Tonight: 7:30 at Moline's Browning Field (sophomores at 5). Radio: WFXN-AM 1230. Twitter: @SteveTappa_DA.
Why watch: Moline celebrates both Senior Night and the 100th anniversary of Browning Field with league-leading Alleman on the visiting sideline. The unbeaten Pioneers, top-ranked in the Illinois Associated Press Class 4A state football rankings, hope to remain on a collision course with crosstown rival Rock Island for a winner-take-all Western Big 6 Conference finale next weekend. However, Moline needs an upset victory to remain in playoff contention. ... Moline coach Crick Sant Amour said All-Big 6 performer Matt Roche (knee) returns to full-time kicking action this week, as well as limited work on offense, after the senior missed all but one half of play so far this season because of injury. ... Moline senior linebacker Austin Stephenson is out tonight after getting ejected from last weekend's win at Quincy. ... Wednesday's freshman game with Moline had to be cancelled because of a rash of injuries to Alleman's sophomore class, Pioneers coach Dave DeJaegher said. With only nine 10th-graders available for tonight's game, Alleman was forced to move up its freshman class to fill out tonight's roster for the sophomore prelim. ... Moline owns a 31-25-2 edge in the all-time series.
Alleman's DeJaegher: "We're not looking ahead to anything other than (tonight's) game. That's a recipe to get beat. Next weekend doesn't happen if we don't play well. That's a hungry and good team on the other side. This is a big challenge for us. They're big, they're physical, they're well-coached and they play hard. Their defense is very aggressive and flies to the ball. Offensively they're very efficient. They've just been bitten by injuries this year."
Moline's Sant Amour: "If we do the things we need to do, we've got a chance. Nobody is giving us a chance, but I'm OK with that. It just matters that our kids believe. At the end of practice (Thursday), I told the kids, there's no inspirational speech coming. We're playing Alleman and this is a must-win for us. It's a playoff game for us. So if I need to say anymore, I need to check them for a pulse."
Today is Wednesday, Aug. 20, the 232nd day of 2014. There are 133 days left in the year. 1864 -- 150 years ago: Quite a number of Negroes have lately been brought here by abolition offers returning from the army in violation of the laws of the state. 1889 -- 125 years ago: Miss Tillie Denkmann, of Rock Island, was making plans to accompany a Davenport family on a tour of Europe. 1914 -- 100 years ago: The German advance into Belgium was going apparently without serious check. The American ambassador at Berlin published a denial of the charge that Americans had been ill-treated in Germany. 1939 -- 75 years ago: Seventy-two members of Rock Island High School's 1939 graduating class are preparing to enter college — 34 of them at Augustana. 1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the oldest buildings in Milan, which for a number of years has housed the Milan Hotel, will be razed to make way for a modern, two-story office structure. 1989 -- 25 years ago: Some are blaming it on the sudden influx of insects and the extreme humidity. Still others say the invasion was inspired by a recent movie. But whatever the reason, the Quad-Cities is swarming with bats.