Oswego wide receiver Jack Lemke (3) gets wrapped up by Oswego defenders Nathaniel Campbell (13) and Mark Baron (21) during the varsity crosstown football game at Oswego High School on Oct. 28.
Oswego wide receiver Jack Lemke (3) gets wrapped up by Oswego defenders Nathaniel Campbell (13) and Mark Baron (21) during the varsity crosstown football game at Oswego High School on Oct. 28. — Steven Buyansky

Oswego (7-0, 3-0) at Yorkville (6-1, 2-1)

When: 7 p.m. Friday

Last matchup: Oswego beat Yorkville 21-20 in 1994.

About Oswego: The Panthers are one of two unbeatens left in the Southwest Prairie West – Minooka, their Week 9 opponent, the other. Oswego gives up only 9.4 points a game, and it starts up front with one of the nastiest defensive lines around – NIU recruit Jack Hugunin, Anthony Cikauskas, Kiamirrion Howze and Matt Egly. Oswego's passing game was limited last week, perhaps because of the conditions, but don't be surprised to see Cole Pradel get Jack Lemke touches early and often this week. Connor Laird, with 383 yards and five touchdowns, leads a running back by committee.

About Yorkville: The Foxes suffered their first loss last week, 19-10 to Minooka, but Yorkville continued to impress in leading in the second half. Cale Reeder was spectacular in defeat, with 10 solo tackles, four assists, two interceptions, five catches for 79 yards and a touchdown. He surely will have Oswego's talented receivers Lemke and Nick Hampton in his crosshairs this week. Yorkville needs to re-establish the run with Tre Thomas; The Foxes ran for only 22 yards against Minooka. If it's a low-scoring game, the Foxes have a weapon in kicker/punter Cole Riebe, who has made 10-of-11 field goals with a season long of 45 yards.

Friday Night Drive pick: Oswego

Plainfield North (5-2, 1-2) at Oswego East (4-3, 0-3)

When: 7 p.m. Friday

Last matchup: Oswego East beat Plainfield North, 27-0, last year in Plainfield.

About Oswego East: The Wolves, with three straight losses, are putting their backs against the wall for a playoff bid. Oswego East's struggles of late, clearly, start at the offensive end with only 17 points total the last three weeks. The Wolves' bread is buttered with Michael Ford throwing to Jack Allison, Michael Miller and Co., but they need to establish the run. The defense, led by Nathaniel Campbell, has been a steadying force throughout, but can't be on the field as much as it's been.

About Plainfield North: The Tigers, 4-5 in an off year last year, clinched a return playoff bid with a 30-14 win at West Aurora last week. Plainfield has speed to burn with Purdue track/football recruit Marcellus Moore and Jaylon Tillman, who had a school-record four TD catches in a game this year. Will that speed be compromised playing on Oswego East's grass field, muddied up by recent weather?

FND pick: Plainfield North

Ottawa (1-6, 0-5) at Sandwich (3-4, 1-4)

When: 7 p.m. Friday

Last matchup: Sandwich beat Ottawa, 41-15, last year at Ottawa.

About Ottawa: The Pirates snapped a 16-game losing streak with a win over Chicago Juarez in Week 1, but they've been outscored 230-40 since.

About Sandwich: The Indians got back in the win column last week in a big way, beating Plano, 36-7, to snap a four-game losing streak. Nic Lidinsky and James Coleman both went over 100 yards for the Indians, who gained 309 yards on the ground. Jackson Murphy – running the football, all over the field defensively and playing special teams – does it all for Sandwich. With Morris looming in Week 9, a playoff bid seems a long shot, but the Indians will give themselves a chance by taking care of business here.

FND pick: Sandwich

Plano (2-5, 1-4) at Rochelle (2-5, 1-4)

When: 7 p.m. Friday

Last matchup: First known meeting

About Plano: It's been a tough go of it the last month for the Reapers, outscored 168-15 during a four-game losing streak. A turnaround probably starts with re-establishing the run game, something Plano has struggled mightily with during its streak, with minus 31 yards rushing against Sandwich. Alex Velasquez did throw for 178 yards, and seems to be making a connection with Kameron Williams.

About Rochelle: The Hubs had their playoff hopes dashed with a 42-6 loss to Sycamore last week. It's been a stark contrast in Rochelle's wins and losses; the Hubs have scored 77 points in two wins, 40 points in five losses. Ben Harvey and Gavin Ansteth both went over 100 yards against Sandwich two weeks ago.

FND pick: Rochelle