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Central Illinois prep football fans are certainly in for a treat this upcoming fall. After years of a conference comprised of ten teams known as the Okaw Valley Conference, the conference has gone forth with a new plan of splitting the small school powerhouse conference into two separate divisions, the Okaw Valley Black and Blue. Not only should this new change give rise to even more competitive football this fall, but more importantly it should see some new matchups that should provide fans with big hits as well as big thrills.

 

Argenta (A.-Oreana)

Led by head coach Tom Saunches, the Bombers come into the 2007 season with high hopes. Coming off a 7-3 season in 2006 the Bombers look to improve upon their first round exit in the 2A playoffs last season.

Looking ahead to the Bombers schedule, they can expect some stiff competition from new conference addition Tuscola, the defending 1A state champion. Additionally, the Bombers look to avenge a week 1 loss to Clinton last year, as they face off against the Maroons in week 1 yet again this season.

 

Tuscola

Joining a new division is never an easy transition. However, for Head Coach Stan Weinke and the Tuscola Warriors such a challenge is never a concern.

Coming off a division 1A state title in 2006, the Warriors are poised to make another run at the state crown. However, to do so this season they will have to get through some new competitive teams in their realigned conference.

“Things will certainly be different this year,” said Coach Weinke. We will be playing against teams that in divisions 2A and 3A this season which should be a definite challenge for our players and coaching staff. Additionally, we’ll be playing against schools like Clinton that are on the verge of being considered 4A.”

These new challenges however do not worry the confident Warriors. Led by his son John Weinke at Quarterback, Coach Weinke should feel supremely confident. John, who has given a verbal commitment to the UNiversity of Michigan, passed for over 3,000 yards last season, and is poised to have an equally impressive performance in the 2007 season.

Maroa (M.-Forsyth)

Led by Coach Josh Jostes, the 2006 undefeated 2A state champion Trojans look to repeat their title clinching performance again this season. However, with the division realignment, which now includes 1A state champion Tuscola, the Trojans will have to elevate their level of play even higher to contend again.

The Trojans schedule should prove challenging as they face rivals St. Teresa, Argenta, as well as new conference additions Tuscola and Unity. While both conference additions should prove as tough competition, the Trojans feel supremely confident that with many returning starters as well as a collection of upcoming new starters as well, they should prove to be as competitive as ever in 2007.

Division Round Up

Rounding out the Okaw Valley Blue Division are respectively Macon(Meridian)(3-6), Moweaqua(Central A&M)(5-5), and Warrensburg-Latham(Coop)(3-6).

 

 

 

 

 

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