Sycamore's Logan Egler tries to pull free from DeKalb's Donovan Lacey during First National Challenge Friday in Huskie Stadium at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb.
Sycamore's Logan Egler tries to pull free from DeKalb's Donovan Lacey during First National Challenge Friday in Huskie Stadium at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb. — Mark Busch - mbusch@shawmedia.com

Edwardsville Tigers (1-1)
at DeKalb Barbs (2-0)

Kickoff: 7:15 p.m. Friday

Last matchup: First matchup since before 1996.

About the Barbs: DeKalb still hasn’t given up a point this year, beating Lake Park, 21-0, and Sycamore, 13-0. Jalon Redmond is averaging just under 100 yards a game this year, scoring three times. The team has three interceptions, one each from Michael Clayton, Kaeden Gunn and Fotus Fotopoulos. Trenton Kyler hasn’t thrown an interception yet, completing 16 of 28 passes for a touchdown and 254 yards while scrambling for
65 yards on 12 carries. It’s the last game for the Barbs before opening play in the DuPage Valley Conference.

About the Tigers: Edwardsville is coming off a 44-27 loss against St. Louis Christian Brothers after winning, 7-6, against Florissant McCluer North, as the game in DeKalb will mark its first game against an in-state opponent, and their only nonconference game in-state. Edwardsville is ranked No. 10 in Class 8A and went 8-4 last season. Kenyon Johnson rushed 31 times for 194 yards and four touchdowns in the loss.

Friday Night Drive pick: DeKalb

Sycamore Spartans (1-1)
at Kaneland Knights (2-0)

Kickoff: 7 p.m. Friday

Last matchup: The Knights rolled to a 28-7 win, handing the Spartans their only loss of more than four points last season.

About the Knights: Kaneland won, 42-14, last week at Geneva, the first time it has given up points this season. It has outscored the Vikings and Hinsdale South by a combined 90-14 in their two games. Quarterback Joe Smith is torching opposing defenses, passing for 420 yards, four scores and two interceptions. The game marks the first for both teams as members of the Interstate 8.

About the Spartans: After giving up
52 yards passing in a 24-0 win against Washington in the opener, Sycamore held Trenton Kyler and the Barbs to 132 passing yards – although 102 of those yards went to Toriano Tate on quick slants. The Barbs shut down deep threat Alex Siebens, who was targeted repeatedly by Kyler. The offense committed 14 penalties for 99 yards. Coach Joe Ryan said he expects Manny Dominguez, starting safety and running back, to be back after missing the DeKalb game.

Friday Night Drive pick: Kaneland

Genoa-Kingston Cogs (2-0 overall and Big Northern Conference)
at North Boone Vikings (2-0, 2-0)

Kickoff: 7 p.m. Friday

Last matchup: The Cogs won at home last year, 28-7, against the Vikings

About the Cogs: Genoa-Kingston still hasn’t given up any points this year and has put up a total of 85 in wins against Oregon and Rock Falls. But the competition makes a big jump this week as the Cogs head up to face North Boone. The Cogs are doing it with a team effort on the ground – no back has rushed for more than 65 yards in either game. Quarterback Justin Peters has only attempted eight passes but has thrown for 159 yards and four touchdowns.

About the Vikings: North Boone started the year with a 19-7 win at home against Mendota, then won, 47-7, at Rockford Lutheran. North Boone went 8-3 last season.

Friday Night Drive pick: Genoa-Kingston

Marquette Crusaders (2-0)
at Hiawatha Hawks (2-0)

Kickoff: 7 p.m. Friday

Last matchup: Marquette won, 35-0, in Kirkland last season.

About the Hawks: Hiawatha has been steamrolling opponents this year, winning, 61-18, in the opener and then, 55-7, against Westmont last week. Kyle Thompson has been a wrecking crew for Hiawatha, running for 361 yards and six touchdowns on six carries. Matt Korb has completed 16 of 23 passes for three touchdowns and two picks, going for 159 yards. Ty Kilcullen has 163 yards on nine catches, three for scores.

About the Crusaders: Marquette opened with a 40-14 win against Dwight, then topped Seneca, 21-13, last week. The Crusaders jumped to a 21-0 lead, outgaining Seneca, 230-51, in the first half. They held off an Irish push late to escape with the win. Preston Aukland ran for 80 yards, with Luke Couch adding 62, plus a 51-yard touchdown reception.

Friday Night Drive pick: Marquette