What to watch for in Week 5: Hannibal starts rolling; battle for WIVC North; intriguing cross-border matchup
Mat Mikesell

What to watch for in Week 5: Hannibal starts rolling; battle for WIVC North; intriguing cross-border matchup

Central football coach Brad Dixon won't let his players get too hyped up for any game. The truth is, Friday night's game against Beardstown is the marquee game of the regular season. The Panthers and Tigers both enter the game 4-0 and won their first two

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What to Watch for in Week 4: Who stays unbeaten? Who picks up first victory?
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What to Watch for in Week 4: Who stays unbeaten? Who picks up first victory?

As the season draws closer to the halfway point, there are four teams in the area still undefeated. Three teams are still searching for their first victory, too. Which ones move to 4-0? Do any of the others break into the win column?

What to watch for in Week 3: Saying Guilavogui's name easier than stopping him
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What to watch for in Week 3: Saying Guilavogui's name easier than stopping him

He's perhaps the most dynamic player in the Western Illinois Valley Conference North Division, but good luck pronouncing Beardstown running back Pascal Guilavogui's last name on the first try. Some coaches in the WIVC won't even attempt it. "We just call

What to watch for in Week 2: Illini West coming off shutout; Lapsley's status uncertain; Saukees have chance at 2-0; South Shelby focused on conditioning
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What to watch for in Week 2: Illini West coming off shutout; Lapsley's status uncertain; Saukees have chance at 2-0; South Shelby focused on conditioning

The Illini West football team climbed up the Class 2A polls into No. 6 in the state after a 24-0 victory over Annawan-Wethersfield, the first shutout in four years for the Chargers. "Obviously we are always happy to have a shutout," Illini West coach Lyle

What to watch for in Week 1 of prep football
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What to watch for in Week 1 of prep football

High school football is back, and we're treated with a full slate of games from the opening week. In the past, the Missouri State High School Activities Association started its season one week prior to the Illinois High School Association. This year, the