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 Thursday, July 31, the 212th day of 2014. There are 153 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: A corps of surgeons now occupies the new hospital quarters at the Garrison Hospital on the Rock Island Arsenal. A fence has been installed to enclose the prison hospital. 1889 -- 125 years ago: B. Winter has let a contract to Christ Schreiner for a two story brick building with a double store front on the south side of 3rd Avenue just west of 17th Street. The estimated cost was $4,500. 1914 -- 100 years ago: Germany sent simultaneous ultimatums to Russia and France, demanding that Russia suspend mobilization within 12 hours and demanding that France inform Germany within 18 hours. In the case of war between Germany and Russia, France would remain neutral. 1939 -- 75 years ago: Civil service offices at the post office and the Rock Island Arsenal were swamped as more than 700 youths sought 15 machinist apprenticeships at the Arsenal. 1964 -- 50 years ago: Last night, American Legion Post 246 in Moline figuratively handed over the trousers to a female ex-Marine and petticoat rule began. Olga Swanson, of Moline, was installed as the first woman commander of the post . 1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Quad City Civic Center captured the excitement and interest of a convention of auditorium managers this weekend in Reno, Nev. Bill Adams, civic center authority chairman, said the 10,000-seat arena planned for downtown Moline has caught the eye of construction firms, suppliers, management teams and concession groups.