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NIC-10 Preview - Week Six

Oct 04, 2013 -- 4:23pm

NIC-10 Week Six Preview

by Liz Rudolph                Twitter: @LizESPN1380


Auburn (2-3) @ Harlem (4-1) – Game of the Week
Last week: Hononegah 27 – Auburn 7, Harlem 56 – Belvidere 48
Last time they met: Harlem 36, Auburn 28

     The Auburn Knights are one of four teams in the NIC-10 sitting at 2-3.  With four games left in the regular season, the Knights will have to come out of three of them with wins to make a playoff bid.  While they wrap up the season with Freeport and East, the next two weeks are going to be challenging.  Auburn has back-to-back games with teams currently at 4-1, starting with Harlem this week.

     Auburn’s offense has been a little unpredictable.  In their three losses, the Knights have put up 33 points total. QB Marc Trautmann has thrown for 314 yards and four touchdowns this season.  RB Christian Lopez has rushed for 453 yards on 52 carries and three touchdowns, all of which came in the 41-0 rout of Jefferson in week four.

     Harlem has been putting up big numbers all season, scoring 188 total points in the first five weeks.  But they’ve allowed their share as well.  Belvidere put up 48 points against them last week, which is a four-way tie for the most Harlem has allowed since 2005.  QB Tanner DiGiovani has been one of the most accurate passers in the conference , throwing 50 for 77 and 631 yards.   The Huskies are still relying on 6’2’’, 225 pound running back De Woods for their ground game.  Woods has rushed for 284 yards on 48 carries and six touchdowns.

     Unlike Harlem, Auburn has not allowed any huge numbers from their opponents.  The Knights held 5-0 Boylan to 16 points in the first game of the season.  But tonight, they will have to take advantage of any opportunity to score, in addition to keeping Harlem’s offense under control.  The Huskies have scored at least 28 points in every game so far.

Other NIC-10 Matchups

Belvidere (2-3) @ Guilford (4-1)
Last week: Harlem 56 – Belvidere 48, Guilford 35 – North 7
Last time they met: Guilford 42 - Belvidere 14

Freeport (1-4) @ Belvidere North (2-3)
Last week: Boylan 56 – Freeport 35, Guilford 35 – North 7
Last time they met: Belvidere North 14 - Freeport 12

East (2-3) @ Boylan (5-0)
Last week: East 35 – Jefferson 32, Boylan 56 – Freeport 35
Last time they met: Boylan 41 – East 9

Hononegah (3-2) @ Jefferson (0-5)
Last week: Hononegah 27 – Auburn 7, East 35 – Jefferson 32,
Last time they met:  Hononegah 55 - Jefferson 13

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