Morris' John Landers and the Redskins host Rochelle on Friday night.
Morris' John Landers and the Redskins host Rochelle on Friday night. — Dan Voitik

Rochelle (1-1) at Morris (1-1)

When: 7 p.m. Friday

Last matchup: Morris 14, Rochelle 9 (2017 Class 4A quarterfinals)

About the Redskins: Moving the ball hasn't been a problem for Morris. Through two games, the Redskins have racked up 984 yards of offense and scored 87 points. The bulk of the production has come on the ground, as Zach Reddinger and John Landers each average more than 100 rushing yards per game and Brandon Phelps is right behind, averaging 95. Reddinger can throw as well, as he has 4 TD passes in two games, 3 to Cole Laurie, who has also scored on a punt return.

About the Hubs: It has traditionally been a battle when Rochelle meets Morris, as the two programs each favor a strong defense and running game. The Hubs scored a 35-21 win over Pekin in the season opener, but were limited to just one touchdown in an 18-6 defeat at the hands of Johnsburg in Week 2. The big question will be whether or not they can move the ball against a Morris defense that is young, but improving..

FND pick: Morris


Coal City (2-0) at Herscher (1-1)

When: 7 p.m. Friday

Last matchup: Coal City 28, Herscher 7 (2018)

About the Tigers: The Tigers were a Class 3A semifinalist last season after catching fire at exactly the right time. This is a different, much younger, version of the Tigers that almost certainly will have trouble matching up with the freight train that the Coalers have become. Sophomore Cody Lunsford has been a monster for Herscher thus far with 233 yards rushing and five scores.

About the Coalers: After rambling through a pair of impressive nonconference wins, the Coalers now shift their focus to the Illinois Central Eight schedule, one that they appear to be a heavy favorite in. Daniel Jezik might not be asked to shoulder so much of the load as he posted nearly 300 yards in the win over Bishop McNamara, but he'll be up for the task if its requested of him.

FND pick: Coal City


Plainfield East (1-1) at Minooka (2-0)

When: 7 p.m. Friday

Last matchup: Minooka 21, Plainfield East 14 (2018)

About the Indians: Minooka has been red-hot to start the season and its offense seems capable of scoring whenever it sets its mind to it. Quarterback Seth Lehr is a completion machine and he's got a embarrassment of riches in regards to offensive weapons to choose from in where to deliver the football.

About the Bengals: After getting some first half jitters out of their system in the season opening loss to Plainfield North, the Bengals have played some pretty sound football. That momentum allowed them to fend off a late charge in last week's win from West Aurora.

FND pick: Minooka


Seneca (1-1) at Dwight (0-2)

When: 7 p.m. Friday

Last matchup: Seneca 22, Dwight 15 (2018)

About the Trojans: The Trojans will probably be trying to find a way to get Carson Crouch more touches as he amassed 168 yards on just eight chances in the Week 2 loss to Reed-Custer. Dwight's defense tightened up a little bit on the ground between the first and second weeks, but it will have to put the clamps down even more to try to slow a ground-based Seneca squad.

About the Fighting Irish: Although it turned out to be a rather frustrating loss to Ottawa Marquette in Week 2, a lot of encouraging signs can be taken away. Seneca outplayed the Crusaders in the second half scoring a pair of touchdowns from Ryan McCauley to account for the only points of the second half, and having two different chances to possibly tie the game late.

FND pick: Seneca