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Playoff Previews (Week 8)

Orion (6-1, 3-1) at

Bureau Valley (4-3, 1-3)

Game time: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Storm Stadium.

BCR insider: Orion’s lone loss came Week 3 to TRAC front-runner Newman 35-21. The Chargers blitzed Fulton 42-0 two weeks ago ... Orion has not lost to BV since joining the TRAC in 2015. ... See more in this week’s Game of the Week preview.

Last week: Orion beat Morrison 35-7; BV lost to Rockridge 54-14.

Last year: Orion 42-20.

All-time series: Orion 2-0.

Radio: WZOE 98.1 FM.

St. Bede (3-4, 3-1) at Kewanee (4-3, 3-1)

Game time: 7:30 p.m. Friday.

BCR insider: Both teams are coming off equally exciting victories: the Bruins outlasted Monmouth-Roseville and Mother Nature for a 12-5 Homecoming victory Saturday in the rain, the Boilers used a last-minute safety to trip Princeton 23-21. And both remain playoff eligible with the Boilers resting with four wins and the Bruins with three with two games remaining. “We’re 3-4, and need these next two. Kewanee’s done a heckuva job this year. Tyler’s (coach Nichols) got them playing pretty physical. We’ll have our hands full. We’ll have to be physical to beat them,” SBA coach Jim Eustice said.

Last week: St. Bede beat Monmouth-Roseville 12-5; Kewanee beat Princeton 23-21.

Last year: St. Bede 24-21.

All-time series: St. Bede 5-2.

Radio: WSOG 88.1 FM.

Hall (4-3, 4-0) at Erie/Prophetstown (1-6, 1-4)

Game time: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Prophetstown.

BCR insider: While the Red Devils are on the rebound from a loss to No. 1 ranked Newman, they can take another step toward the TRAC Mississippi championship while cementing their playoff bid with their fifth win. Friday’s game will also serve for some revenge for the Red Devils against E-P, which beat them in last year’s season finale to give Hall its first 0-9 finish in 20 years. The Panthers are coming off their first win of the season, defeating winless Sherrard last week. “We all know how important this game is a win will lock up the conference and give us a spot in the playoffs. EP is a little different team than they have been in the past offensively they spread it out a little more, Coach (Chuck) Milum always has his kids ready to go,” Hall coach Randy Tieman said.

Last week: Hall lost to Newman 48-16, E-P beat Sherrard 20-0.

Last year: Hall 35-16.

All-time series: Hall 3-2.

Radio: WAJK 99.3 FM.

Princeton (2-5, 2-2) at Monmouth-Roseville (2-5, 2-1)

Game time: 7 p.m. Friday, Monmouth.

BCR insider: Both teams have been eliminated from the playoff picture with their fifth loss last week. Safeties played a big part in both teams’ downfall, particularly PHS, which was sacked in the end zone late to break a 14-14 tie and boost Kewanee to victory. ... This marks the first meeting between the renewed conference rivals since M-R won 42-0 in 2012. In two meetings, the Titans have outscored the Tiers 98-29. ... There was no prelim scheduled as M-R does not have a sophomore team.

Last week: PHS lost to Kewanee 23-21; M-R lost to St. Bede 12-5.

Last year: Did not play (Last meeting 2012, M-R 42-0).

All-time series: M-R 2-0.

Radio: WZOE 1490 AM.

Other area games

A-W (6-1, 5-0) at ROWVA (4-3, 3-2)

Galena (0-7, 0-6) at Amboy- LaMoille (2-4, 2-5)

L-P (4-3, 1-2) at Rochelle (4-3, 2-1)

Newman (7-0, 4-0) at Fulton (5-2, 3-2)

North Boone (5-2, 4-2) at Mendota (1-6. 1-5)

Rockridge (6-1, 3-1) at Morrison (3-4, 0-4)

Riverdale (2-5, 1-4) at Sherrard (0-7, 0-5)

— Kevin Hieronymus

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