Sterling (6-0) at United Township (1-6)

When: 7 p.m. Friday

Where: Soule Bowl,1341 23rd Ave., East Moline

Last matchup: 2015 Week 2 – Sterling 42, UT 20

About Sterling: The Golden Warriors have scored more points (292) – by 45 – and allowed fewer points (113) – by 6 – than any other team in the Western Big 6. A win over UT would clinch at least a share of the league title in Sterling’s first season, stretching their streak of conference crowns to 5 straight seasons.

About UT: The Panthers have added to the WB6’s longest-ever conference losing streak, as it has now stretched to 43 league games without a W; their last victory in league play came in 2011. UT has scored 183 points while giving up 262.

FND pick: Sterling

Winnebago (3-4) at Dixon (4-3)

When: 7:15 p.m. Friday

Where: A.C. Bowers Field, 300 Lincoln Statue Dr.

Last matchup: 2018 Week 8 – Dixon 23, Winnebago 20

About Dixon: The Dukes suffered their first loss last week since Week 2, after rattling off 5 straight wins. The playoff implications are big in this one, as Dixon would rather gain eligibility with its 5th win this week than puts its back squarely against the wall in Week 9 vs. Byron. The Dukes have outscored their opponents 208-147.

About Winnebago: The Indians also hold a scoring edge on the season despite a losing record; they’ve scored 219 points and allowed 196. Bago is also fighting for the playoffs, as wins in against Dixon and North Boone next week would make 5 for the season.

FND pick: Dixon

Mendota (0-7) at Rock Falls (1-6)

When: 7 p.m. Friday

Where: Hinders Field, 500 15th Ave.

Last matchup: 2018 Week 8 – Rock Falls 34, Mendota 6

About Rock Falls: The Rockets are looking for their first win since Week 2 over Dixon, and are facing the only team in the BNC that has scored fewer points and given up more. Rock Falls has been outscored 267-68 this season, but has a 3-game win streak in the series.

About Mendota: The Trojans haven’t won more than 1 game in a season since making the playoffs in 2014, and are currently riding a 20-game losing streak; they haven’t won since Week 5 of 2017, over Rockford Lutheran. They’ve scored just 32 points all season, and given up 314.

FND pick: Rock Falls

North Boone (3-4) at Oregon (1-6)

When: 7 p.m. Friday

Where: Landers-Loomis Field, 210 S. 10th St.

Last matchup: 2018 Week 8 – North Boone 46, Oregon 6

About Oregon: The Hawks are looking for their second win in 3 weeks, and could finish off the season on a high note for the second straight year over the next 2 weeks; they won 2 of their last 4 games in 2018. The Hawks have been outscored 257-71.

About North Boone: The Vikings are still eyeing the playoffs, as wins against Oregon and Winnebago to close the season would give them 5. North Boone’s spread attack hasn’t been as potent this season, as its been outscored 204-180 on the year.

FND pick: North Boone

Newman (6-1) at Riverdale (3-4)

When: Noon Saturday

Where: 9622 256th St. North, Port Byron

Last matchup: 2018 Week 9 – Newman 54, Riverdale 7

About Newman: The Comets secured a playoff spot for the 19th straight season – and 26th time in the last 27 seasons – with a win last week, and now are looking to improve their seeding with a couple more victories. Their 184 points scored is third-most in the TRAC Rock, and the 91 points allowed is second-best.

About Riverdale: The Rams have alternated wins and losses all season, and come in off a loss to Fulton last week. They won their home opener, but have lost their last 2 in Port Byron, where they return after 2 weeks on the road. Riverdale has been outscored 174-130.

FND pick: Newman

Bureau Valley (0-7) at Orion (4-3)

When: 7 p.m. Friday

Where: 1100 13th St.

Last matchup: 2018 Week 8 – Orion 57, BV 0

About BV: The Storm scored 20 points for the first time all season last week, but gave up 36 – the sixth time in 7 games they’ve allowed 30 or more. BV’s 66 points are the fewest in the TRAC Rock – by 64 – and the 283 points allowed is the highest – by 72.

About Orion: The Chargers have hit a bit of a rough patch, with 3 losses in their last 4 games after starting the season 3-0. They need 1 more victory to become playoff eligible, and with unbeaten Morrison looming in Week 9, Orion – which has been outscored 147-139 this year – will likely look to secure that win this week.

FND pick: Orion

Fulton (5-2) at Hall (5-2)

When: 7 p.m. Friday

Where: 800 W. Erie St., Spring Valley

Last matchup: 2016 Week 1 – Fulton 41, Hall 8

About Fulton: The Steamers come in on a 3-game win streak, and have victories in 5 of their last 6; they’ve outscored opponents 200-161. They hit the road for their last 2 games, and would love to notch that 6th win to secure a playoff spot – so they don’t have to sit on the 5-4 bubble come Selection Saturday.

About Hall: The Red Devils have 5 wins in their last 6 games after a season-opening loss to Newman, and have given up just 24 points in those 5 wins – and have 3 shutouts in the last 4 weeks. Hall has allowed only 85 points all year – second-best in the TRAC Mississippi – while scoring 167.

FND pick: Fulton

Morrison (7-0) at Rockridge (3-4)

When: 7 p.m. Friday

Where: 14110 134th Ave. West, Edgington

Last matchup: 2018 Week 8 – Rockridge 37, Morrison 25

About Morrison: The Mustangs just keep on dominating, especially on defense; they’ve had shutouts in 3 of their last 4 games, and haven’t given up more than 7 points in a game this season. That leaves them with a 221-22 scoring margin – an average of 31.6-3.1 per game.

About Rockridge: The Rockets snapped a 4-game losing streak last week by beating Bureau Valley, and need to get a win over Morrison if they want to make the playoffs. Rockridge has only been outscored 211-174 on the season.

FND pick: Morrison

Erie-Prophetstown (2-5) at St. Bede (0-7)

When: 7 p.m. Friday

Where: 24 W. U.S. Highway 6, Peru

Last matchup: 2018 Week 4 – EP 17, St. Bede 16

About EP: The Panthers are looking to snap a 4-game losing streak after starting the year 2-1, but will be playing on the road for the first time since Week 5. EP has been outscored 164-130 on the season, and hasn’t scored more than 14 points in a game during the skid.

About St. Bede: The Bruins have struggled all season on both sides of the ball, scoring just 66 points while allowing 236. They’ve been shut out twice in the last 3 games, and have score two TDs or fewer in 5 of their 7 games.

FND pick: Erie-Prophetstown

Milledgeville (1-6) at Amboy-LaMoille (0-7)

When: 7 p.m. Friday

Where: The Harbor, 11 E. Hawley St.

Last matchup: 2018 Week 1 – Milledgeville 36, Amboy 7

About Milledgeville: The Missiles haven’t scored more than 2 TDs in any game this year, and their lone win came in overtime against AFC in Week 6. The 56 points Milledgeville has scored this year are the second-lowest in the NUIC South, and the 178 points allowed are the third-most.

About Amboy: The Clippers have scored just 1 more point this year than Milledgeville (57-56), but have given up 316 – 69 more than any other team in the division. Amboy has scored more than 7 points just once all year, but has only been shut out 1 time.

FND pick: Milledgeville

AFC (0-7) at Eastland-Pearl City (3-4)

When: 7 p.m. Friday

Where: 100 S. Summit St., Pearl City

Last matchup: First meeting

About AFC: The Raiders’ 50 points are the fewest of any team in either division of the NUIC, and the 247 points allowed are the second-most behind only Amboy-LaMoille. AFC scored 14 points in last week’s loss to Aquin, tying their season high; they also had 14 against Orangeville in Week 2.

About EPC: The Wildcatz must win out to be eligible for the playoffs, a tough task with Forreston waiting in Week 9. All 3 EPC wins have come in NUIC South games; it has outscored its 4 league opponents 55-52. For the season, the ‘Catz have been outscored 145-122.

FND pick: EPC

West Carroll (5-2) at Durand-Peactonica (5-2)

When: 7 p.m. Friday

Where: 1300 Main St., Pecatonica

Last matchup: 2018 Week 2 – West Carroll 6, Du-Pec 0

About West Carroll: The Thunder are playoff-eligible for the third time in 5 years, and just the sixth time since the co-op started in 2003. They’ve been stingy on defense, as the 93 allowed are the fewest in the NUIC South – while the 176 they’ve scored are third-most in the league.

About Du-Pec: The Rivermen have won 3 of their last 4 games, and have given up just 28 points in their last 3 victories. Du-Pec has a 179-125 scoring edge on opponents this season, and close the season with home games against West Carroll and 1A powerhouse Lena-Winslow.

FND pick: West Carroll

River Ridge (6-1) at Polo (7-0)

When: 7 p.m. Friday

Where: 100 S. Union Ave.

Last matchup: 2018 Week 6 – River Ridge 6, Polo 0

About Polo: The Marcos are the lone 8-man team to have given up just double-digit points this season (48), while their 315 scored ranks third out of 16 teams. Polo has pitched a pair of shutouts, and has yet to give up more than 2 TDs in a game.

About River Ridge: The Wildcats will be just the second team with a winning record to play Polo, and the first to be above .500 when they play the Marcos. River Ridge’s 330 points are 15 more than the Marcos, and the 156 allowed is tied for second among 8-man teams.

FND pick: Polo