Top performances from Week 1 high school football in the Rockford area

Jay Taft Matt Trowbridge
Rockford Register Star

Week 1 of the high school football season is here.

Each week, the Rockford Register Star will take a look at the top performing teams and players from Friday night games across the Rockford area.

Here is our list for opening night:

Byron and North Boone

Two of the most recent powers from the Big Northern Conference put up 35-0 victories to kickstart the season — Byron over rival Stillman Valley, and North Boone over Lutheran.

Byron got 104 yards and three TDs on just 11 carries from Chandler Binkley, the BNC's top returning rusher from last year, while QB Braden Smith went 5-for-8 for 94 yards and a TD.

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"Chandler ran the ball hard for us, and Braden really did the job tonight," Byron head coach Jeff Boyer said. "It felt good to start off like this... Our kids played hard, and showed what they're capable of."

North Boone's QB Chandler Alderman — trying to fill the shoes of conference-leading QBs Britton Morris and Logan Emanuel before him — was 13-for-23 for 185 yards with four TD passes, three of them going to Will Doetch. Chris Doetch rushed for 103 yards on eight carries with a score.

Oregon, another local BNC squad, found itself on the wrong side of a 35-0 game Friday, falling to Dixon in its opener. Oregon was held to 74 total yards in the loss.

Hononegah's defense

The Hononegah defense was the star of the show in Friday night's 14-6 win over Harlem, holding a 34:45 to 17:25 advantage in time of possession while keeping the once-potent Huskies offense off the field much of the night.

"It was never easy out there," Harlem's newest starting QB Austin Redmon said. He was pressured 11 times.

Harlem was just 3-for-22 on third downs, and Hononegah held the Huskies to 54 yards rushing and 94 yards passing — 60 of which came on one fourth-quarter Hail Mary that turned into a touchdown.

Harlem's Zaire Sherman runs into a wall of Hononegah defenders in the second quarter of their game on Friday, Aug. 27, 2021, at Hononegah High School in Rockton. Hononegah's defense stifened up in a 14-6 season-opening win.

J'Mar Johnson, Boylan

Johnson had three interceptions, including one returned for a touchdown, in the Titans' 68-14 victory over Jefferson.

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Donovan Hanserd, Boylan

Hanserd ran six times for 112 yards and two TDs, averaging 18.7 yards per carry, in a 68-14 win over Jefferson.

Mekhi Glover, Boylan

Glover ran for 97 yards and three TDs on only seven carries in the Titans' 68-14 win over Jefferson.

Belvidere North's defense

The Blue Thunder held East to 172 yards on 40 carries — 75 of them on one play — in a 14-12 victory over the E-Rabs.

East's Shamar Holt runs the ball against Belvidere North's Nicholas Winters in the first quarter of their NIC-10 game on Friday, Aug. 27, 2021, at Belvidere North High School in Belvidere.

Randy Johnson, Jefferson

Johnson led the J-Hawks with 94 yards receiving and one TD on six catches in a 68-14 loss to Boylan.

Oshavion Dismuke, Auburn

Dismuke completed 11 of 20 passes for 96 yards and a TD in Auburn's 20-7 win over Guilford.

Daquavion Oaks, Auburn

Made a tackle in the end zone for a safety in Auburn's 20-7 win over Guilford.

Xzaveon Segner, Freeport

The junior quarterback accounted for 179 of the Pretzels 300 yards and three of their four TDs in a 28-7 win over Belvidere. Segner ran nine times for 79 yards and two TDs and completed 3 of 9 passes for 100 yards and a TD.

Freeport's defense

The Pretzels held Belvidere to 103 total yards and forced two turnovers in a 28-7 victory.

Evan Broge, Aquin

Broge ran for five touchdowns — all over 35 yards — and 322 yards on only 13 carries as Aquin crushed River Ridge 52-8 in its first-ever 8-man game.

Forreston's offensive line

Noah Johnson ran for 96 yards, Devonte King-Black 85 and Matthew Belteran 66 yards and three TDs behind a dominant offensive line that paved the way for 461 yards on 61 carries in Forreston's 38-14 win over Stockton.

Jace Phillips and Jamie Stocks, Stockton

Phillips made 13 tackles and Stocks had 12 tackles and a forced fumble in Stockton's 38-14 loss to Forreston.

Gunar Lobdell, Orangeville

Lobdell ran for 157 yards and five TDs on only eight carries in a 67-14 win over Alden-Hebron in the Broncos' first game in 8-man football.