Predicting Illinois highschool soccer sport in Rockford for Week 5

Here are our highschool sports activities writers’ predictions for Rockford-area soccer teams in Week 4 of the high school football season.

The Rockford Register Star’s Matt Trowbridge (4-2 last week, 20-4 on the year) and Jay Taft (8-2 last week, 30-6 overall) will break down games involving space groups out of the NIC-10 and Interstate 8 (Trowbridge) and from the Big Northern Conference and NUIC (Taft), and provide you with their picks each week.

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NIC-10

Boylan (3-1) at Auburn (1-3): Something has to offer. No one has performed more lopsided video games than Boylan, which has easily scored probably the most factors within the conference and in addition allowed the fewest, outscoring teams 200-44. Every Auburn sport, however, has been decided by 9 factors or fewer. But after seeing East run for 189 yards against Auburn in the first half alone final week, it’s exhausting to see the Knights slowing down the Titans in a recreation with the unusual beginning time of 4:45 p.m. Boylan 35, Auburn 14.

East (2-2) at Hononegah (4-0): Little has come straightforward for Hononegah this 12 months. Hono’s only 20-point win came in a recreation it trailed Freeport 22-14 on the half. Part of that is because Hononegah’s run game isn’t as dominant as ordinary; quarterback Cole Warren leads the staff with an average of 54 yards on the ground. But Hononegah has a greater passing recreation (Warren has 584 yards and 8 TDs) and better particular groups. Hononegah 28, East 12.

Belvidere North (4-0) at Belvidere (0-4): North ought to proceed to dominate this crosstown rivalry in its bid to win its first-ever outright NIC-10 title. The Blue Thunder share the title with Hononegah with 8-1 data in 2014. Belvidere North 49, Belvidere 7.

Freeport (1-3) at Harlem (2-2): Freeport’s offense has come principally in chunks this year. Dedric Macon handed, caught and returned TDs covering 33, 55 and 52 yards to offer Freeport a 22-14 halftime lead over Hononegah final week. But that was all the Pretzels scored. Harlem has done the same on protection, giving up yards grudgingly aside from several huge performs a game. If Freeport cannot management the ball, the Pretzels — who play a number of gamers both ways — are probably to put on down late. Harlem 28, Freeport 21.

Jefferson (0-4) at Guilford (3-1). The J-Hawks have been up and down, enjoying tough in a 13-point loss to undefeated Hononegah and a nine-point defeat to Harlem, however getting crushed by 64 points to Boylan and 39 to Belvidere North. Guilford has been robust every week. Quarterback Sebastian Bracius (554 yards) and receivers Tyler Gaines (215 yards), Nick James (176), Jeremiah Fricks (102) and Randy Johnson (97) give Jefferson a passing chance, however Guilford is just too good and too physical. Guilford 35, Jefferson 20.

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INTERSTATE EIGHT BLUE

Rochelle senior Garrett Gensler runs through a hole that the Hubs' line, led by Bradley Cooney, right No. 74, and Landon Mickley, partially obscured, opened up during Rochelle's 4-0 start to the season. Gensler and the Hubs host undefeated Sycamore on Friday, Sept. 23, 2022.

Sycamore (4-0) at Rochelle (4-0): This crossover recreation between the league’s two divisions is a wake-up call for Rochelle, which has been trampling the JV portion of its schedule, averaging 433 yards dashing and 11.1 yards per carry. But those 4 groups are a mixed 3-13 on the season and have a median enrollment of 712. Now comes Sycamore, which is undefeated, ranked No. 4 in Class 5A, has 1,209 college students and has routed a pair of teams that have lost to nobody else and common 1,500 college students in DeKalb and Ottawa. Elijah Meier was 9-of-9 passing for 181 yards and 4 TDs for Sycamore final week and the Spartans also had 284 yards rushing. I will go with the balanced offense over the run-only staff. Sycamore 35, Rochelle 21.

BIG NORTHERN

Stillman Valley (4-0) at Rockford Christian (1-3): After an enormous win over Byron to open the season and Dixon final week, Stillman Valley now has a clear path to a regular-season finale against Genoa-Kingston which might cause them to the undefeated BNC title. That path begins this week with a downtrodden Rockford Christian staff that’s still without its top rusher La’Ryan Brown-Gitchel, who went down with a knee injury two video games in the past. Stillman Valley 42, Rockford Christian 0.

Byron (3-1) at North Boone (1-3): If North Boone is going to make a run at making the playoffs for the fourth postseason in a row, it might want to either knock off Byron this week or undefeated Stillman Valley next. Tough tasks for a team that has only been able to muster a win over Rockford Christian final week. That was a pretty impressive win, however, and QB Chandler Alderman appears to be getting on monitor. But, not sufficient. Byron 32, North Boone 22.

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Dixon (3-1) at Winnebago (2-2): Winnebago has a real chance to turn its season round this week, however Dixon will be seeking to bounce again from its first setback of the 12 months. It received pounded 36-6 by Stillman Valley last week, so will that be a wake-up call or a blueprint for how to beat this year’s Dixon team? If Winnebago can hold it shut, it could have a shot at the end. Or Dixon might just be too hungry. Dixon 34, Winnebago 30.

Oregon (1-3) at Lutheran (2-2): Lutheran bounced again last week after back-to-back losses, and that is one other likelihood for the Crusaders to indicate whether they are for actual this season or not. This is a large sport for both of their playoff probabilities. QB Kyng Hughes will step up for Lutheran. Lutheran 28, Oregon 24.

Genoa-Kingston (3-1) at Rock Falls (0-4): G-K might be one other BNC group in search of a rebound win, and it ought to come straightforward this week. G-K 44, Rock Falls 6.

NUIC

Fulton (3-1) at Lena-Winslow (4-0): Can you say “Statement game?” Well, I imagine Le-Win can. The Panthers have another steady of operating backs, led by Gage Dunker, Gunar Lobdell and Ethan Fye, and they’ll run free this Friday evening. Le-Win 55, Fulton 20.

Durand/Pecatonica (3-1) at Knoxville (4-0): Knoxville of the Lincoln Trail Conference has handed two teams their only losses of the season so far, and is outscoring its opponents 165-77 thus far. This is the first of three strong foes in Du/Pec’s way, and with Dakota and Le-Win ready within the wings, the Rivermen want this one. Du/Pec 33, Knoxville 20.

Dakota (3-1) at E/PC (0-4): Watch as Dakota sharpens itself. This will most probably be an opportunity to provide the new vaunted passing attack a rest. Dakota 46, E/PC 13

Galena (2-2) at Forreston (2-2): Forreston needs to be taking a look at this as a must-win recreation for its playoff hopes, so the Cardinals must be targeted and well prepared for this one. Forreston 29, Galena 26

West Carroll (0-4) at Stockton (1-3): Stockton, which has had a tough begin to the season, is licking its chops for this one. This is a chance for Stockton to gain some confidence. Stockton 46, West Carroll 6

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