Time to start the "educated guesses" on how everyone will fair in Week 1. Glad we can't base everything on the scrimmage, but how many of the 7 SWAL teams can win this week? And is anyone going to the Games at Platteville this weekend (5 game package with the last one being Pec vs Ridge).

(Last Year's Records follow)

New Glarus (7-3) at IG (9-2)
Fennimore (10-3) at Dodgeville (2-7)
Platteville (8-2) at Darlington (9-3)
Parkview (1-8) at Cuba City (5-4)
Riverdale (6-4) at Royall (0-9)
Boscobel (1-8) at Potosi (7-5)
Mineral Point (1-8) at Marshall (2-7)

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And is anyone going to the Games at Platteville this weekend (5 game package with the last one being Pec vs Ridge).

Pec-Argyle vs. River Ridge
Belmont vs. Cassville
Shullsburg vs. Highland
Blackhawk vs. Benton/Scales Mound
Potosi vs. Boscobel
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Iowa Grant over New Glarus by 10 Easy Pick
Fennimore over Dodgeville by 7 Easy Pick, spread is not
Platteville over Darlington by 14 Easy Pick
Cuba City over Parkview by 21 Easy Pick
Riverdale over Royal by 14 Easy Pick
Potosi over Boscobel by 14 Easy Pick
Marshall over Mineral Point by 7 Tough Pick
Southwestern over Galena by 7 Tough Pick

6-Rivers Games
Pec-Argyle over River Ridge by 7
Cassville over Belmont by 7
Highland over Shullsburg by 7
BlackHawk over Benton/Scales Mound by 14
Potosi over Boscobel by 14
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I'll take: IG, Fenny, Platteville, Cuba, Riverdale, Potosi, and MP.
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From the TH:

Galena, Southwestern to stoke rivalry[/align]Decker, Martin Pirates, Wildcats[/align][link=http://www.thonline.com/contactstaff.cfm?articleid=129138]by ERIN MURPHY[/link][/align] [/align]

Football is perhaps the truest team sport, but two individuals hold the key to tonight's regular season opener between renewed interstate rivals.

Galena running back Brandon Decker and Southwestern quarterback Blake Martin will be focal points as the Pirates and Wildcats kick off the 2006 regular season at Galena's Chuck Korte Field (7 p.m., radio: KIYX-FM 106.1). Decker is a returning 1,000-yard rusher and Martin is a dual-threat signal caller.

Both can make defenses pay dearly.

"It starts with Blake Martin. He's definitely one of their leaders," Galena coach Ed Freed said of the Wildcats' 6-foot-2, 205-pound junior QB. "He has a good arm, he has good size. We definitely have to make sure we catch him and tackle him pressure him as much as we can."

Southwestern coach David Wills is equally concerned with Decker.

"We have to stop the run, and they've got Decker. He's a great runner," Wills said. "We have to make sure we stop him."

Galena - which was ranked No. 8 in the Illinois Class 1A preseason poll - and Southwestern

restarted their natural geographic rivalry last fall after a long layoff. The Pirates (5-5 last year) won a 25-13 decision in a game dominated by big plays - most on special teams.

"One thing we've preached this year is being disciplined enough that we don't make stupid mistakes, and also to eliminate big plays," said Wills, whose team finished 4-5 last fall. "Not only the Galena game, but we got beat like that a lot last year."

Though Decker and Martin will be given plenty of attention, both teams feature other weapons as well. Southwestern is strong up front and gets back second team all-conference receiver Joey Hilby. The Pirates, also solid in the trenches, have all-conference receiver Spencer DuPlessis available.

"We've had a good offseason, spring and summer, and we've had a good preseason camp," Freed said. "We've got a good bunch of guys who are working very hard, and they're just excited to get the season going."

By all accounts the renewal of this rivalry game - Hazel Green, Wis., and Galena are only about 10 miles apart - was a success last year and both sides hope to continue the series. The only hitch is the realignment of the Northwest Upstate Illini Conference, which left Galena short on non-conference dates.

"It's a really nice thing for both communities," Freed said. "We'd like to keep it going. Hopefully we can continue it."

TH prediction - Galena 27, Southwestern 14.

Platteville at Darlington
Kickoff - 2 p.m.
Last year - Platteville won, 17-14.
Radio - WGLR-AM 1280, WPVL-AM 1590.
Outlook - The Redbirds are in a rebuilding year. Of course, they were last year, too, and still managed to win a piece of the SWAL title.
But big back Louis Nzegwu could be too much for Darlington this time around. These teams have played some exciting games in the past few years, and keeping Nzegwu in check will be the key if the 'Birds hope to be in another tight one today.
TH prediction - Platteville 21, Darlington 7.[/align]
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