|UPDATED 1:05 p-m 9/15/9 Something has to give when the top scoring offense clashes with the stingiest defense in the Western Big Six opener for Galesburg and Rock Island Alleman.
Friday night's game at Augustana College features two teams that begin league play with 2-1 records and are striving to make the playoffs this season after just missing out last year despite both winning five games.
Alleman (2-1) has not allowed a touchdown in six quarters. The Pioneers are giving up just 8.3 points per game and averaging 24 points per outing on offense, the third best average in the Big Six. The Pioneers are coming off a 42-0 victory at home against Rich South (1-2). Alleman outscored the Stars 28-0 in the second half and racked up 278 total yards in the game - 252 of them on the ground. The Pioneers beat Byron (0-3) 17-13 the previous week and lost 14-13 in OT in their season opener at LaSalle-Peru (2-1).
Galesburg cruised to a 49-0 win at home last Saturday against Norridge Ridgewood. Junior Robert Jackson rushed for 110 yards and scored three touchdowns. Fullback Caleb Ollman led the Streaks rushing attack with 146 yards. He leads the team with 260 yards through three games. Galesburg ran 53 plays for 395 yards, all on the ground, against Ridgewood. The Streaks have 865 rushing yards through three games and are averaging better than six yards a carry. Andrew Steck leads the team with 5 rushing touchdowns and two more scores through the air.
Galesburg leads the Western Big Six in scoring at 37.3 points per game and is fourth in points allowed on defense with 20.3. Galesburg, Alleman and Rock Island all have one defensive shutout this year.
Like Galesburg and Alleman, Rock Island is 2-1 after winning its last two games. The Rocks are second defensively - allowing 14.7 points per game - including just six points in the last two games, both wins against Chicago Heights Bloom (0-3) and Crete-Monee (2-1). Rocky went undefeated in league play and won the Big Six last season before losing to Providence in the Class 6A semifinals and concluding the season with a 12-1 record.
The only team from the Big Six that marched unscathed through its three non-conference opponents is Quincy. The Blue Devils are second among conference schools in scoring at 34.3 points per game. Quincy beat Alton (0-3) 17-6 in week one, snapped a five-game losing skid against Mount Pleasant, IA (2-1) in week two by winning 42-23 then whipped Harrison of Evansville, IN (0-4) 45-19. The loss by Harrison was that team's 25th straight, and Quincy's first three opponents have a combined record of 2-8. The Blue Devil defense is currently ranked third among Western Big Six teams, surrendering 16.3 points per game.
Moline and United Township have both dropped their first three games this season.
The Maroons' new spread offense has sputtered, scoring a conference-low 13.3 points per game. On the other side of the ball, Moline's defense is giving up 28.7 points per game, which is ranked 5th among Big Six teams. However, the Maroons' opponents through three weeks have combined records of 7-2. Two of them, Geneseo and Richwoods, are undefeated. Moline also started last season 0-3 , then won four straight games before losing to Rock Island and Ottawa in the final two weeks to finish with a 4-5 record.
United Township, winless last season, is struggling again this year. The Panthers, who've now lost 20 straight games, have been outscored 112-51 in the first three weeks by Dixon (2-1), LaSalle-Peru (2-1) and Ottawa (2-1), teams with combined records of 6-3. Things only get more difficult for U-T, which begins conference play Friday night at Rock Island.
Galesburg's game against Alleman Friday night is scheduled to begin at 7:45 p-m. Pregame coverage will begin at 7:20 on WGIL AM 1400. The Silver Streaks defeated the Pioneers at Van Dyke Field last season 21-14, snapping a five-game losing streak against Alleman.
Western Big Six 2009 Football Standings
Wins: Alton (0-3) 17-6, Mt. Pleasant, IA (2-1) 42-23, Harrison,IN (0-4) 45-19
Next: @ Moline
Wins: Dunlap (1-2) 32-27, Ridgewood (1-2) 49-0
Losses: Peoria Richwoods (3-0) 34-31
Next: @ Rock Island Alleman (Augustana College)
Passing - Steck 8/11 163 2 TD, 1 INT
Rushing- Ollman 260 yds. 1 TD, Steck 184 yds. 5 TD, Jackson 233 yds 4 TD
Receiving- Olin (2) 69 yds. 1 TD, Blue (1) 44 yds. 1 TD, Jackson (2) 23 yds
Interceptions - Olin, Carl 1 each
Kicking - Miller 10/12 PAT, 0/1 FG
Points - 112
Rushing - 865 yards
Passing - 163 yards
Rushing/Game - 288.3 yards
Passing/Game - 54.3 yards
Total/Game - 342.6 yards
Touchdowns- 17 (14 rushing, 2 passing, 1 defensive)
Turnovers - 6 (5 fumble, 1 INT)
Points - 61
Rushing - 394 yards
Passing - 319 yards (17/44 - 39%)
Rushing/Game - 131.4 yards
Passing/Game - 106.3 yards
Total/Game - 237.7 yards
Touchdowns - 8 (4 rushing, 4 passing)
Turnovers - 5 (3 fumbles, 2 interceptions)
Opponent PAT - 2/6
Opponent 2PT Conversions - 1/2
Opponent Field Goals - 3/3
Rock Island Alleman
Wins: Byron (0-3) 17-12, Rich South (1-2) 42-0
Losses: LaSalle-Peru (2-1) 14-13 OT
Next: Galesburg (Augustana College)
Wins: Crete-Monee (2-1) 14-0, Chicago Heights Bloom (0-3) 33-12
Losses: Oak Park Fenwick (1-2) 32-0
Next: United Township
Losses: Algonquin Jacobs (1-2) 21-9, Geneseo (3-0) 31-12, Peoria Richwoods (3-0) 34-19
Losses: Dixon (2-1) 36-14, LaSalle-Peru (2-1) 44-25, Ottawa (2-1) 32-12
Next: @ Rock Island