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Week 2 Previews: Home Sweet Home

  • Aiden Kuhn rushed for 82 yards on 15 carries with his longest being a 14-yard run against Johnston City in Week 1.

    Aiden Kuhn rushed for 82 yards on 15 carries with his longest being a 14-yard run against Johnston City in Week 1.
    SHAWN PILKINGTON | For The Register

By Spyder Dann
updated: 9/5/2019 9:56 AM

If home truly is where the heart is at, then Harrisburg and Eldorado head coaches Gabe Angelly and Joe Clark also hope home is where the wins are.

Both ball clubs have their home opener Friday as Harrisburg (0-1) plays host to Du Quoin, while Eldorado (1-0) welcomes Chester to Boz Adams.

Eldorado vs. Chester

One thing that stood out to Joe Clark after his Eagles knocked off Johnston City 41-7 last week in the season opener had nothing to do with X's and O's, but more about the individuals .

"Week 1 always has some sloppiness to it, but I thought we were the cleaner team (against Johnston City). We were able to capitalize on some miscues early in the game, but generally, our effort and enthusiasm was at a high level and neat to be a part of."

The Yellowjackets edged Edwards County 18-13 in Week 1, but enter Eldorado having lost four straight to the Eagles.

Clark knows the recent win streak doesn't mean much against a ball club that is considered to be in the top half of the Black Diamond Conference.

"(Chester) is definitely a solid BDC team, so we'll see how we prepare and come into Friday night. From Week 1 to Week 2 you're trying to get a more accurate read of your team and quickly find the strength and weaknesses of your team and improve on both of them."

Eldorado racked up 290 yards in last week's win over Johnston City, while 230 of that came on the ground.

Jacob Etienne had four rushing touchdowns and finished with 92 yards on 18 carries.

"I thought our backs ran extremely hard," Clark said. "They ran hard and ran reckless. Both the offensive and defensive line were physical and the kicking game was really dominating as well. Overall, I thought our effort last week was at a high level and I expect the same this week."

Harrisburg vs. Du Quoin

Two of the most storied programs in southern Illinois history will meet Friday night when Harrisburg plays host to Du Quoin at Taylor Field.

Harrisburg (0-1) kicked off the season with a loss at Mt. Carmel, while Du Quoin (1-0) went on the road and won at Massac County last week.

As for the two programs itself, Du Quoin leads Harrisburg 13-11 dating back to 1996 and the Indians have won three straight over the Bulldogs. Harrisburg, dating back to last season, have lost four straight heading into Friday night.

Harrisburg head coach Gabe Angelly is hoping that playing in front of the home crowd will cure what ails his Bulldogs.

"Du Quoin is a solid team and they are going to do what they do…run the ball efficiently and try to look to move the ball up and down the field. We have to sustain drives and finish," Angelly said. "I didn't think we did a very good job of that at Mt. Carmel. We had some good long drives, but didn't finish. We have to move the ball down the field and put it in the end zone."

Angelly added that the mistakes made against the Aces were fixable and have been addressed early in the week.

"Unlike Mt. Carmel, I feel like we have a better idea of what a team like Du Quoin is going to do. We should be able to line up correctly and tackle better than we did last week. We had some coverage on breakdowns and alignment issues that led to missed tackles. Our defense has been working to fix that."

Spyder Dann covers prep and college sports for the Southern Illinois Local Media News Group. Follow him on Twitter: @spydieshooter.