By Al Zipsie

Week five Friday night in the NUIC has some key games.

In the Northwest, Eastland/Pearl City ranked ninth in the latest AP 1A poll host the state's top ranked team Lena-Winslow in Pearl City. E/PC battled Forreston before falling 30-18 last Friday and now they collide with the Panthers.

In the Upstate a pair of 3-1 teams collide in Orangeville at Milledgeville.

The crossover game has Aquin putting their unbeaten record (4-0) on the line at defending state champion Forreston (3-1), who is ranked third in the state 1A poll.

In other games in the Northwest Dakota plays Du/Pec at Durand. Trey Engelbrecht rushed for 215 yards and four touchdowns in Dakota's win over East Dubuque.

Amboy is at East Dubuque and Galena is at West Carroll. West Carroll, after a season-opening loss to Lena-Winslow will be looking for its fourth straight win.

In other games in the Upstate, River Ridge is at Stockton and Warren is at Polo.

In the non-conference game, Ashton/Franklin Center is at River Valley.

 

NUIC Picks. Week 5.

Mike Buda of WIFR TV Sports leads our panel with a 33-3 record. Tied for second are Kyle Kampmier and Shane Klever both of the NUIC Football Fanatics and Cody Cutter of the Sauk Valley News, all 32-4.

Mike Buda 33-3. Wifr TV Sports. Dakota. East Dubuque. Lena-Winslow. West Carroll. Milledgeville. Stockton. Polo. Forreston. Ashton/Franklin Center.

Kyle Kampmier. 32-4. NUIC Football Fanatics. Dakota. East Dubuque. Lena-Winslow. West Carroll. Milledgeville. Stockton. Polo. Forreston. Ashton/Franklin Center.

Shane Klever. 32-4. NUIC Football Fanatics. Dakota. East Dubuque. Lena-Winslow. West Carroll. Milledgeville. Stockton. Polo. Forreston. Ashton/Franklin Center.

Cody Cutter. 32-4. Sauk Valley News. Dakota. Amboy. Lena-Winslow. West Carroll. Milledgeville. Stockton. Polo. Forreston. Ashton-Franklin Center.

Matt Trowbridge. 31-5. Rockford Register Star/Freeport Journal Standard. Not available at press time.

Joe Dredge. 30-6. WROK Radio/Stateline Sports Hub. Dakota. East Dubuque. Lena-Winslow. West Carroll. Milledgeville. Stockton. Polo. Aquin. Midland.

Pete Leinweber. 30-6. Deep Dish Football. Du/Pec. Amboy. Lena-Winslow. West Carroll. Milledgeville. Stockton. Polo. Forreston. Ashton/Franklin Center.

Al Zipsie. 30-6. Stateline Sports Hub. Dakota. East Dubuque. Lena-Winslow. West Carroll. Milledgeville. Stockton. Polo. Forreston. Ashton/Franklin Center.

Terry Werntz. 29-7. Former Dakota and Freeport football coach. Dakota. East Dubuque. Lena-Winslow. West Carroll. Milledgeville. Stockton. Polo. Forreston. Ashton/Franklin Center.

Scott Leber. 29-7. Wtvo TV Sports. Dakota. East Dubuque. Lena-Winslow. West Carroll. Orangeville. Stockton. Polo. Forreston. Ashton/Franklin Center.