Dispatch/Argus sports writers Marc Nesseler and Steve Tappa preview round two of the high school football playoffs in the latest edition of the Dispatch/Argus Sports 'Press Box'. This week's match-ups includes Rockridge vs. Mercer County in a rematch of the 1998 state championship game won by Aledo. Other match-ups include the third-seeded Alleman Pioneers (8-2) at the No. 2 Mahomet-Seymour Bulldogs (9-1); the fifth-seeded Plano Reapers (9-1) at the No. 4 Geneseo Maple Leafs (9-1) and the fifth-seeded Stillman Valley Cardinals (8-2) at the No. 4 Erie-Prophetstown Panthers (8-2). VIDEO:
Today is Friday, Aug. 1, the 213th day of 2014. There are 152 days left in the year.
1864 — 150 years ago: A mad dog was shot in Davenport after biting several other canines and snapping at several children. The police should abate this nuisance — there are about 500 dogs in this city that ought to be killed at once. 1889 — 125 years ago: Track laying operations on 2nd Avenue, stopped by the Moline-Rock Island company last spring for lack of rail, have been resumed. 1914 — 100 years ago: Bulletins allowed to come through the strong continental censorship of all war news indicated that Germany was advancing with a dash against both Russia and France. 1939 — 75 years ago: Emil J Klein, of Rock Island, was elected commander of Rock Island Post 200, American Legion. 1964 — 50 years ago: Members of the Davenport police department and their families are being invited to the department's family picnic to be held Aug. 27 at the Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds. 1989 — 25 years ago: Beginning this fall, Black Hawk College will offer a continuing education course in horseback riding at the Wright Way Equestrian Center, Moline, located just east of the Deere Administration Center.