Alleman managed to cling to a Top 10 spot in this week's state football rankings from the Associated Press.
Not so, though, in the Quad Cities Prep Football Power Poll.
After getting blitzed by state-rated Peoria High 50-7 in last weekend's home opener, the Pioneers joined another traditional local power in quickly bowing out of the Top 10 in the local media rankings.
Assumption, another Top 10 fixture in the bi-state ballot, also ended up in the others receiving votes category this week.
The downgrade was Alleman's first non-Top 10 ranking by local sportswriters and broadcasters since the final two weeks of the 2009 campaign, when the Pioneers first fell into the others group in Week 9 and ended the season a week later out of the rankings altogether.
Since then, during a 41-week run in the local poll's Top 10, the Pioneers twice have been Illinois state runners-up, in 2010 and 2012, and last season reached the state semifinals in Class 4A.
Assumption, a 41-6 opening night victim of top-ranked rival Bettendorf, also is in danger of tumbling out of the area's media ratings for the first time since the end of 2009, with the Knights facing state finalist Cedar Rapids Xavier this weekend.
Alleman also must have a bounce-back game in a proving contest, traveling to fellow receiving votes Galesburg, which rallied to win its season opener at Moline.
The Dispatch and The Rock Island Argus administers the vote for an eighth straight season.
Participating co-sponsors include WQAD-TV 8, Mediacom's MC22, WFXN-AM 1230's Quad Cities Radio Group, ESPN 93.5's TownSquare Media, QC SportsNet, Aledo's WRMJ-FM 102.3, Kewanee-based Regional Media and the Kewanee Star Courier.
Bettendorf, which is coming off a 19th appearance in the Iowa state semifinals, remained on top locally by receiving 17 of the 20 first-place votes cast for 178 of the possible 200 voting points.
Geneseo (2) and Sterling Newman (1) accounted for the other top nods, with both also moving up a spot this week -- to No. 2 for Newman's defending Illinois Class 2A state champs and to No. 4 for last year's Illinois 4A runners-up from Geneseo.
Rock Island (2nd to 3rd) and North Scott (7th to 5th) round out this week's Top 5.
Rockridge, Erie-Prophetstown, Annawan-Wethersfield, Pleasant Valley and Mercer County make up the Top 10's second half in order.
Rockridge jumped from 8th to 6th despite getting edged in the opener by Newman. E-P and A & W, last week's top vote-getters outside of the Top 10, were promoted thanks to victories combined with season-opening losses by Alleman (formerly sixth), Assumption (10th last week), PV and Mercer County.
PV remained 9th after falling to North Scott in a 7-3 battle.
Mercer County, Illinois 2A's state champs in 2012, tumbled from fourth to 10th after getting shut out by Illinois' fifth-ranked 3A club, Elmwood-Brimfield.
In all, a whopping 18 squads received voting recognition from the panel.
QC Prep Football Power Poll
-- These local media rankings are determined on a descending points system, with a first-place vote receiving 10 points, a second-place vote receiving 9 points, and so on. Presented by The Dispatch and The Rock Island Argus, WQAD-TV 8, Mediacom's MC22, WFXN-AM 1230's Quad Cities Radio Group, ESPN 93.5's TownSquare Media, QC SportsNet, Aledo's WRMJ-FM 102.3, Kewanee-based Regional Media and the Kewanee Star Courier.
Rank. Team (1st) Rec. Pts. LWK.
1. Bettendorf (17) 1-0 178 1 -- Last week: Beat then-No. 10 Assumption, 41-6 at Brady Street Stadium.Comment: The last time the Bulldogs bit their long-time rivals this bad, Bettendorf chewed up a 13-0 state title-winning season in 1988. Now, for Iowa Class 4A's third-ranked club comes another blast from the past to christen new astro turf and a renovated Merv Habenicht Field at TouVelle Stadium. Next: Friday hosts Iowa City High (0-1).
2. Sterling Newman (1) 1-0 153 3 -- Last week: Won at then-No. 8 Rockridge, 20-14. Comment: The defending Illinois 2A state champs survived a trip to the Launching Pad despite getting outgained 326-154. Fourteen straight victories now, after avenging last season's opening loss, begs the question: Who's going to knock off the Comets? Newman's not even to conference play yet, where it's won four straight crowns and counting in a rugged circuit, with victories in 32 of its last 33 league games. Next: Saturday hosts Princeton (1-0).
3. Rock Island 1-0 149 2 -- Last week: Won at Peoria Manual, 19-12. Comment: The two-time defending Western Big 6 Conference champs underwhelmed in their weather-impacted debut against a lightly-regarded foe. However, now comes a fellow traditional state power for Illinois 6A's seventh-rated Rocks as the warm up to next weekend's expected league title showdown at state-ranked Quincy. Next: Friday hosts Peoria Richwoods (0-1).
4. Geneseo (2) 1-0 136 5 -- Last week: Beat Dunlap, 42-14. Comment: How I wish the Leafs and the four remaining NCIC West schools would finally join the Big 6 for football scheduling purposes. The Northern Illinois Big 12 has crumbled to 10 teams, and of the five squads left on Geneseo's side of the league, only Rochelle joined Illinois 5A's fifth-ranked squad in winning debuts. The losses were all to state-ranked schools -- Chicago Leo and roadies at Metamora and Lincoln-Way North. Yet, playing Big 6 schools in meaningful games on this side of the state is a bad idea? The first Geneseo game of any real consequence comes at midseason at state-ranked Rochelle on Sept. 26. Next: Friday at Blue Island Eisenhower (0-1).
5. North Scott 1-0 130 7 -- Last week: Won at then-No. 9 Pleasant Valley, 7-3. Comment: Not often do the offensive-minded Lancers win games with their defense and toughness. However, physicality was the difference for Iowa 4A's eighth-ranked team in an opening night trench war. North Scott made a pair of Fourth-and-One stops plus turned back a potential game-winning PV drive late. Next: Friday hosts No. 12 Muscatine (1-0).
6. Rockridge 0-1 69 8 -- Last week: Lost to then-No. 3 Sterling Newman, 20-14. Comment: Despite offseason losses including All-Staters Darren Southwell and Dalton McManus, Rockridge looked plenty capable of contending for a state title and second straight league crown. Illinois 2A's fourth-ranked club got 205 rushing yards, 60 more in the air and both touchdowns from new QB Luke Johnson. Next: Friday at Riverdale (0-1).
7. Erie-Prophetstown 1-0 54.5 12 -- Last week: Won at then-No. 13 Kewanee, 45-19. Comment: Dylan Binion was the new plowhorse for the rebuilding Panthers, rushing for 140 yards and two TDs on 30 carries. However, E-P's 26-point fourth-quarter explosion was sparked by a 75-yard interception return for a score by Dvaree Thompson. Now we'll see if a crew getting state-ranking mention in Illinois 3A can keep the ball rolling. Next:Friday hosts Spring Valley Hall (1-0).
8. Annawan-Wethersfield 1-0 49 11 -- Last week: Beat Farmington, 42-21. Comment: The Titans overcame a 75-minute weather delay, the evaporation of an early 21-6 lead and an injury to starting running back Bo VanOpdorp. Sophomore Jason Ince helped all of that go away with 92 yards rushing and two scores in relief. QB Tanner Litton was huge, too, with 159 yards of total offense. Now, for the next trick, a team getting mentioned in the Illinois 2A state rankings tries to top a foe fellow defending Lincoln Trail Conference champ Mercer County could not solve last week. Next: Friday at state-ranked Elmwood-Brimfield (1-0).
9. Pleasant Valley 0-1 46 9 -- Last week: Lost to then-No. 7 North Scott, 7-3. Comment: After winning 23 straight regular-season games, and back-to-back Mississippi Athletic Conference titles in the process, the rebuilding Spartans are trying to avoid an 0-2 start with another tough early-season contest on tap. Next: Friday at state-ranked Linn-Mar Marion (1-0).
10. Mercer County 0-1 45 4 -- Last week: Lost to state-ranked Elmwood-Brimfield, 28-0. Comment: Amazing stat: Despite returning quarterback Spencer Wood, Illinois 2A's sixth-ranked club has not scored in its last eight quarters of football, also getting blanked in last year's state semifinals by Sterling Newman. The Golden Eagles also have goose eggs in their last two regular-season games, counting last season's head-scratching finale at Annawan-Wethersfield. Are the 2012 state champs showing signs of mortality? The last time the old Aledo powerhouse started 0-2 was back in 2000.Next: Friday at Farmington (0-1).
ALSO RECEIVING VOTES:
11. Alleman 0-1 28 6 -- Last week: Lost to state-ranked Peoria High, 50-7 at Augustana's Lindberg Stadium. Comment: Speaking of stunners, Illinois 4A's ninth-ranked squad last had to recover from a beating this bad in 2001 -- Dave DeJaegher's first season as head coach. That's when a 4-5 bunch of Pioneers were blanked by Moline (49-0), Geneseo (42-0), United Township (41-0) and Rock Island (24-0). Peoria High outgained Alleman an eye-popping 583-71. Now, a proving game looms for a program that's posted three state runner-up finishes in the last nine seasons, and reached the state semifinals last year. Alleman last started 0-2 in a winless 1993 campaign. Next: Friday at No. 13 Galesburg (1-0).
12. Muscatine 1-0 21 14t -- Last week: Won at Dubuque Hempstead, 31-16. Comment: A defense with nine new starters limited an offense featuring a returning 1,200-yard rusher and veteran quarterback to 68 yards on the ground. But now comes an even bigger test for the Muskies. Next: Friday at No. 5 North Scott (1-0).
13. Galesburg 1-0 17 14t -- Last week: Won at Moline, 26-22. Comment: Everything's going the Streaks' way right now. First, a teacher's strike was settled at the 11th hour last week to allow the season-opener to be played. Next, Galesburg rallied from a 22-13 deficit with two scores mid-way through the fourth quarter at Moline. Now, despite concerns about construction delays, a revamped VanDyke Field is ready for Friday's home opener. In a key game for both club's fortunes, the Streaks also get an Alleman club with its confidence shaken after last weekend. Next: Friday hosts No. 11 Alleman (0-1).
14. Orion 1-0 11 16 -- Last week: Beat then-No. 17 Fulton, 33-26. Comment: The Chargers avenged last year's costly season-opening loss, holding Fulton to minus-8 yards in building a 14-0 halftime lead before holding on. Now the school's first 2-0 start in three seasons is very much in reach. Next: Friday at Morrison (0-1).
15. Assumption 0-1 5.5 10 -- Last week: Lost to then-No. 1 Bettendorf, 41-6 at Brady Street Stadium.Comment: An 0-2 start is a rarity for a program that ranks among Iowa's Top 10 in all-time playoff appearances with 25. However, 3A's eighth-ranked Knights are staring squarely at that stark possibility with another returning 4A semifinalist on their ledger. Next: Thursday hosts state-ranked Cedar Rapids Xavier (1-0) at Brady Street Stadium.
16. Sherrard 1-0 5 18t -- Last week: Beat Riverdale, 20-3. Comment: Don't start printing playoff tickets yet, Tigers fans. Sherrard started 3-0 against this same schedule last season only to finish out of the postseason at 4-5. The season's biggest stretch won't start until Sept. 19 when Rockridge rolls into town. The Tigers also travel to Newman on Oct. 18 to conclude a hoped-for revenge tour. So stay tuned. Next: Friday at Amboy-LaMoille (1-0).
17. Central DeWitt 1-0 2 -- Last week: Beat Clinton, 55-20. Comment: An impressive start for the Sabres, man-handling a larger, neighboring foe. Rolling up 288 rushing yards and a 45-7 lead by halftime bodes well for a double-wing attack going forward. Next: Friday at Benton Community (0-1).
18. Moline 0-1 1 NR -- Last week: Lost to then-No. 14t Galesburg, 26-22. Comment: The Cubs of the Big 6 broke more hearts last weekend, allowing Galesburg to rally from a 22-13, fourth-quarter deficit. Fumbles were again Moline's big bugaboo, with both of last weekend's bobbles aiding the Streaks' comeback. The Maroons have plenty to build on, though, including 105 rushing yards by newcomer Shaquon Davis. Next: Friday at state-ranked Peoria High (1-0).
Anthony Sandoval, email@example.com Dispatch/Argus prep reporter
1. Geneseo 2. Rock Island 3. Sterling Newman 4. Annawan-Wethersfield 5. Erie-Prophetstown 6. Rockridge 7. Galesburg 8. Mercer County 9. Orion 10. Sherrard
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QC Prep Football Power Poll glance
These local media rankings, presented by The Dispatch and The Rock Island Argus, are determined on a descending points system, with a first-place vote receiving 10 points, a second-place vote receiving 9 points, and so on. Other voters are representatives of WQAD-TV 8, Mediacom's MC22, WFXN-AM 1230's Quad Cities Radio Group, ESPN 93.5's TownSquare Media, QC SportsNet, Aledo's WRMJ-FM 102.3, Kewanee-based Regional Media and the Kewanee Star Courier.
Rank. Team (1st) Rec. Pts. LWK.
1. Bettendorf (17) 1-0 178 1 2. Sterling Newman (1) 1-0 153 3 3. Rock Island 1-0 149 2 4. Geneseo (2) 1-0 136 5 5. North Scott 1-0 130 7 6. Rockridge 0-1 69 8 7. Erie-Prophetstown 1-0 54.5 12 8. Annawan-Wethersfield 1-0 49 11 9. Pleasant Valley 0-1 46 9 10. Mercer County 0-1 45 4
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