It was a banner beginning for Flick's Picks last week, with a 5-0 performance in week one. Let's see what week two holds as we welcome in our Illinois schools.
• WHITEWATER (0-1) AT BELOIT TURNER (1-0): This one shouldn't be close, unless of course first half Turner decides to play the entire game. If second half Turner shows up from the opening kickoff, the out-manned Whippets don't have a chance to keep this one close.
Whitewater has some size, but not much speed. Turner, on the other hand, has speed to burn and strength to go with it. As long as the Trojans play like they are capable, they won't be sweating this one out.
TURNER 49, WHITEWATER 12
• BRODHEAD-JUDA (0-1) at CLINTON (1-0). It's a difficult start to the season for the Cardinals. Hosting high-powered rival Big Foot in week one, then traveling to the defending conference champion in week two. Clinton had a huge win in week one, keeping their names at the top of a short list for potential conference champions.
I still think Brodhead-Juda has the opportunity to get to five wins and continue its state-record playoff streak. But I don't believe this will account for one of the five. Clinton is healthy and Zach Krause is running with no regard to his own health or that of his opponents. Fun to watch on tape!
CLINTON 35, BRODHEAD-JUDA 20.
• VERONA (1-0) at BELOIT MEMORIAL (0-1). We saw some progress last week from the Purple Knights in a 20-0 loss at Madison West, particularly on the defensive side of the ball. The Knights are confident they will improve offensively, but this might be a tough week to showcase that improvement.
Verona already has one shutout to its credit. I don't think they'll get another one, but I do think they come out with the road win.
VERONA 27, BELOIT MEMORIAL 7
• GUILFORD at HONONEGAH: The season opener for the IHSA squads, and the Indians welcome in a rebuilding Guilford team under a new coach. These are the types of games Hononegah wins. I love the size of their offensive line and feel like they can control the clock and control the game.
HONONEGAH 31, GUILFORD 12.
• VARNA at SOUTH BELOIT: The SoBos are optimistic they can at least match last season's four wins, and this is a great way to start the season. They pounded Varna last year, and I expect another win tonight.
SOUTH BELOIT 35, VARNA 6.
• BIG FOOT (1-0) at EAST TROY (1-0). Man, this should be a heck of a game. The Trojans were less than impressive in game one but pulled out a win against McFarland, while the Chiefs pulled away late at Brodhead. The Chiefs will be missing Jack Heidenreich, one of their top targets, with an injury, but it's a position of strength for Big Foot so they should be able to overcome his loss. I view this one as a toss-up, but in the end I've got faith in Jackson Enz to make plays.
BIG FOOT 42, EAST TROY 41.
• MARSHALL (0-1) at PARKVIEW (0-1): The Vikings have yet to enter conference play, and despite Marshall's week one loss, they are still a tough matchup for the Vikings.
MARSHALL 32, PARKVIEW 20