By Al Zipsie

Friday NUIC 

Week six games Friday.

Northwest

Galena at Eastland/Pearl City

Lena-Winslow at Amboy.

Dakota at West Carroll.

Forreston at East Dubuque

Upstate

Ashton/Franklin Center at Stockton

Polo at River Ridge

Warren at Milledgeville

Saturday 

Upstate

Aquin at Orangeville

Non-League

Madison at Durand/Pecatonica

NUIC football has announced realignment starting next season. The league goes down from 17 teams to 14. As Polo and River Ridge exit for eight-man football and Warren joins a Coop with a Wisconsin school. Too many schools were driving by other schools to get to play Conference games. The leagues were based on larger and smaller school Conferences. Now the leagues will be the North and South. Both 7 team leagues. All three crossover games will be based on enrollment. North. Galena. Lena-Winslow. Orangeville. Stockton. Dakota. Durand/Pecatonica. East Dubuque. The South will be Ashton/Franklin Center. Amboy/LaMoille. Eastland/Pearl City. Milledgeville. West Carroll. Aquin. Forreston. This should renew some old rivals playing each other again.

Stateline Sports Hub. Media picks panel. Last week the best records were Matt Trowbridge and Terry Werntz, both going 7-2 in an unpredictable week. Trowbridge was the only one taking E/PC over Lena-Winslow and Galena over Mt. Carroll. Werntz was the only one who had East Dubuque over Amboy and also joined Zipsie as only two of three on the panel who had South Beloit beating A/FC. Zipsie leads by two games as Werntz moved into second place. Tied for third are Trowbridge, Cutter, and Leber.

Al Zipsie. 38-7. Stateline Sports Hub. E/PC. Lena-Winslow. Dakota. Forreston. Stockton. River Ridge. Milledgeville. Orangeville. Madison.

Terry Werntz. 36-9. Former Dakota and Freeport coach. E/PC. Lena-Winslow. Dakota. Forreston. Stockton. Polo. Milledgeville. Orangeville. Madison.

Scott Leber. 35-10. WTVO. E/PC. Lena-Winslow. Dakota. Forreston. Stockton. Polo. Milledgeville. Orangeville. Madison.

Cody Cutter. 35-10. Sauk Valley News. Not available at press time.

Matt Trowbridge. 35-10. Freeport Journal Standard/Rockford Register Star. E/PC. Lena-Winslow. Dakota. Forreston. Stockton. Polo. Milledgeville. Orangeville. Madison.

Joe Dredge. 34-11. WROK/Stateline Sports Hub. E/PC. Lena-Winslow. Dakota. Forreston. Stockton. Polo. Milledgeville. Orangeville. Madison

Kyle Kampmier. 34-11. NUIC Football Fanatics. E/PC. Lena-Winslow. Dakota. Forreston. Stockton. River Ridge. Milledgeville. Orangeville. Madison.

Shane Klever 34-11. NUIC Football Fanatics. E/PC. Lena-Winslow. Dakota. Forreston. Stockton. River Ridge. Milledgeville. Aquin. Madison.

Mike Buda. 33-12. WIFR. E/PC. Lena-Winslow. Dakota. Forreston. Stockton. Polo. Milledgeville. Aquin. Du/Pec.

Pete Leinweber. 32-13. Deep Dish Football. E/PC. Lena-Winslow. West Carroll. East Dubuque. Stockton. River Ridge. Milledgeville. Orangeville. Du/Pec.

Tim O'Halloran. 31-14.  Edgytim.com E/PC. Lena-Winslow. Dakota. Forreston. Stockton, Polo. Milledgeville. Orangeville. Madison.

The panel of eleven this week are unanimous on E/PC, Lena-Winslow, Milledgeville, and Stockton.

The one game up in the air the most is Polo over River Ridge by one.

All but Pete Leinweber have Dakota over West Carroll and East Dubuque over Forreston. Only Shane Klever and Mike Buda have Aquin over Orangeville.

Only three in Scott Leber, Buda and Leinweber have Du/Pec beating Madison.