notebook

Last week’s football play was a week of firsts.

• St. Bede’s 13-7 win over Newman was the Bruins first in 10 years over the perennial powerhouse Comets. The Bruins last beat the Comets 20-18 on Sept. 17, 2011, in Big Rivers Conference play (now Three Rivers).

• Friday’s meeting between Princeton and Mendota was the first between the longtime former NCIC rivals in 10 years.

The Tigers and Trojans last met in 2011 when the Trojans won 48-12, then in West Central Conference play. It was the only year Mendota played in the West Central after the NCIC folded in 2010, and it played in the Big Northern from 2012-20.

• It was the Tigers’ first win over the Trojans since 2005 when they won 35-0.

The series rivalry now stands at 42-37-4 in favor of Mendota.

Mendota had won the previous six meetings by an incredible 293-72 point total (48.8 to 12). Here’s a look at those scores:

2011 - Mendota 48-12

2010 - Mendota 35-6

2009 - Mendota 55-13

2008 - Mendota 42-6

2007 - Mendota 55-21

2006 - Mendota 58-14

• Princeton senior Ean Compton threw his first varsity touchdown Friday, connecting with Logan Glancy for a 10-yard TD strike. Compton did not play this spring.

* Kewanee started 4-0 for the first time since 1999.

Kevin Hieronymus

Kevin Hieronymus

Kevin has been sports editor of the BCR since 1986 and previously was sports editor of the St. Louis Daily News, Tazewell News and ISU Daily Vidette. He is a 2021 inductee into the IBCA Hall of Fame as a media member.