Oswego's Joey Niesman (2) comes down with an interception during their football game between Oswego at Joliet West  Sept 6.
Oswego's Joey Niesman (2) comes down with an interception during their football game between Oswego at Joliet West Sept 6. — Gary E Duncan Sr for Shaw Media

Plainfield South (1-1) at Oswego (2-0)

When: 7 p.m. Friday

Last matchup: Oswego was a 22-15 winner last year in Plainfield.

About Oswego: The Panthers weathered a somewhat tougher than expected 23-14 win at Joliet West last Friday, scoring nine points in the fourth quarter. Joey Niesman had three interceptions to lead the Oswego defense. Cole Pradel (23-of-31, 307) has been solid at quarterback with equal distribution to Jack Lemke and Nick Hampton. Plainfield gave Oswego a scare in Week 9 last year, so figure the Panthers to be ready.

About Plainfield South: The Cougars, 7-2 last year and considered the possible favorite in the SPC East, come off a jarring 46-7 loss to Minooka. Lorenz Nelson scored Plainfield's only touchdown, a 4-yard run in the fourth quarter. Keith Brunson ran for 124 yards and three TDs in a Week 1 win over West Aurora.

Friday Night Drive pick: Oswego.

Joliet West (0-2) at Oswego East (2-0)

When: 7 p.m. Friday

Last matchup: Oswego East was a 31-6 winner last year in Joliet.

About Oswego East: The Wolves' defense seems to have picked up right where it left off last year, allowing a total of seven points the first two weeks and getting pick-sixes from Nathaniel Campbell and Tremont Brewer against Romeoville. Michael Ford (20-for-28, 289 yards, six TDs) has been very efficient running the offense and Zoye Harden is making a name for himself running the football. This figures to be the Wolves' stiffest test to date.

About Joliet West: Trent Howland, a 6-foot-3, 230-pound junior, is a running back all the conference coaches are raving about. "He is a man amongst boys," Oswego coach Brian Cooney said. Howland accounted for 114 rushing yards, half of Joliet's total yardage, in the loss to Oswego – a game in which the Tigers rallied from two TDs down to tie in the second half.

FND pick: Oswego East.

Plainfield Central (0-2) at Yorkville (2-0)

When: 7 p.m. Friday

Last matchup: First meeting.

About Yorkville: Cale Reeder is making his presence felt on both sides of the ball for Yorkville, with two receiving TDs and a pick-six last week against Romeoville. Tre Thomas, who went over 100 yards last week, leads a balanced rushing attack with Dougie Burson and Toran Harris. The schedule gets tougher starting next week, so banking a third win would benefit the Foxes.

About Plainfield Central: The Wildcats, 2-7 last year, are off to a rough 0-2 start, outscored by a combined 97-10 against Oswego and Oswego East. Plainfield does have some size up front, which could challenge the Foxes. James Buck threw for 38 yards and ran for 47 against Oswego East.

FND pick: Yorkville.

Plano (1-1) at Ottawa (1-1)

When: 7 p.m. Friday

Last matchup: First meeting.

About Plano: The Reapers were brought back to earth last week, as Marengo's Finn Schirmer ran for six TDs in a 54-0 win over Plano. Among other pressing needs, Plano needs to establish some semblance of a passing game to keep opponents honest and open up room for Uriel Rodriguez, Tony Licea and the Reapers' backs.

About Ottawa: The Pirates snapped a 16-game losing streak with a Week 1, 61-0 win over Chicago Juarez, but got a bit of a reality check with a 15-7 loss to Woodstock last Friday. Cedric Fairrow, Bryant Schomas and Damonte Coleman each ran for 50 yards against Woodstock for Ottawa, which runs a double-wing offense.

FND pick: Plano.

Sandwich (2-0) at LaSalle-Peru (1-1)

When: 7 p.m. Friday

Last matchup: First meeting.

About Sandwich: The Indians have been living on the edge, with two wins by a combined three points that came down to the last minute. Nic Lidinsky has rushed for more than 100 yards in both games, leading a balanced ground game with James Coleman and Jackson Murphy. Nico Migliorini is an active player at middle linebacker in the Indians' defense.

About LaSalle-Peru: The Cavaliers, 3-6 last year, and held to one touchdown in Week 1 against Morton, exploded for 37 points in the second half to beat Bartonville-Limestone, 37-22, last Friday. Tyler Hartman ran for 102 yards and two TDs and Tre'Von Hunter had a 66-yard TD run.

FND pick: LaSalle-Peru