Kaneland receiver Ian Diehl battles Geneva defensive back Michael Ninni in the second quarter Friday Sept. 6th.
Kaneland receiver Ian Diehl battles Geneva defensive back Michael Ninni in the second quarter Friday Sept. 6th. — Mary Beth Nolan

Batavia (1-1) at Lake Park (1-1)

When: 7:30 p.m. Friday

Last matchup: 43-7 Batavia in 2018

About the Bulldogs: Batavia is beginning to get its ground game firing, evidenced by Art Taylor’s 145-yard performance last week. With a young offensive line and quarterback, Taylor’s continued emergence will pay off huge.

About the Lancers: No Panasiuk brothers to worry about, but the Lancers still return plenty of experience from last season. Running back Jordan Colon and quarterback Nathaneal Merchant headline. Colon ran for more than 450 yards last season.

Friday Night Drive pick: Batavia

Burlington Central (1-1)

at McHenry (1-1)

When: 7 p.m. Friday

Last matchup: First meeting.

About the Rockets: BC seems to have a great rushing attack option in Gavin Sarvis, who is approaching 200 yards on the ground.

About the Warriors: McHenry, amazingly, allowed only seven yards of total offense last week against Dundee-Crown.

FND pick: McHenry

Wheaton Warrenville South (2-0)

at Geneva (0-2)

When: 7:30 p.m. Friday

Last matchup: 35-3 WWS in 2018

About the Vikings: Geneva appears to be settling in offensively, despite being outscored 91-21. Konnor Mickelsen (8 catches, 63 yards) and Michael Ignoffo (5 catches, 90 yards) are becoming reliable targets for QB Hayden McCoy.

About the Tigers: WW South has cruised to wins over Metea Valley and Lockport. Jake Arthurs and Prince Lankah are a strong running back tandem. Receiver Kaleb Clousing had seven catches for 106 yards last week.

FND pick: WW South

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

When: 7 p.m. Friday

Last matchup: 28-7 Kaneland in 2018

About the Knights: The Knights are humming along offensively behind strong play from quarterback Joe Smith, while the defense has allowed just 14 points.

About the Spartans: Quarterback Grant McConkey is solid and will test an opportunistic Knights secondary. Sycamore is expected to have star Manny Dominguez back from injury.

FND pick: Kaneland.

Marmion (2-0) at De La Salle (2-0)

When: 7:30 p.m. Friday

Last matchup: 40-14 De La Salle in 2018

About the Cadets: Marmion is off to a great start, outscoring opponents 90-7 through two weeks.

About the Meteors: De La Salle hasn’t had many issues scoring either, prevailing by a combined 57-7 so far.

FND pick: Marmion

Westmont (1-1) at St. Francis (1-1)

When: 1:30 p.m. Saturday (at Wheaton College)

Last matchup: First meeting

About the Spartans: Quarterback Tommy Rittenhouse is playing at a high-level, throwing seven touchdowns to just one interception.

About the Sentinels: Mason Pardy in the season opener had four TDs on a reception, kick return, punt return and pick-six.

FND pick: St. Francis

St. Charles East (2-0)

at Glenbard North (0-2)

When: 7:30 p.m. Friday

Last matchup: 29-26 St. Charles East in 2018

About the Saints: Cole Conn had a huge 199-yard, three-TD game last week against Carmel.

About the Panthers: The Panthers are off to a slow start, outscored 53-16 the past two weeks.

FND pick: St. Charles East

St. Charles North (1-1)

at Wheaton North (2-0)

When: 7:30 p.m. Friday

Last matchup: 17-3 SCN in 2018

About the North Stars: St. Charles North got pounded on the ground by Bolingbrook’s triple option last week.

About the Falcons: Xander Mueller, a Northwestern recruit, headlines the defense.

FND pick: St. Charles North