By Al Zipsie

Week eight will feature key games in the NUIC. Forreston, 6-1 plays at 5-2 West Carroll. And Dakota, 6-1 host Eastland/Pearl City, 4-3.

The states 1A top-ranked and unbeaten Lena-Winslow visits Durand/Pecatonica. Galena is at Amboy. The Pirates have never had a winless season in school history. The previous worst record was 1-8 in 1975. If Galena doesn't get a win over Amboy. The season finale will pit Du/Pec at Galena with both teams possibly looking for their first win.

In the Upstate, Aquin 6-1 is at Stockton, 5-2. Both are unbeaten in the Upstate and playing to take over first place outright. Polo is at Ashton/Franklin Center and Milledgeville visits River Ridge. In a crossover game, East Dubuque is at Orangeville. And in a non-conference game, Warren is looking for their first win of the season as they host South Beloit (1-6).

Austin Guy of Orangeville in a win over Kirkland Hiawatha had an outstanding game. In his debut switching from quarterback to running back, Guy had 327 rushing yards and seven touchdowns.

Stateline Sports Hub Media picks. Going into week eight. Mike Buda of Wifr tv and Cody Cutter of the Sauk Valley News lead at 57-6. With two weeks left, Kyle Kampmier and Shane Klever, both of the NUIC Football Fanatics are one game back at 56-7.

Mike Buda. 57-6. WIFR TV Sports. Forreston. Dakota. Amboy. Lena-Winslow. Aquin. Polo. Milledgeville. Orangeville. Warren.

Cody Cutter. 57-6. Sauk Valley News. Forreston. Dakota. Amboy. Lena-Winslow. Aquin. Polo. Milledgeville. Orangeville. Warren.

Kyle Kampmier. 56-7. NUIC Football Fanatics. Forreston. Dakota. Amboy. Lena-Winslow. Stockton. Polo. Milledgeville. Orangeville. South Beloit.

Shane Klever. 56-7. NUIC Football Fanatics. Forreston. Dakota. Amboy. Lena-Winslow. Stockton. Polo. Milledgeville. Orangeville. South Beloit.

Matt Trowbridge. 54-9. Rockford Register Star/Freeport Journal Standard. Forreston. E/PC. Amboy. Lena-Winslow. Aquin. Polo. Milledgeville. Orangeville. South Beloit.

Terry Werntz. 53-10. Former Dakota and Freeport football coach. Forreston

Dakota. Amboy. Lena-Winslow. Aquin. Polo. Milledgeville. Orangeville. Warren.

Scott Leber. 53-10. WTVO TV Sports. Forreston. Dakota. Amboy. Lena-Winslow. Aquin. Polo. Milledgeville. Orangeville. South Beloit.

Joe Dredge. 52-11. WROK/Stateline Sports Hub. Forreston. Dakota. Amboy. Lena-Winslow. Aquin. Polo. Milledgeville. Orangeville. Warren.

Pete Leinweber. 52-11. Deep Dish Football. Forreston. E/PC. Amboy. Lena-Winslow. Aquin. Polo. Milledgeville. Orangeville. South Beloit.

Al Zipsie. 52-11. Stateline Sports Hub. West Carroll. Dakota. Amboy. Lena-Winslow. Stockton. Polo. Milledgeville. Orangeville. Warren.