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Tuscola in Arcola
7 p.m., August 27
➜ Colin’s comment: Cola Wars is back. After a break in the season. These two teams usually put on a show no matter what their teams look like, and their previous meeting at Byron Bradford Field – on September 6, 2019 – resulted in a 45-42 Barnburner won by the Tuscola visit. Nick Lindsey’s Purple Riders are returning much of their roster from a 4-1 spring campaign and Andy Romines Warriors are keeping several key athletes from a 4-2 spring run.
St. Joseph-Ogden at the unit
7 p.m., September 3
➜ Comment from Colin: In the second game of the season at Hicks Field, rivals from the Illinois Prairie Conference will clash under the lights in Tolono. Scott Hamilton’s Rockets have won each of the last two games in the series, starting 5-0 this spring. Shawn Skinner’s Spartans are targeting their first season over .500 in his sixth year, and they’re returning most of their roster from earlier this year. This one will have a playoff feel to it despite its early date.
Dwight in Westville
1 p.m., September 11
➜ Colin’s Comment: This one might be off the radar for some local readers, but listen to me. Guy Goodlove’s Tigers will play their first home game since October 26, 2019, when they beat rivals Georgetown-Ridge Farm. Westville played all five of its Spring 2021 games on the road while its field was refurbished and this season kicks off with two more road games. Tigers fans will flock to this opening prelude.
WEEK 4LeRoy in Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley
7 p.m., September 17th
➜ Colin’s Comment: It’s not the biggest local rivalry at the Heart of Illinois Conference – that goes to GCMS and Fisher meeting in Week 2 – but this matchup should be a dandy too. BJ Zeleznik’s Panthers hit a 3-1 spring record while Mike Allen’s Falcons finished 2-2. Two other exciting factors: Illinois target Aidan Laughery will be in the field for GCMS, and these two teams are now in the HOIC Small Division after GCMS moved from Large.
WEEK 5 Bismarck-Henning / Rossville-Alvin in Oakwood
1 p.m., September 25
➜ Colin’s Comment: More Vermilion Valley Conference Football Alliance action on Saturday afternoon – remember, this is a new partnership between the VVC and the Sangamon Valley Conference. However, this is old school VVC and should be crucial to the league standings. Mark Dodd’s Blue Devils were among the best in the region 5-1 last spring and Al Craigs Comets did well 4-2 last season.
WEEK 6 Mahomet-Seymour in Quincy Notre Dame
7:30 p.m., Oct. 1
➜ Colin’s Comment: This isn’t a non-conference game that you see every year, but we should all be glad it’s on the list this fall. Two programs with a lot of tradition and a win here would look great on the post-season résumé. Jon Adkins’ Bulldogs will make the long journey west after driving 3-3 on a grueling spring schedule, and the former Illinois Jack Cornell’s Raiders more than held their own in the Big 12 during a temporary spring lineup.
WEEK 7Monticello in Paxton-Buckley-Loda
7pm, October 8th
➜ Colin’s Comment: PBL’s move to the Illinois Prairie Conference happened when the COVID-19 pandemic first hit the United States, so it’s okay if you don’t remember. But the Panthers are full members of the league from this school year. And this game with the wise is fascinating. Cully Welter’s Monticello crew boasted the region’s only 6-0 record in the spring, and Josh Pritchard’s PBL program recovered from COVID issues to finish 3-1.
in Argenta-Oreana, 7 p.m., Oct. 15
➜ Colin’s Comment: If there is one thing you should know about this Lincoln Prairie Conference game, it is Kaden Feagin. The goal of ALAH Junior and Illinois will likely play a huge role in his outcome. He is a legitimate Division I athlete and should enjoy running the ball on AO’s turf field. Ryan Jefferson’s Knights ended the spring 4-2 and are among the best teams in the LPC, while the Bombers operate under their first-year coach Conner Haltom.
Centennial vs. Champaign Central
7 p.m., October 22
➜ Colin’s Comment: Quite a few juicy rivalry games wrap up the regular season – including Unity in Monticello and Oakwood in Salt Fork – but this one takes the cake. Tommy Stewart Field is sure to jump without considering the potential impact on the playoffs. Kyle Jackson’s Chargers are ready to take the next step after a 3-1 spring, and Tim Turner’s Maroons are trying to recover from a 0-6 exit.
Colin Likas covers Illinois football and high school sports in the News Gazette. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter at @clikasNG.