St. Bede (0-2, 0-0) at Princeton (1-1, 0-0)

When: 7 p.m. Friday.

Last meeting: PHS 33-6 (2018).

About Princeton: The Tigers are defending conference champions and favored to repeat. PHS will have to rebound from Saturday's disappointing loss at Newman in a game it led 21-10 at the half. Too many turnovers (3 interceptions, 2 fumbles) proved costly. St. Bede coach Jim Eustice described the Tigers as loaded and angry after last week's loss. The Tigers fell out of the 3A Top Ten in this week's rankings. PHS was ranked seventh, slipping to 13th overall in the vote totals.

About St. Bede: The Bruins ride the momentum of a strong second half rally at Fulton last week that, even though they lost, served as a big confidence boost, coach Jim Eustice said. “Our kids fought hard, and I'm proud of them. We made too many mistakes early in the game and have to correct that," Eustice said. Junior QB Braden Damerell ran for three touchdowns last week and has passed for 195 yards and one touchdown on the year.

FND pick: Princeton.

Monmouth-Roseville (1-1, 0-0) at Hall (1-1, 0-0)

When: 7 p.m. Friday.

Last meeting: Mon-Rose 24-20 (2018).

About Hall: The Red Devils roll into Nesti Stadium after blowing away the Storm at Bureau Valley last week, riding that momentum into Friday's conference opener. The Red Devils racked up 490 yards offense rushing alone (526 total), led by Marshall Walk (7-214, 2 TDs), Cole Wozniak (10-103, 2 TDs) and Austin Heinecke (8-99). They held BV to 171 total net yards. Mon-Rose beat Hall 24-20 in a battle last year in Monmouth, a loss that no doubt has left the Red Devils remembering the Titans. "Our guys know what happened, but we won't harp on last season. We will be focused on this game and nothing else," Hall coach Randy Tieman said.

About Monmouth-Roseville: The Titans run a lot of different sets, "so defensively we need to recognize the set and be in the right spots," Tieman said. "Offensively we have to establish our run game and mix in our pass as we need to." ... Mon-Rose is coming off a heart-breaking 33-32 loss in overtime at Rockridge.

FND pick: Hall.

Bureau Valley (0-2, 0-0) at Fulton (1-1, 0-0)

When: 7 p.m. Friday.

Last meeting: Fulton 20-12 (last year).

About Bureau Valley: BV is reeling after a 47-12 setback to Hall in its home opener last week. BV coach Mat Pistole is confident his team will respond well. "Our group of guys are resilient as they come. They have had three head coaches, seen a lot of negativity, and haven't seen a lot of wins ... but their attitudes wouldn't reflect that," he said. "These kids want this experience to be as positive as it possibly can be, and that shows on how they show up every day and work hard to get better. We are going to continue to hammer on the fundamentals and details of the game and do things the right way. ... Eventually, success will come. ... We believe in these boys wholeheartedly."

About Fulton: Pistole knows it won't get any easier traveling to the Steamers' home turf for the second straight year. The win by Fulton evened the all-time series at 8-8, according to Bureau County Republican records. "Fulton always presents challenges to prepare for as they are very multiple on offense and defense," Pistole said. "You match that with having a tremendous coaching staff that coaches their kids up extremely well, and they are always one of the toughest opponents in the conference. They are more experienced than they have been in recent years after playing a lot of underclassmen last year. We are going to have to play our best game of the year in order to have a chance."

FND pick: Fulton.

— Kevin Hieronymus