Mat Mikesell

What to watch for in Week 9: WIVC titans clash; annual Mayor's Cup

Central and Carrollton produced two thrilling games last season, and we're treated to another one to close out the regular season. The Panthers will have revenge on their minds after the Hawks ended their season in the second round...

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What to watch for in Week 8: Could Louisiana go on a winning streak? Lehenbauer running the show in Palmyra
Mat Mikesell

What to watch for in Week 8: Could Louisiana go on a winning streak? Lehenbauer running the show in Palmyra

As Lou Brown points out to his Cleveland Indians' team in Major League 2, winning three games in a row is called a winning streak. The Louisiana football team has a chance to do that after winning two straight games against Edwardsville Metro East and Par

What to watch for in Week 7: How does Scotland County respond? Who stays undefeated?
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What to watch for in Week 7: How does Scotland County respond? Who stays undefeated?

Beating the No. 1-ranked team in the Class 1 state poll has created a buzz around the Scotland County football team and the Memphis, Mo., community. It also brings a new challenge by putting a targets on the Tigers' backs. That's the message...

What to watch for in Week 6: Illinois teams facing playoff elimination; tight races in CCC, LCC
Mat Mikesell

What to watch for in Week 6: Illinois teams facing playoff elimination; tight races in CCC, LCC

We've reached just past the halfway point of the prep football season. Time flies doesn't it? With four regular season games remaining on both sides of the river, there's already teams in Illinois facing elimination from playoff contention, while Missouri

What to watch for in Week 5: Hannibal starts rolling; battle for WIVC North; intriguing cross-border matchup
Mat Mikesell

What to watch for in Week 5: Hannibal starts rolling; battle for WIVC North; intriguing cross-border matchup

Central football coach Brad Dixon won't let his players get too hyped up for any game. The truth is, Friday night's game against Beardstown is the marquee game of the regular season. The Panthers and Tigers both enter the game 4-0 and won their first two

What to Watch for in Week 4: Who stays unbeaten? Who picks up first victory?
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What to Watch for in Week 4: Who stays unbeaten? Who picks up first victory?

As the season draws closer to the halfway point, there are four teams in the area still undefeated. Three teams are still searching for their first victory, too. Which ones move to 4-0? Do any of the others break into the win column?

What to watch for in Week 3: Saying Guilavogui's name easier than stopping him
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What to watch for in Week 3: Saying Guilavogui's name easier than stopping him

He's perhaps the most dynamic player in the Western Illinois Valley Conference North Division, but good luck pronouncing Beardstown running back Pascal Guilavogui's last name on the first try. Some coaches in the WIVC won't even attempt it. "We just call

What to watch for in Week 2: Illini West coming off shutout; Lapsley's status uncertain; Saukees have chance at 2-0; South Shelby focused on conditioning
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What to watch for in Week 2: Illini West coming off shutout; Lapsley's status uncertain; Saukees have chance at 2-0; South Shelby focused on conditioning

The Illini West football team climbed up the Class 2A polls into No. 6 in the state after a 24-0 victory over Annawan-Wethersfield, the first shutout in four years for the Chargers. "Obviously we are always happy to have a shutout," Illini West coach Lyle

What to watch for in Week 1 of prep football
Mat Mikesell

What to watch for in Week 1 of prep football

High school football is back, and we're treated with a full slate of games from the opening week. In the past, the Missouri State High School Activities Association started its season one week prior to the Illinois High School Association. This year, the