Check out our predictions for every football game in the Rockford area for Week 2

Jay Taft Matt Trowbridge
Rockford Register Star
Belvidere North varsity football players enter the field before their first game of the season on Friday, Aug. 27, 2021, at Belvidere North High School in Belvidere.

As we head into Week 2 of the high school football season, it's time for our experts to chime in with their predictions for every game on the Rockford-area schedule.

The Rockford Register Star's Matt Trowbridge and Jay Taft will break down games that include the large schools (Trowbridge) and small schools (Taft) every week, plus give you their pick.


East (0-1) at Belvidere (0-1): East ran for 477 yards on 48 carries in a 50-7 win over Belvidere last year. The Bucs should have a better offense this year under first-year coach Tony Ambrogio, but its hard to imagine Belvidere slowing perhaps the two fastest running backs in the conference in Javius Catlin and Deterrace Dotson. East 50, Belvidere 20.

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Belvidere North (1-0) at Boylan (1-0). The Titans had the fewest returning starters in the NIC-10. It doesn't matter. Boylan always seems to be Boylan. And the two players the Titans return, all-conference picks Joey Appino and Mat Logan, are two-way starters. North has a stout defense, but Boylan's is probably even better. Boylan 20, Belvidere North 7.

Freeport (1-0) at Auburn (1-0): Both teams struggled on offense last week, especially throwing, but came through with a couple of big plays. Freeport probably has more talent, but the many of the most-talented Pretzels are only sophomores and juniors. Is that grown up enough to win at Auburn? Yes. Freeport 17, Auburn 14.

Jefferson (0-1) at Harlem (0-1). Jefferson leads the conference in passing after one week but has also thrown five interceptions. For the first time in years, Harlem may be better on defense than offense, but should be too much for Jefferson on both sides of the ball. Harlem 63, Jefferson 14.

Hononegah (1-0) at Guilford (0-1): The Vikings kept last week's game against Auburn close, losing only 21-7, but were outgained 331 yards to 81 with the Knights having an almost 2-to-1 edge in time of possession. that won't work against the NIC-10 preseason favorites. Hononegah, with one of the best offensive and defensive lines in the conference, loves to control the ball and grind down the clock. Hononegah 45, Guilford 7.

Kishwaukee River/Interstate Eight

Herscher (1-0) at Rochelle (1-0): Rochelle (832) has 328 more students than Herscher. They both reached the Class 4A quarterfinals in 2017, with the Hubs barely losing 14-9 to state runner-up Morris while Herscher was crushed 77-47 by Highland. Both teams scored at least 60 points in easy wins last year, but Rochelle has more tradition and more students and should run over Herscher. Rochelle 35, Herscher 21.

Week 1 Game of the Week:Hononegah football rides defense to season-opening win over rival Harlem

Big Northern Conference

North Boone (1-0) at Dixon (1-0): The Vikings' new QB Chandler Alderman will get tested a lot more this week after throwing for 185 yards and four TDs in the opener against Lutheran. Dixon came out strong with a 35-0 win over Oregon, but this will be a stiffer test for the Dukes as well. Dixon 28, North Boone 24

Winnebago (0-1) at Byron (1-0): These two teams are Big Northern Conference rivals, and Byron narrowly hung on for a 28-25 win during the COVID-19-shortened spring season. But Byron looked for real in a 35-0 whipping of Stillman Valley last week, while Winnebago was beaten badly, losing 26-3 to Genoa-Kingston. Byron 35, Winnebago 14

Lutheran (0-1) at Genoa-Kingston (1-0): Lutheran needs to step it up and have a good showing this week after it lost 35-0 last week. G-K, however manhandled Winnebago in Week 1, and looks to be a BNC title contender this year. This could change if Lutheran finds some offensive rhythm this week, but ... G-K 31, Lutheran 20.

Rock Falls (1-0) at Stillman Valley (0-1): Rock Falls has just one winning season since 1992, but the Rockets returned a vast majority of their starters, and then power-rolled over Rockford Christian 50-0 last Friday. This will be a different story, as the Cardinals are in dire need of a win after getting shut out by Byron in Week 1. Stillman Valley 24, Rock Falls 20

Rockford Christian (0-1) at Oregon (0-1): Neither team got in the end zone in Week 1 as they were outscored by a combined 85-0. Something has to give, and it should go Oregon's way. Oregon 26, Rockford Christian 14

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Forreston (1-0) at Durand/Pecatonica (1-0): Forreston has outscored Du/Pec 84-12 in the two programs' meetings, but that was before Hunter Hoffman took over at QB, and before the Rivermen turned into NUIC title contenders. This one could go down to the wire. Du/Pec 35, Forreston 30

Dakota (0-1) at Lena-Winslow (1-0): Dakota was unimpressive during a 42-22 loss to Ottawa Marquette in the opener, and will have to improve dramatically in one week's time to get this upset. Le-Win 42, Dakota 26

Eastland/Pearl City (0-1) at Stockton (0-1): This is a chance for Stockton to get back on track following its 38-14 setback to Forreston last Friday. Stockton 33, E/PC 24


Milford co-op (0-1) at Aquin (1-0), 1 p.m. Saturday: Aquin showed what it was capable of during a 52-8 win over River Ridge in the opener, and the team that finished No. 1 in the Class 1A (11-man) state rankings in the spring will continue its onslaught of the 8-man world this week. Aquin 60, Milford 12

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