DANVILLE — The last time the Schlarman Academy football team hit the field without being part of a co-op was in the 2013 season.

On Friday, the Hilltoppers will get that chance to play football in front of their fans again.

Schlarman will take on Bunker Hill at Drummy Field on Friday at 7 p.m. in a game that was moved from Bunker Hill to Danville last week.

“Their officials fell through at Bunker Hill and we were able to make the switch to an earlier home game and we are excited about that,” Schlarman coach Matt Blurton said. “We are ready to have Schlarman Football back on the hill and we expect a great crowd Friday night and the kids are excited to get on the field and get things going.”

The Hilltoppers are 0-1 after losing 54-15 to Polo, but Blurton said that it was a growing experience for him and the kids.

“We played a really good Polo team and they were very well-coached. For a lot of kids, it was their first game, so they got out there, felt the speed of the game and it took them a quarter to adjust,” Blurton said. “We were down 32-0 before we adjusted and the score doesn’t tell how we did on the field, so I was happy with what we did and how we worked together as a unit.”

Even with the defeat, Blurton saw a lot of things that could factor positively with the team going forward.

“There were a lot of positives that came out of that game,” Blurton said. “We played as a team and we did not stop. We very easily could have given up, but we kept fighting and I saw definite growth as a team.”

With the positive effects of the game with Polo and the move up for the home opener, Blurton said the Hilltoppers will be ready to give a show for fans who have been waiting for action at Drummy Field.

“We had a really good vibe in practice and now the kids know what to expect,” Blurton said. “You can tell the intensity has picked up a little bit in practice. I think the kids are going to be prepared after getting the first game under their belts.

“I hope we work hard and earn our first victory up here in several years. I am really enjoying coaching this 8-man football, it has been a great experience and its’ been a lot of fun and the kids are loving it.”

The Minutemen are also coming off a loss as they fell to Pawnee/Lincolnwood 38-18. Just like the Hilltoppers, they found themselves down early and was down 30-12 at halftime, but were outscored 8-6 in the second half.

Momence at Bismarck-Henning/Rossville-Alvin

When — 7 p.m. Friday

Where — at Bismarck

Records — Momence 1-0 overall, Bismarck-Henning/Rossville-Alvin 1-0 overall

Summary — What can the Blue Devils do for an encore to last week’s 73-3 win over Iroquois West?? It could be plenty against the Redskins, who lost 43-0 to Herscher in their season opener last week.

Salt Fork at Watseka

When — 7 p.m. Friday

Where — at Watseka

Records — Salt Fork 1-0 overall, Watseka 1-0 overall

Summary — All the pressure of last Saturday’s opener is off for new Storm coach Joe Hageman and his crew entering a game with a Watseka team that got past Oakwood last week.

Warrensburg-Latham at Oakwood

When — 7 p.m. Friday

Where — at Oakwood

Radio — WHRK-FM 94.9

Records — Warrensburg-Latham 1-0 overall, Oakwood 0-1 overall

Summary — In a first week that seemed to be full of blowouts, the Comets and the Cardinals were in tight games. Oakwood lost 28-21 to Watseka, while Warrensburg-Latham beat Robinson 21-20.

Iroquois West at Hoopeston Area/Armstrong-Potomac

When — 7 p.m. Friday

Where — at Hoopeston Area High School

Records — Iroquois West 0-1 overall, Hoopeston Area/Armstrong-Potomac 0-1 overall.

Summary — While the Cornjerkers could not avoid a second straight opening week loss to Fisher last week, they have a chance to rebound in the second week against the Raiders for the second straight season. The then Hoopeston Area/Schlarman Academy/Armstrong-Potomac beat Iroquois West 29-0 last season.

Georgetown-Ridge Farm at Paxton-Buckley-Loda

When — 7 p.m. Friday

Where — at Paxton

Records — Georgetown-Ridge Farm 0-1 overall, Paxton-Buckley-Loda 0-1 overall

Summary — While the Buffaloes took a loss to Clifton Central, the Panthers took a loss to defending state champion Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley. GRF would like to get payback on PBL from last year’s 26-8 defeat at home

Westville at South Beloit

When — 2 p.m. Saturday

Where — at South Beloit High School

Records — Westville 0-1 overall, South Beloit 0-1 overall

Summary — The Tigers want to break a losing streak that started in 2017 and they have a good shot against the Sobos, who will have their home opener.

Covington at North Vermillion

When — 7 p.m. Friday (EST)

Where — Gibson Field

Records — Covington 0-2 overall, 0-2 in Wabash River Conference, North Vermillion 2-0 overall, 1-0 in Wabash River Conference.

Summary — The Trojans entered last season’s game against the Falcons at 0-2 and were able to only lose 28-25 in double overtime. North Vermillion’s offense has delivered so far with two 40-point efforts.

Seeger at Attica

When — 7 p.m. Friday (EST)

Where — Attica, Ind.

Radio — WSKS-FM 103.1, WSKL-FM 96.1

Records — Seeger 1-1 overall, 0-1 in Wabash River Conference; Attica 2-0 overall, 1-0 in Wabash River Conference.

Summary — The Patriots scored seven in the first week but 61 in the second week. But for Seeger to beat Attica for the first time since 2010, they may have to mirror the second week’s point output. The Red Ramblers have scored at least 50 points in the first two weeks.

Eastern Hancock at Fountain CentralWhen — 7 p.m. Friday (EST)

Where — Veedersburg, Ind.

Records — Eastern Hancock 2-0 overall, Fountain Central 0-2 overall

Summary — The Royals have scored at least 40 points in their victories going into a rematch from last season against the Mustangs. Fountain Central won last season’s game 32-21, but so far the results from last season have been overturned as they have lost to Southmont in the opener and Riverton Parke for the first time since 2002 last week.

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