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.

The Dixon football team scored on its first three possessions and never looked back Friday night against Big Northern Conference rival Rock Falls, winning 46-13 to improve to 6-3 and clinch a playoff berth.

The death of a teammate and absence of their head coach for the last five weeks has made the fall of 2021 a trying one for the Rock Falls Rockets. But they’ve got one last chance to end on a positive note with Big Northern rival Dixon visiting Hinders Field on Friday night.