IC Catholic running back Kyle Franklin breaks free for a huge gain on Friday, Sept. 6, 2019, at Joliet Stadium in Joliet, Ill. The Knights defeated the Hilltoppers 22-12.
IC Catholic running back Kyle Franklin breaks free for a huge gain on Friday, Sept. 6, 2019, at Joliet Stadium in Joliet, Ill. The Knights defeated the Hilltoppers 22-12. — Geoff Stellfox for Shaw Media

Montini (2-0) at Mount Carmel (2-0)

When: 7:30 p.m Friday.

Last matchup: Mount Carmel beat Montini 35-18 in 2017 in Lombard.

About Montini: The Broncos, ranked No. 2 in the latest Class 5A poll, had little trouble with Chicago Collins in a 55-0 Week 2 win. Deontay Bell threw for three touchdowns, and Nate Muersch caught two. Defensive lineman Patrick Peters had five tackles, four for loss. Bell will certainly have his hands full with a Caravan defense that's allowed a total of seven points in two games.

About Mount Carmel: First noteworthy item – the Caravan is now playing its home games on campus, not Gately Stadium. Mount Carmel, No. 1 in Class 7A, held Maine South to 198 total yards and forced four turnovers in a 21-7 win in Park Ridge, although the Hawks were without their starting quarterback. Caravan quarterback Justin Lynch is the younger brother of head coach Jordan Lynch.

Friday Night Drive pick: Mount Carmel.

Fenwick (2-0) at Nazareth (1-1)

When: 7:30 p.m Friday.

Last matchup: First known meeting.

About Nazareth: The Roadrunners restored order last week with a 35-0 win over Curie. Tyler Morris took a kick return back for a TD, and also scored on a 68-yard run. J.J. McCarthy threw for 104 yards and a TD and ran for a score. This week's game should provide a little bit better indication of whether Nazareth is making significant game-to-game progress and where the Roadrunners' defense is at facing what appears to be an explosive offense.

About Fenwick: The Friars, coming off a 3-6 season, look like they're poised for a rebound. Fenwick has scored 45 points in each of its first two games against Chicago Public League opponents, including 45-14 over Curie in Week 1. Sophomore quarterback Kaden Cobb, who threw for 97 yards and three TDs last week, is already drawing Division I interest. This is the first coaching matchup between Fenwick head coach Gene Nudo and Nazareth's Tim Racki, who both coached at four-time state champ and since closed Driscoll.

FND pick: Nazareth.

York (1-1) at Downers Grove North (2-0)

When: 7:30 p.m Friday.

Last matchup: York beat Downers Grove North 14-7 last year in Elmhurst.

About York: The Dukes, who have scored 30 points in two games, are still finding their identity a bit offensively. York has dug early deficits in both of its games. Quarterback Max Assaad is one of several juniors playing for the Dukes.

About Downers Grove North: The Trojans will have no shortage of motivation in this one. York's 14-7 win in Week 9 last year cost Downers Grove North a shot at the playoffs. Trojans' quarterback Drew Cassens comes in off perhaps his finest all-around game as starter, 129 yards and three rushing TDs and 95 passing yards. Mark Dennison had two interceptions against Addison Trail. The Trojans are 2-0 for the first time since 2015.

FND pick: Downers Grove North.

Wheaton Warrenville South (2-0) at Geneva (0-2)

When: 7:30 p.m. Friday.

Last matchup: Wheaton Warrenville South beat Geneva 35-3 last year in Wheaton.

About Geneva: Geneva, which lost its first six games in 2018, is off to another rough start in being outscored by a combined 91-21 by Notre Dame and Kaneland. Konnor Mickelsen (eight catches, 63 yards) and Michael Ignoffo (five catches, 90 yards) are becoming reliable targets for quarterback Hayden McCoy. Linebacker Jake Costello will be busy with the Tigers rushing attack.

About WW South: WW South has cruised to wins over Metea Valley and Lockport. Jake Arthurs and Prince Lankah are a strong running back tandem. Jack Olsen, a Michigan State recruit, is one of the top kickers/punters in the state. Wide receiver Kaleb Clousing had seven catches for 106 yards last week as junior Parker Brown settles in at quarterback.

FND Pick: WW South

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

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

Last matchup: First meeting.

About St. Francis: Quarterback Tommy Rittenhouse is playing at a high-level, throwing seven touchdowns to just one interception. The Spartans lost a heart-breaker last week against Shepard last week. Jake Tangorra, Ben Radel and Ryan French have been reliable targets thus far.

About Westmont: The Sentinels come in off a rough 55-7 loss to Hiawatha, a game in which Westmont trailed 28-0 after a quarter. It doesn't figure to get any easier at St. Francis. 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 North (1-1) at Wheaton North (2-0)

When: 7:30 p.m. Friday.

Last matchup: St. Charles North won 17-3 last season in St. Charles.

About St. Charles North: St. Charles North got pounded on the ground by Bolingbrook's triple option. While Ben Furtney and the defense did what it could against a handful of quality rushers, the offense couldn't offset the damage. Nick DeMarco continues to be the feature back, but the collective unit will need a more balanced effort.

About Wheaton North: Xander Mueller, a Northwestern recruit, headlines the defense. Nathan Love, last year's starting quarterback, has settled in at running back/defensive back and doing a little bit of everything with Mark Forcucci, one of four Falcons' sophomore starters, at quarterback.

FND Pick: St. Charles North.

Oak Park-River Forest (0-2) at Lyons Township (1-1)

When: 7:30 p.m. Friday.

Last matchup: Oak Park beat Lyons 48-0 last year in Oak Park.

About Lyons: The Lions should be motivated, after last year's Week 9 loss to Oak Park. Sophomore Trell Harris had two TDs and Tony Georgelos had seven tackles for loss last week in a 31-20 win over Proviso East.

About Oak Park-River Forest: The Huskies, who last missed the playoffs in 2011, come in desperate with two losses and a tough Silver schedule ahead. Oak Park has scored a combined 20 points in two games, surprising with some of the talent on the roster offensively. The Huskies are a young team, which could be an issue. Junior quarterback Jaden McGill, who received an offer from Kansas State last week, was 12-for-18 and scored the Huskies' only TD on a run against Willowbrook.

FND Pick: Oak Park-River Forest.

Hinsdale Central (2-0) at Hinsdale South (1-1)

When: 7:30 p.m. Friday.

Last matchup: Hinsdale Central beat Hinsdale South 21-12 last year in Hinsdale.

About Hinsdale Central: The Red Devils have owned the District 86 rivalry, with 17 straight wins since the Hornets' last win in 2001. Hinsdale Central, with wins over Naperville Central and Morton, has moved up to No. 6 in the latest Class 8A rankings. Braden Contreras and the Red Devils' offense got rolling last week, a 48-10 win over Morton.

About Hinsdale South: The Hornets received a much-needed bounce-back 35-14 win over Proviso West last week. Hinsdale South has had a handful of close losses in this series, including last year, since its last win. Multi-dimensional quarterback Marquese Garrett is the man to watch. Senior Kerry Glimco made two PATs last week, believed to be the first points scored by a female in program history.

FND Pick: Hinsdale Central.

Wheaton Academy (2-0) at IC Catholic Prep (2-0)

When: 7:15 p.m. Friday.

Last matchup: IC Catholic beat Wheaton Academy 48-13 last year in West Chicago.

About Wheaton Academy: The Warriors overcame four turnovers to beat St. Edward 21-7 last week. Quarterback Shane Baumgarten ran for 62 yards and threw for 128 yards. Stephen Garner, one of a few transfers from Wheaton North, had a rushing TD and fumble return for a score in Week 1.

About IC Catholic: Kyle Franklin has had a relatively modest two weeks, with 145 rushing yards and four TDs – but quarterback Danny Cronin has proven that IC Catholic's offense is by no means a one-trick pony. Cronin ran for 174 yards and two TDs and threw for 188 yards and a TD in last week's 22-12 win over Joliet Catholic. Kevin Cooke, who had 19 tackles in the game, anchors a rock-solid defense.

FND Pick: IC Catholic.

Downers Grove South (1-1) at Willowbrook (1-1)

When: 7:30 p.m. Friday.

Last matchup: Willowbrook beat Downers Grove South 42-20 last year in Downers Grove.

About Downers Grove South: With a tough conference opener on tap the Mustangs picked up a much-needed 20-14 win over York last week. Jayden Lambert is Downers Grove South's marquee playmaker but sophomore Eli Reed put his name on the map with two TD catches from Cole Warehime.

About Willowbrook: Warriors enter conference play coming off a solid road win, 21-6 at Oak Park-River Forest. Sam Tumilty ran and threw for over 100 yards, with three TDs. Ta'Vion Geanes, a transfer from Montini, also broke 100 rushing yards and Everett Stubblefield III caught seven passes. Willowbrook has dominated the West Suburban Gold the last two years, going 12-0 to win back-to-back titles.

FND Pick: Willowbrook

St. Ignatius (2-0) at Benet (2-0)

When: 7:30 p.m. Friday.

Last matchup: First known meeting.

About Benet: The Redwings notched an impressive 28-19 win over at the time state-ranked Moline in Week 2. Backup quarterback Michael O'Connor ran for a TD and threw for one after Colin Gillespie was hurt in the first half. Regardless of who is at quarterback, Sean Torres should be active running the football.

About St. Ignatius: The Wolfpack have outscored its first two opponents, Lindblom and Ridgewood, 102-7, but Benet represents a significant step up in competition. St. Ignatius, Catholic League White champs in 2016 and 2017, has reached the playoffs four straight years in Class 6A, winning at least one game each year.

FND pick: Benet.

Bartlett (1-1) at Glenbard South (2-0)

When: 7:30 p.m. Friday.

Last matchup: Bartlett beat Glenbard South 33-23 last year in Bartlett.

About Bartlett: Hawks dropped a wild 24-21 affair to Glenbard East last week, but figure to be in the mix in the Upstate Eight all the way. Tyler Rivelli, who had two long TD runs in Week 2, is one to watch.

About Glenbard South: Quarterback Nick Plaso has weapons, and sophomore Trevor Burnett is one of them. The Raiders' sophomore broke out for six catches for 84 yards and two TDs in a 21-12 win over Elgin.

FND pick: Bartlett.

Leyden (0-2) at Morton (0-2)

When: 7:30 p.m. Friday.

Last matchup: Leyden beat Morton 42-7 last year at Leyden.

About Morton: The Mustangs, who have hopes of a playoff run, are off to a tough start, but still see positives from last week's 48-10 loss at Hinsdale Central. Turnovers, five of them over the first two weeks, have plagued Morton. Faster starts seem critical to turning things around.

About Leyden: The Eagles look to get well after a 55-8 loss to Glenbard West last week. Running back Vince Fredrickson and quarterback James Lonigro, are ones to watch.

FND pick: Leyden.

Bishop McNamara (1-1) at Riverside-Brookfield (2-0)

When: 7 p.m. Friday.

Last matchup: Bishop McNamara beat Riverside-Brookfield 64-7 last year in Kankakee.

About Bishop McNamara: The Fighting Irish took it on the chin last week, losing 34-20 to Coal City in a matchup of Class 4A heavyweights, giving up 289 yards to Daniel Jezik. History suggests that Bishop McNamara, last year's 4A state runner-up, will rebound. Head coach Rich Zinnani has quite a pedigree, 354 wins and five state titles over a 45-year career.

About Riverside-Brookfield: The Bulldogs, who have already matched last year's win total, come off a thrilling 26-21 win at Wauconda, a game in which they stopped a last-minute Wauconda drive deep in R-B territory. Matthew Torres threw for 192 yards and three TDs in the win. This week figures to be clearly R-B's toughest test to date.

FND pick: Bishop McNamara.

Proviso West (0-2) at Glenbard West (2-0)

When: 1:30 p.m. Saturday

Last matchup: Glenbard West beat Proviso West 35-6 last year in Hillside.

About Glenbard West: If the first two weeks has shown anything, it's that the Hilltoppers have talent to spare in their backfield. Jalen Moore had the huge Week 1 game, and Samson Zander went for 137 yards and four TDs – all in the first half – last week against Leyden. And don't forget Joey Richmond, over 200 yards through two weeks.

About Proviso West: Proviso comes in off a 35-14 loss to Hinsdale South. That result wouldn't seem to bode well for the West Suburban Silver conference opener at Duchon Field.

FND pick: Glenbard West.

Glenbard East (2-0) at West Chicago (0-2)

When: 7:30 p.m. Friday

Last matchup: Glenbard East beat West Chicago 50-14 last year in Lombard.

About Glenbard East: The Rams come in off a thrilling 24-21 win over Bartlett in a game that came down to the last minute. Deon Cook was huge in the win, with 10 catches for 125 yards. Sophomore quarterback Connor Cerkas was clutch, his TD throw to LaDonus Rogers the winning score.

About West Chicago: The Wildcats are coming off a 1-8 season, and the start of 2019 hasn't been particularly promising with a 51-13 loss to Fenton in Week 2. Welcoming the defending Upstate Eight champs doesn't make things any easier.

Lemont (1-1) at T.F. South (2-0)

When: 7 p.m. Friday

Last matchup: Lemont beat T.F. South 28-15 last year in Lemont

About Lemont: The Indians took out their frustrations from a close Week 1 loss to St. Charles East last week, throttling Rich Central 55-6. Anthony Sambucci, a Western Michigan recruit, led the way with seven catches for 132 yards and two TDs.

About T.F. South: The Rebels own two wins over two teams from Indiana, last week a 34-14 win over Highland. Jamarion Gaines ran for 127 yards and two TDs.

FND pick: Lemont.