Category: Football

East running back named all-state

ROCKFORD – CJ Berry, who blitzed NIC-10 defenses for 953 yards in six games, was named to the Illinois Football Coaches Association Class 7A All-State team. The team was released today. Harlem quarterback James Cooper Jr. was named to the team as well. Berry became the third straight East E-Rab running back to lead the […]

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Former East lineman signs with Miami Dolphins

ROCKFORD – Former Rockford East lineman Robert Jones hopes to follow the path to success that James Robinson forged last year with the Jacksonville Jaguars. Robinson, a former RPS elementary school student who graduated from Luthern, went undrafted after a stellar career at Illinois State only to sign with Jacksonville and win a starting running […]

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CJ Berry adds his name to very distinguished list

ROCKFORD – Senior CJ Berry blitzed NIC-10 defenses for 953 yards rushing in just six games, winning the NIC-10 rushing title by a wide margin. Of course, only a handful of teams were able to play the full schedule because of the coronavirus, still it shouldn’t detract from his accomplishment. CJ became the 20th running […]

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East to play for NIC-10 title after dominating Freeport

ROCKFORD – The East E-Rabs ran over and through Freeport Friday night for 491 yards to qualify for next week’s championship game against Harlem. CJ Berry, the conference’s leading rusher, did most of the damage with 266 yards on 24 carries in the 52-7 win, but lots of players had room to run as East’s […]

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East takes control of Division B with record-setting win

ROCKFORD – The East E-Rabs took advantage of Jefferson’s rebuilding football program to set school and modern NIC-10 records in an 86-6 win on Saturday. Jefferson had no returning starters this season and have yet to win. East, meanwhile, steamrolled both Belvidere and Guilford after losing its season-opener to Boylan. So Saturday figured to be […]

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East-Guilford Thursday matchup key in Division B football

ROCKFORD – The Guilford Vikings and East E-Rabs, who share Swanson Stadium, play Thursday night in a game that will be key in the NIC-10’s B. The Vikings beat Jefferson last Friday night to improve to 2-0 on the season, while East rebounded from an opening week loss to Boylan to crush Belvidere, 50-0, while […]

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Guilford rallies for football win

ROCKFORD – The Guilford Vikings rallied to beat Belvidere Friday night for a solid start to the abbreviated 2021 season. The Vikings rallied to send the game into overtime before picking up a touchdown for a 20-14 win. The Vikings did their damage entirely on the ground. Jordan Woods led with 84 yards on 13 […]

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Auburn grad Lowe named honorable mention All-Big 10

Auburn graduate Vederian Lowe earned his secon postseason award at the University of Illinois by being named an honorable mention All-Big 10 offensive lineman. Lowe finished his fourth season as a starter for the Illini. He has played in 40 of his 44 career games for Illinois, starting 39, the last 33 in a row. […]

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Ninth Hall of Fame class impressive, but ceremony on hold

A former major league baseball player and a tireless youth sports advocate are among the athletes, coaches and contributors who will be honored at the annual Rockford Public Schools Champions Ball and Athletic Hall of Fame.When the ceremony takes place, though, still is yet to be determined.Rockford Public Schools announced on Dec. 8 that its […]

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Coates could be RPS’ next NFL player

Rockford Register Star writer Jay Taft this week detailed the path of Guilford’s Julius Coates to big-time college football. The former Vikings wide receiver has filled out to 6-6, 289 pounds and, after stops at two different junior colleges, has turned himself into a disruptive defensive lineman for the University of Arkansas. Click here to […]

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