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Football preview: Rock Island (5-1, 3-0 WB6) Galesburg (4-2, 3-0 WB6)


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Posted Online: Oct. 04, 2012, 8:41 pm
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By Marc Nesseler, nesseler@qconline.com
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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  Today is Friday, Sept. 19, the 262nd day of 2014. There are 103 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: Charles M. Osborn of this city, a lawyer of prominence, who voted for Lincoln in 1860 is now out strong for McClellan and will take the stump for him.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The George Fleming company had begun its dried fruit packing in a branch plant on 16th Street, Rock Island, employing nearly a hundred workers.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The cornerstone of the new Eagles home was laid. Building committee members were John Kobeman, Fred Ehmke and Frank Wich.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Former Kaiser Wilhelm, in exile, is sad as the Nazis march with communists.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Ninety-two members of the acappella choir at Davenport's West High School today accepted an invitation to perform at the New York World's Fair on June 13, 1965.
1989 -- 25 years ago: A Rock Island woman is one of 50 winners of $10,000 in cash in the Illinois State Lottery's "Celebration "89" instant ticket game. Dawn Loeffler was the third winner to be chosen through daily drawings that began Aug. 28 and will run 50 consecutive days.






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