By Al Zipsie

On another wet Friday night in the NUIC the Upstate lead was up for grabs as both host Stockton and Aquin entered the game with no conference losses. Stockton held on for a 16-14 win. The Blackhawks can win the Upstate outright with a win over Orangeville in the regular season finale. Milledgeville will play Aquin, the winner of that game can only hope for a Stockton loss to tie for the Conference title. Stockton and Aquin are both now 6-2.

Stockton led 2-0 at halftime. Aquin quarterback Jonah Diemer had a snap go over his head and recovered it in the end zone for a Blackhawks safety. Aquin scored with 5:29 left on a Cole Luedeking 59 yard run. The two-point conversion pass was off target and Stockton clung to a 16-14 victory.

Milledgeville, 7-1 whose only loss was earlier in the season to Stockton defeated River Ridge 26-6. Polo beat A/FC 28-14. Orangeville would beat East Dubuque in the crossover game 7-6. The game had no scoring in regulation. In overtime, Orangeville got the ball last trailing 6-0. Caden Getz hauled in a five-yard touchdown pass from Carter Kleckler. The PAT kick was good for the win. The Broncos are now playoff eligible at 5-3 but need a win over Stockton to clinch a playoff spot with a sixth win.  In a non-conference game, Warren notched their first win of the season outscoring South Beloit 62-34.

In the Northwest, Dakota would cash in on turnovers to beat E/PC 21-6. Lena-Winslow rolled on beating Du/Pec 44-8. Forreston rolled over West Carroll 44-6. And Galena looking for their first win of the year led Amboy 14-0. But ended up losing 21-14. Galena and Du/Pec are both winless and play next Friday in the season finale.

Stateline Sports Hub Rankings.

  1. Lena-Winslow. 8-0.
  2. Forreston. 7-1.
  3. Dakota. 7-1.
  4. Stockton. 6-2.
  5. Aquin. 6-2.
  6. Milledgeville. 7-1.
  7. West Carroll. 5-3.
  8. E/PC. 4-4.
  9. Polo. 5-3.
  10. Orangeville. 5-3.
  11. Amboy. 3-5.
  12. East Dubuque. 2-6.
  13. Ashton/Franklin Center. 2-6.
  14. River Ridge. 2-6.
  15. Warren. 1-7.

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