Week one of NIC-10 football season in books

The NIC-10 high school football season began last week, and there were a few interesting stories to come out of week one.

The newest team in the conference, the Blue Thunder from Belvidere North, is 1-0 without even playing a single down. Thanks to a teachers’ strike, the Harlem Huskies had to forfeit their opener against the Blue Thunder. Belvidere North Head Coach Curt Tobin was at Titan Stadium last Friday night, Aug. 24, and told me that although his team was disappointed they weren’t playing, they could definitely use the extra week of practice.

Speaking of the Titans, they got off to a resounding start. For the second year in a row, they held the Guilford Vikings scoreless. Boylan won 40-0. One of the so-called “experts” I saw on television last week predicted the Titans and the Vikings would be the two elite teams in the conference. I think it’s safe to say he was only half right. Unless Guilford is able to do something dramatically different than what they showed against Boylan, I would say they might have a difficult time finishing higher than .500.

Another NIC-10 team won by that same 40-0 score and also held their opponent scoreless for the second straight season. The Auburn Knights defeated the Jefferson J-Hawks 40-0. Last year, the Knights won 38-0. This game featured two rookie head coaches. This season, Rock River Raptors player Billy Cook coaches the Knights. The J-Hawks’ new coach is Franklin Craig.

Week two’s game of the week will have the 1-0 Boylan Titans traveling to Freeport Friday, Aug. 31, to take on the 1-0 Pretzels. The Pretzels are coming off a convincing win over the East E-Rabs, 36-18. The game can be heard on WNTA 1330 AM. Pre-game coverage begins at 6:30 p.m., and kickoff is scheduled for 7:15 p.m.

from the Aug. 29-Sept. 4, 2007, issue

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