Football: By the numbers for Week 9 of the high school football season
Here are some numbers that help explain Week 9 and the first round of the playoffs for the high school football season.
That's how many area teams clinched outright conference championships on Friday.
Eastland-Pearl City (9-0, 8-0) won the NUIC Northwest title for the second straight year with a 26-7 win over Forreston.
Newman beat Amboy 48-7 to win the first Three Rivers North title. The Comets have had at least a share of a conference title in each of the last four seasons.
That's how many regular season games that Eastland-Pearl City has won in a row. Its last loss came in Week 9 of the 2011 season to Forreston (13-6).
That's how many wins the Erie-Prophetstown Panthers have after Friday's 28-7 win over Orion.
That's the most wins in the history of the co-op. The previous best was six set in 2002.
That's how many area running backs finished the regular season with more than 1,000 rushing yards.
Erie-Prophetstown's Nick Williams led the area with 1,794 rushing yards. He could reach 2,000 for the season if the Panthers can advance in the playoffs.
He was followed by Fulton's Austin Regenwether (1,225) and Newman's Jake Snow (1,087).
That's how many points that Fulton scored during its four-game winning streak to end the season. That is an average of 46 points per game in wins over Princeton, Riverdale, Amboy and Bureau Valley.
The downside is that those four teams contributed only seven playoff points to Fulton's total of 34.
That's how many different ways that Jordan Harris scored a touchdown during Milledgeville's 62-27 win over AFC on Friday.
First, Harris threw a TD pass to Caleb Skoog in the first quarter. He then returned the second-half kickoff 80 yards for a touchdown. Later in the third quarter, he returned an interception for a touchdown. For good measure, he rushed for a touchdown in the fourth quarter.
That's how many teams from the NIB-12 East qualified for the playoffs. Morris was the lone team not to make it.
On the flip side, only one team from the NIB-12 West (Geneseo) made the playoffs.
That's how many years in a row that Newman has made the playoffs. It is the longest streak in the Sauk Valley.
Eastland-Pearl City is on a run of seven seasons, and Erie-Prophetstown has now made it in back-to-back seasons.
Rock Falls has the longest playoff drought at 21 seasons.
That's how many area teams qualified for the playoffs. They are Eastland-Pearl City, Erie-Prophetstown, Newman and Oregon.
That is the lowest number of playoff teams from the area since the IHSA expanded the playoffs to eight classes in 2001.
That's the average number of playoff teams from the area since 2001. The high water mark was 11 playoff teams in 2006. In 2007, the area had 10 playoff teams.
The area has been below average the last three seasons. It had four this season. It had six in 2012 and five in 2011.
That's how many playoff points it took for a 5-4 team to qualify for the 2013 playoffs. Two area teams reached five wins, but did not make the playoffs.
Sterling saw its 11-year playoff qualifying streak end with 35 points. Seeking its first playoff berth since 2007, Fulton missed with 34 points.
That's the combined winning percentage of the 15 Sauk Valley teams through Week 9. Area teams went 61-74 this season.
That is down from 67-68 (.497) a year ago. The area also had six playoff qualifiers in 2012, compared to four in 2013.
That's how many times the area has had teams reach five wins and not make the playoffs since the IHSA expanded to eight classes.
Joining Fulton and Sterling are the 2009 Rock Falls Rockets and the 2012 AFC Raiders.