Tonight: The Rock Island Rocks host the Galesburg Silver Streaks at 7:30, preceded by the sophomore game.|
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What's on the line: The Rocks need to win to set up a potential winner-take-all Western Big 6 Conference showdown next Friday against city-rival Alleman, which needs to win at Moline tonight. (For updates on that game, follow @stappa_da on Twitter). The Rocks (5-1) and Pioneers (6-0) are both 3-0 in conference games. Galesburg (4-2) fell to 2-1 with a 21-0 home loss to Alleman last Friday.
About the Rocks: Zach Chapman to Derrick Willies has become quite the pass-catch combination. The two have hooked up for seven yards shy of 500 yards in the air and 6 touchdowns. Wondering how that stacks up when it comes to the Rock Island record books? Chapman (42-of-67 for 707 yards and 9 TDs) is far from the marks set by Steve Wilson Sr. in 1964 (1,859 yards).
However, Willies has a shot at Al Bream's receiving record of 834 yards set in 1964. Willies comes in with 493 yards on 28 catches. He would need to average 85 yards per game through one game into the playoffs to break the mark of Wilson's receiving mate.
With a really big game of Chapman to Willies, the single-game receiving mark could be possible. Bream holds that record, too, with 205 in a game against Davenport West in 1964. (Wilson threw for 427 yards in that game.)
The old Rocky ledgers available didn't have TD passing records. However, Dispatch/Argus records show Mickey Borcherding with 12 TD passes in 1988. Chapman is three shy of matching that with three regular-season games to go.
While on the numbers path, RI's Amos Johnson needs 142 rushing yards to reach 1,000 for the season. Brandon Richardson could hit a grand, too. He's at 543 yards and would need to average 115 per game through one game into the playoffs to get there.
Streak spotlight: A week after hitting 1,000 yards rushing through just five games, Galesburg running back Jonathan Mixon was held to just 25 yards on a dozen carries by the Alleman defense. So, he's at 1,087 yards, averaging 7.7 yards per carry. The Streaks, too, have an additional threat in the backfield, with Travon Diggins at 408 yards on 52 carries (a 7.8 average). The Streaks don't pass much – QB Peyton Isaacson averages 4.5 throws per game. His top receivers – Ben Holloway and Mixon – have three catches each on the season. … Mixon has 11 TDs, all but five of the Streaks' six-pointers.
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