Daniel Jezik, shown here running for one of his three touchdowns last Friday in a 48-33 win over Morris, will lead Coal City against Kankakee Bishop McNamara this Friday night.
Daniel Jezik, shown here running for one of his three touchdowns last Friday in a 48-33 win over Morris, will lead Coal City against Kankakee Bishop McNamara this Friday night. — Dan Voitik

Morris Redskins (0-1) at Manteno Panthers (0-1)

When: 7 p.m. Friday

Last matchup: The two teams have never met

About the Redskins: Morris put up some impressive numbers despite losing their opener, 48-33, to Coal City. The Redskins ran for 275 yards, including more than 100 by both quarterback Zach Reddinger and running back Brandon Phelps. Allowing two defensive touchdowns and a special teams score, as well as committing seven penalties for 70 yards, was cause for concern. If Morris can clean up those things and keep putting up nearly 400 yards of offense a game, there are plenty of wins ahead.

About the Panthers: After finishing 2018 with a 1-8 record, Manteno was one of just two Illinois Central Eight teams to lose in Week 1, falling to Canton, 47-32, on the road. Hosting a Morris team that lost its opener to Coal City and is looking to right the ship might not be exactly what the doctor ordered for coach R.J Haines' crew.

FND pick: Morris

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Kankakee Bishop McNamara (1-0) at Coal City (1-0)

When: Friday, 7 p.m.

Last matchup: The two teams have never met

About the Irish: Two words. Rich Zinnani. He has been the coach at Bishop Mac for 45 years. And he has been a consistent winner, having collected 354 wins, five state championships and three runner-up finishes. The Irish finished second in Class 4A last season and started off this season with a 49-21 win over Bloom Township.

About the Coalers: Coal City made a profound statement in its season-opening 48-33 road win over 2017 Class 4A runner-up Morris. This week, they host the 2018 4A runner-up Irish. Senior running back Daniel Jezik will shoulder the offensive load, after running for 244 yards and 3 TDs last week, while senior linebacker Austin Pullara anchors a stingy defense that will be out to prove itself after allowing 33 points last week.

Pick: Coal City

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Ottawa Marquette (1-0) at Seneca (1-0)

When: Friday, 7 p.m.

Last matchup: Ottawa Marquette 28, Seneca 7 (2018)

About the Fightin' Irish: Seneca's defense turned in a remarkable effort against a highly touted quarterback from Shelbyville in a win Week 1. They will need that effort again here but in a different way.

About the Crusaders: The Crusaders had a pair of 100-yard rushers in Luke Couch and Preston Aukland in their season opening win over Dwight, look for the Crusaders to try to continue that trend.

Pick: Ottawa Marquette

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Minooka (1-0) at Plainfield South (1-0)

When: Friday, 7:30 p.m.

Last matchup: Plainfield South 14, Minooka 7 (2018)

About the Cougars: The Cougars picked up what could prove to be a pivotal crossover victory over West Aurora and established a few things with the win. First, Ahmad Thompson further declared his ability to come up with big plays and second the Cougars seemed to have found a viable running threat in Keith Bronson.

About the Indians: Minooka plans to lean on its experienced core to lead the way to success. Seems like a pretty good plan. Savvy quarterback Seth Lehr threw four touchdown passes in the win over Joliet West while the ground game paced by Noah Ellens was also very impressive.

Pick: Minooka