NIC-10 Preview - Week Four
by Liz Rudolph Twitter: LizESPN1380
Belvidere North (2-1) @ Harlem (2-1) – Game of the Week
Last week: Belvidere North 29, Hononegah 13. Boylan 42, Harlem 28.
Last time they met: Harlem 49, Belvidere North 27.
There are a few surprises in the standings in the NIC-10 this week. One of those surprises comes from Belvidere North, after a huge 29 to 13 win over Hononegah last Friday. The Blue Thunder were coming off of a 20-point rally to beat Auburn the previous week, while Hononegah was trying to bounce back from the heartbreaking loss to Boylan. Momentum proved to be the difference for Belvidere North, as they improve to 2-1 with the win.
Belvidere North has been beating teams with their passing game. Quarterback Jace Bankord threw for 377 yards and one touchdown last week, earning him NIC-10 Player of the Week honors. Kevin Tevebaugh, who leads the NIC-10 in receiving, has been Bankord’s primary target this season. But Jeff Young and Kyle Hartfiel also had over 100 yards receiving last week and have made the North offense one to watch.
This week, Bankord and the Blue Thunder take on the Harlem Huskies. Harlem fell to Boylan 42-28 last week, but have some offensive weapons of their own. Quarterback Tanner DiGiovani is third in passing in the conference (489 yards), and receiver Malik Lightfoot had 105 yards on 5 catches and 2 touchdowns last week. Harlem has relied on 6’2’’ running back De Woods in previous games, but Boylan limited Woods to 58 yards on 11 carries. If the Huskies are to improve to 3-1 this week, their defense will have to control Belvidere North’s air attack.
Hononegah (1-2) @ Belvidere (2-1)
Last week: Belvidere North 29, Hononegah 13. Auburn 17, Belvidere 2.
Last time they met: Hononegah 55, Belvidere 14.
Hononegah felt the loss of their injured players on both sides of the ball last week, as Jacob Meyer (OL), Adrian Marquez (DB) and Alec Smith (QB) were all sidelined in last week’s loss to Belvidere North. North held Hononegah backup quarterback Alex Limberg to 73 yards passing, and the Indians rushed for 161 yards, including two short touchdown runs by Jake Wilson and Alex Martin.
They face a Belvidere team whose offense has been strong in weeks one and two; Garrett Hyser has thrown for 549 yards and 5 touchdowns this season, while Maurice Jackson (RB) leads the conference in rushing (298 yards on 56 carries). But the Bucs couldn’t get their offense going against Auburn last week, and they had a couple of big plays called back on penalties. Belvidere looks to put the 17-2 loss to Auburn behind them, as Hononegah tries to avoid falling to 1-3.
Guilford (3-0)@ Boylan (3-0)
Last week: Guilford 28, East 0. Boylan 42, Harlem 28.
Last time they met: Boylan 32, Guilford 0.
This is may be a matchup of two 3-0 teams, but they are two teams who have gotten there in very different ways. Guilford’s defense has been the story this season. The Vikings have pitched three shutouts, outscoring their opponents 113-0. But they have also played East, Jefferson and Freeport, who have just one win among them.
On the other side, Boylan has played their three toughest games in the first weeks of the season. Auburn, Hononegah and Harlem each posed a different set of challenges for Boylan, but the Titans have held onto their 68-game conference win-streak. Guilford’s veteran defense looks to end that streak tonight.
Other NIC-10 Matchups
Freeport (1-2) @ East (0-3)
Jefferson (0-3) @ Auburn (1-2)
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