Days after Byron won the Class 3A state championship, the Big Northern Conference announced its 2021 all-conference football team, and 22 players from Dixon, Rock Falls and Oregon made the list.

Phillips hosted Dixon for a Class 4A first-round playoff game on Saturday at Gately Stadium in Chicago.

A home game in the first round of the football playoffs is always the goal. But if you have to go on the road, there are few places better to play than Gately Stadium. The stadium on the south side of Chicago has been home to many historic games over the years, and the Dixon Dukes will face the Phillips Wildcats there in a Class 4A first-round playoff game at 4 p.m. Saturday.

The football season will continue for nine local teams, as playoff pairings were announced Saturday night for both the 11-man and 8-man ranks. Sterling, Erie-Prophetstown, Fulton, Forreston, Polo and Milledgeville will all have home games, while Dixon, Newman and Amboy-LaMoille will hit the road for the first round next weekend.