By Chris Johnson
Stillman Valley beat back the Rock Falls Rockets on Friday, Sept. 20, 48-0, to win their fourth straight and remain locked in at the top in the Big Northern Conference.
They share the position again this week with the Genoa-Kingston Cogs who also rolled their Big Northern foe on Friday. The two current conference leaders meet up on Friday, Oct. 25, in game nine of the 2019 regular season. The post-season preview will be played at Stillman Valley.
The Cardinals reached a new level in offensive performance in their week four shellacking of Rock Falls. Their previous season high occurred in week three with the 43-35 decision over Winnebago.
Offensively, Stillman Valley’s recent efforts have pushed them towards the top of the stat sheet, relating to total points scored this season. Their 146 puts them six points behind Byron and less than 30 away from Genoa-Kingston’s total, which at 180, is one of the highest per game totals in the area, paired with just 19 points allowed this season, defensively.
At 4-0 in the Big Northern, the Cardinals know they are in the best possible position they can be and have a good chance at possible post-season consideration if they can knock off the Oregon Hawks this Friday night on the road.
Five wins never guarantees a team will make it into the playoffs, but it does look possible in a situation where regular weekly competition features a lot of teams with strong win totals. Playoff points always help an above .500 team in the Big Northern.
Following this Friday night’s meeting with Oregon the Cardinals return home for the final time prior to the 2019 regular season finale with Genoa-Kingston at the end of October.
Stillman Valley, with a win this Friday, will enter their week six match at home against North Boone in search of the recently-elusive sixth win.
Two road matches help open the final third of the season and the swing begins in northern LaSalle County for an Oct. 11 showdown with the Mendota Trojans.
Week eight is closer to home with a trip to Rockford Lutheran scheduled. Oct. 25 is the last game of the regular season for Stillman Valley, which will be looking to get back into the second season again this year, with a possible opening round game at home at stake.

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