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 Saturday, Sept. 20, the 263rd day of 2014. There are 102 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: Recruits can get $500 by enlisting now. Lt Jobe has a recruiting office on Illinois Street. 1889 -- 125 years ago: Superintendent Schnitger formally inaugurated the Rock Island and Davenport Railway Line of the Holmes system by putting on four cars to start. 1914 -- 100 years ago: Wires of the defunct Union Electric Co. are being removed by city electricians. 1939 -- 75 years ago: The Bishop Hill softball team won the championship in WHB"S Mississippi Valley tournament at Douglas Park. 1964 -- 50 years ago: A boom in apartment construction has hit Rock Island, with approximately 300 units either in or near the construction stage or due for an early rezoning decision. 1989 -- 25 years ago: Members of the Bi-State Metropolitan Planning Commission are hoping to revive their push for a new $70 million four-lane bridge spanning the Mississippi River.