Here is a look at the Week 3 games awaiting the undefeated Fieldcrest Knights, Flanagan-Cornell/Woodland Falcons and Sandwich Indians, as well as the 1-1 Seneca Fighting Irish:
Tremont Turks (2-0) at Fieldcrest Knights (2-0)
Kickoff: 7 p.m. Friday in Minonk
Last matchup: Tremont 16, Fieldcrest 13 (2018)
About the Knights: The No. 8-ranked team in the AP Class 2A poll has lived up to its billing, but can't get cocky as here comes another test, the Heart of Illinois Conference's Small Division favorite. While the weapons on offense have been impressive, Fieldcrest's defense has been even moreso, limited Reed-Custer in Week 1 and Tri-Valley in Week 2 to one touchdown each.
About the Turks: Tremont comes in off two impressive wins — 31-7 over Dee-Mack, the Turks' first Route 9 Rivalry win in six years, and a 14-7 edging of fellow HOIC Small contender Fisher. Nate Nguyen ran in a 34-yard TD for the game-winner in the latter contest, and fellow returning RB Caiden Buster ran for 151 yards in Week 1. They make a formidable one-two punch, and Tremont's defense has looked impressive as well. This could be a low-scoring slugfest.
FND pick: Fieldcrest
— J.T. Pedelty
Seneca Fighting Irish (1-1) at Dwight Trojans (0-2)
Kickoff: 7 p.m. Friday at Oughton Athletic Field, Dwight
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 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
— Steve Soucie
Sandwich Indians (2-0, 0-0) at La Salle-Peru Cavaliers (1-1, 0-0)
Kickoff: 7 p.m. Friday at Howard Fellows Stadium, Peru
Last matchup: n/a
About the Indians: 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 the Cavaliers: The Cavs, 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. This is L-P's first Interstate Eight Conference contest.
FND pick: La Salle-Peru
— Joshua Welge
Illinois School for the Deaf (0-1) at FCW Falcons (2-0)
Kickoff: 7 p.m. Friday at the Wood Shed, rural Streator
Last meeting: n/a
About the Falcons: A Week 1 rout of Elgin Westminster and a thrilling Week 2 survival of Pawnee have built excitement around the program that hasn't been there since FCW was a perennial 11-man football playoff participant. Tavarre Phifer is off to a torrid start for the Falcons, having scored seven TDs through two games — five rushing, two on kickoff returns.
About the Tigers: Illinois School for the Deaf, located in Jacksonville, had to forfeit its game last weekend against Polo. The school informed FCW earlier this week, however, that this Friday's game would be a go, though in light of the forfeit the number of Tigers in uniform have to be a concern.
FND pick: FCW
— J.T. Pedelty