Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Lincoln-Way East hosts...

...Edwardsville this Saturday. Who the heck is Edwardsville?

Edwardsville High School is located in the city of the same name, which is about 25 miles northeast of St. Louis and the third oldest in the state of Illinois.

It's also the alma mater of Laurie Metcalf (lower left in the picture above) who played "Jackie," the sister of the title character in the 1990s sitcom, Roseanne.

I know what you're thinking: That's fascinating. But what about the football team? Oh.

The Tigers are 10-1 and ranked No. 15 in the state by MaxPreps, No. 6 in 7A. They're coached by Matt Martin and compete in the Southwestern Conference with such perennial powers as East St. Louis and O'Fallon.

The Tigers' only loss this year was to East St. Louis in Week Three, 14-7. They returned the favor last Friday night, though, beating the Flyers, 21-18. Edwardsville also defeated O'Fallon in Week Eight, 44-34. (The 8A Panthers were eliminated this past weekend by Lyons, 42-27.)

Edwardsville is led by quarterback Will Collins, running back Bennett Gray and 5' 7" fullback Sam Mulford, above, who scored all three touchdowns against East St. Louis.

So what about this Saturday? Will the Tigers upset Lincoln-Way East?

As far as I can tell, the two programs have only played each other twice, with the Griffins prevailing both times on the road.

2011: Lincoln-Way East 45, EDWARDSVILLE 14
2010: Lincoln-Way East 37, EDWARDSVILLE 14

Saturday night should be similar.

BOWG prediction: LINCOLN-WAY EAST 35, Edwardsville 17.

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