Freeport (3-3) @ Auburn (3-3) – Game of the Week
Last time they met: Freeport 27 – Auburn 20
The Auburn Knights (3-3) executed an impressive goal-line stand in the final moments of last week’s game against Guilford, holding onto the 19-14 win, as well as their hopes of making the playoffs. Freeport has suffered three consecutive losses, dropping the last two by a total margin of just three points. Both teams will face at least one top three team in the final portion of the season; Auburn faces East and Boylan, and Freeport finishes at Hononegah and at home against Harlem, making this a pivotal game for both the Pretzels and the Knights. Auburn distributed their offense between running backs Quon Herron and Devone Manns, while Freeport relied on Steve McShane (RB) for three of their four scoring plays.
Belvidere North (2-4) @ Boylan (6-0)
Last time they met: Boylan 47 – North 9
After losing their first four games, the Belvidere North Blue Thunder have pulled out two consecutive two-point wins over Freeport and East. They are lead by Jace Bankord at quarterback, who has thrown for 648 yards this season, including a career-high 172 yards last week. Belvidere North faces the 6-0 Boylan Titans, who are looking to win their 63rd consecutive conference game.
East (1-5) @ Belvidere (3-3)
Last time they met: Belvidere 50 – East 6
The Belvidere Bucs are one of four teams in the NIC-10 with 3-3 records who are facing what are virtual must-wins in the next few weeks. The Bucs are starting to feel the pressure of their three losses, especially the loss to Guilford in week five. They will need two out of their games against East, Boylan and Belvidere North. While their record may only show one win, the East E-Rabs should not be overlooked. They feature two of the leading offensive players in the conference in quarterback Jacob Benson and receiver Austin Young.
Jefferson (0-6) @ Harlem (4-2)
Last time they met: Harlem 38 – Jefferson 16
In last week’s much-anticipated Game of the Week, Harlem fell to the Hononegah Indians, determining the second and third spots in the standings. Despite the loss, Harlem quarterback Justin VanWambeke threw for 222 yards, with receiver Dwayne Milton gaining 89 yards on just three receptions. Jefferson running back Garett Perry is the third leading rusher in the conference, under Freeport’s Steve McShane and Harlem’s Kevin Witcik.
Hononegah (5-1) @ Guilford (3-3)
Last time they met: Hononegah 27 – Guilford 13
Hononegah earned their spot in the playoffs in last week’s win over Harlem. The Indians were lead by a breakout performance from this week’s Prep Corner MVP, Alex Martin (RB), who ran for 125 yards and was responsible for all of Hononegah’s touchdowns. The Vikings suffered a crucial loss to Auburn last week and dropped to 3-3 on the season. Guilford will need to come up with two wins to make it to the playoffs, but face Harlem and Jefferson on the road to close the season.
by Liz Rudolph
ESPN 1380 Prep Reporter
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