By Al Zipsie

High school football is back. In week one of the NUIC Forreston, the defending 1A state champions rolled past Dakota 30-12. Durand/Pec turned in an impressive win in the season opener 58-7 over Amboy. Lena-Winslow opened with a 50-6 rout of Eastland/Pearl City. West Carroll came from behind to edge Galena 22-20. Stockton beat Milledgeville 26-6. East Dubuque blanked A/FC 26-0.

On Saturday Aquin beat Orangeville 28-16.

The top performers for the opening week. From Lena-Winslow Sean Ormiston had 161 yards on 13 carries and quarterback Luke Benson threw for 130 yards and a trio of touchdowns. William Gustafson of Aquin at quarterback had 253 total yards and four touchdowns and added ten tackles. Jason Hermann of Stockton had 186 yards rushing.

And while they are no longer in the NUIC we will keep an eye on Polo and River Ridge in their first year of 8 man football. Both won their debuts Friday easily as River Ridge whipped North Fulton 60-22 and Polo rolled over

Hoopeston/Armstrong/Schlarman 54-14. And Warren in the Blackhawk WI Coop won 42-7 Friday over Cuba City to go to 2-0.

Stateline Sports Hub. Media picks. Records in week one. Five on are panel were a perfect 7-0 in week one including Terry Werntz, Derrick Mason, Matt Trowbridge, Cody Cutter and Scott Leber.

7-0. Terry Werntz. Former Dakota and Freeport coach.

7-0. Derrick Mason. Townhouse Square Media.

7-0.  Matt Trowbridge. Rockford Register Star/Freeport Journal-Standard.

7-0. Cody Cutter. Sauk Valley News.

7-0. Scott Leber. WTVO TV.

6-1.  Kyle Kampmier. NUIC Football Fanatics.

6-1. Edgy Tim O'Hallaran.

6-1. Mike Buda. WIFR TV.

5-2. Pete Leinweber. Deep Dish Football.

5-2. Joe Dredge. WROK/Stateline Sports Hub.

4-3. Al Zipsie. Stateline Sports Hub.

Best quote of the week from Pete Leinweber of Deep Dish Football who said in NUIC Football Fanatics post "Fun time in NUIC country. Good luck to all teams, but I think we all know an NUIC team will be eating Thanksgiving dinner in Dekalb."

Stateline Sports Hub. First NUIC Rankings.

  1. Lena-Winslow.
  2. Forreston.
  3. Aquin.
  4. Stockton.
  5. Dakota
  6. Durand/Pecatonica.
  7. Eastland/Pearl City.
  8. West Carroll.
  9. Orangeville.
  10. East Dubuque.