Batavia's Art Taylor (28) runs the ball during a home game against St. Charles East on Oct. 11.
Batavia's Art Taylor (28) runs the ball during a home game against St. Charles East on Oct. 11. — Sandy Bressner - sbressner@shawmedia.com

Batavia (5-2, 4-1) at St. Charles North (4-3, 3-2)

When: 7:30 p.m. Friday

Last Matchup: 27-24 Batavia in 2018

About the North Stars: St. Charles North needs at least one win in the next two weeks to become playoff eligible. The North Stars are trying to stop a two-game losing streak. North needs to continue to establish Nick DeMarco on the ground to set up Kyler Brown passing.

About the Bulldogs: Batavia is coming off a tough 30-29 loss to St. Charles East at home last week. After going down 23-7, the Bulldogs battled back to take the lead, but it's generally rare to see a Batavia home loss. Batavia, in a three-way tie with St. Charles East and Glenbard North atop the DuKane Conference, clinches a playoff berth with a win.

Friday Night Drive pick: Batavia

Burlington Central (3-4, 3-4) at Huntley (6-1, 6-1)

When: 7 p.m. Friday

Last Matchup: 34-7 Huntley in 2001

About the Rockets: Burlington Central needs two wins to see the postseason. Gavin Sarvis is approaching 700 yards and 10 touchdowns on the season, and the Rockets will need a solid performance out of everyone to knock off playoff-bound Huntley.

About the Red Raiders: Huntley's defense has allowed only 66 points this season. It has posted two shutouts, allowed seven points twice, and the highest point total allowed was 24 against Prairie Ridge.

FND Pick: Huntley

Kaneland (6-1, 4-1) at Morris (5-2, 4-1)

When: 7 p.m. Friday

Last Matchup: 50-14 Kaneland in 2018

About the Knights: Kaneland already has wrapped up its playoff berth with a resounding win over Ottawa last week. Except for a Week 3 loss to Sycamore, the Knights haven't scored fewer than 40 points all season.

About the Redskins: Not to be outdone, during a four-game win streak earlier this season, Morris racked up 193 points. Morris already is playoff eligible.

FND Pick: Kaneland

Lake Park (2-5, 1-4) at Geneva (0-7, 0-5)

When: 7:30 p.m. Friday

Last Matchup: 27-23 Geneva in 2018

About the Lancers: After defeating Wheaton North in overtime, the Lancers have lost three consecutive games. Turnovers were an issue last week, with Lake Park coughing up five to Wheaton Warrenville South in a 20-point loss.

About the Vikings: Geneva has two more opportunities to avoid a winless season. Matt Osborne and Ethan Mayer have a combined 369 rushing yards, making up the bulk of an offensive attack that averages 81.5 rushing yards per game.

FND Pick: Lake Park

Marmion (5-2, 1-1) at St. Joseph (1-6, 0-2)

When: 7:30 p.m. Friday

Last Matchup: 44-14 Marmion in 2018

About the Cadets: Marmion needs one more win to clinch a state playoff berth and looks to be in great shape to do so. The Cadets feature a balanced offensive attack, highlighted by Major Haas and Jack Scales.

About the Chargers: St. Joseph had to cancel last week's contest against Montini because of injury and illness within the program. The Chargers are on a five-game losing streak since posting 47 points against Guerin.

FND Pick: Marmion

IC Catholic Prep (7-0, 4-0) at St. Francis (6-1, 4-0)

When: 7:30 p.m. Friday

Last Matchup: 54-20 IC Catholic in 2018

About the Spartans: The offense continues to excel in almost every way. Tommy Rittenhouse enters with 23 touchdowns to just two interceptions. Ben Radel, Jake Tangorra and Tyler Bishop each have more than 20 catches and the Spartans haven't scored fewer than 40 in a game all season.

About the Knights: Kyle Franklin is an electric talent at running back and has 684 yards and 15 rushing touchdowns. Danny Cronin at quarterback averages 140 passing yards per game and this has potential to be a high-scoring affair between both teams.

FND Pick: IC Catholic

Wheaton North (3-4, 1-4) at St. Charles East (6-1, 4-1)

When: 7:30 p.m. Friday

Last Matchup: 25-13 Wheaton North in 2018

About the Falcons: Wheaton North needs to win out for a chance to possibly see the postseason. That won't come easily against the Saints – who might be the hottest team in the conference right now – and Batavia, whom they just beat.

About the Saints: The Nathan Hayes to Nathan Hull connection is too consistent to ignore. The pair hooked up for three touchdowns last week in the upset win over Batavia. The Saints are riding a three-game winning streak and are tied atop the DuKane Conference.

FND Pick: St. Charles East