By Al Zipsie

Severe weather played havoc to week five in the NUIC football season.

With severe thunderstorms and lightning on Friday, some games started early, some were moved up or moved back to Saturday.

West Carroll moved their homecoming game to Thursday and rolled past A/FC 36-8.

On Friday in early starts time Dakota got the games only score to shutout E/PC 7-0, with 2:28 left in the third quarter. Both teams are now 2-3 on the season and fighting for a playoff berth.

Du/Pec went to 4-1 on the season holding off Galena 27-20. After lightning suspended play, Galena got the ball late and was driving before axRivermen interception sealed the win. It was the second straight homecoming win, last week at Pecatonica and Friday at the other part of the Coop in Durand. Du/Pec's Hunter Hoffman had three touchdown passes clicking on 10 of 17 passes for 185 yards. Speedy receiver Gabe Howard hauled in five catches for 105 yards and a touchdown.

Also, Friday Forreston whipped Milledgeville 54-8.

On Saturday Orangeville snuck by East Dubuque 29-28. Lena-Winslow defeated Stockton 30-0 and Aquin outscored Amboy 52-24.

In 8 man football, both River Ridge won 36-12 on Friday and Polo 52-8 on Saturday. Both are unbeaten in the Conference. And in 11 man football in Wisconsin, Warren/Blackhawk stayed unbeaten after six outings as they just edged River Ridge, WI 22-20.

In our NUIC media picks six went unbeaten on the week at 7-0 in Kyle Kampmier of the NUIC Football Fanatics, Scott Leber WTVO TV, Matt Trowbridge of the Rockford Register Star/Freeport Journal-Standard, Derrick Mason, Townsquare Media, Terry Werntz former Dakota and Freeport coach and Zipsie of the Stateline Sports Hub.

Going into week six are overall co-leaders are Kampmier and Leber, both an impressive 33-2. Trowbridge is one game back at 32-3.

Stateline Sports Hub. NUIC Rankings.

  1. Lena-Winslow. 5-0.
  2. Forreston. 5-0.
  3. Aquin. 5-0.
  4. West Carroll. 4-1.
  5. Du/Pec. 4-1.
  6. Stockton. 3-2.
  7. Dakota. 2-3.
  8. Orangeville. 3-2.
  9. E/PC. 2-3.
  10. East Dubuque. 2-3.