Alleman (0-2) at Sterling (2-0)

When: 7 p.m. Friday

Where: Roscoe Eades Stadium, 1608 Fourth Ave.

Last matchup: 2018 Week 3 – Sterling 42, Alleman 7

About Sterling: The Golden Warriors’ Western Big 6 opener is a familiar foe: Sterling has outscored Alleman 98-14 the past 2 years, limiting the Pioneers to just 1 TD in each game. The Warriors have scored 96 points in two games so far this season. Sterling leads the all-time series 12-7.

About Alleman: The Pioneers have been back to the playoffs in each of the last 2 years, after missing in 2015 & ’16. But they haven’t won more than 5 games in 5 years, since a trip to the Class 4A semifinals in 2013.

FND pick: Sterling

Oregon (0-2) at Dixon (0-2)

When: 7:15 p.m. Friday

Where: A.C. Bowers Field, 300 Lincoln Statue Drive

Last matchup: 2018 Week 3 – Dixon 27, Oregon 6

About Dixon: The Dukes haven’t started 0-3 since 2012, and are hungry to erase the taste of a pair of season-opening losses out of their mouths. They’ve given up an average of 36 points in the first two games, and scored just 25 points total so far. They also had four turnovers in last week’s loss to Rock Falls.

About Oregon: The Hawks have also struggled, giving up an average of 44 points in the first two games while scoring 15 total points so far. Oregon hits the road for the second straight week, and looks to get its ground game going against a Dixon team that gave up 227 yards & 4 TDs on the ground last week.

FND pick: Dixon

Rock Falls (1-1) at Byron (1-1)

When: 7 p.m. Friday

Where: Everett Stine Field, 696 Colfax st.

Last matchup: 2018 Week 3 – Byron 52, RF 6

About Byron: The Tigers were upset by a tough Stillman Valley squad last week in what’s always a hard-nosed, hard-fought rivalry clash. That came after they put up 50 points in a week 1 win over Winnebago; Byron has given up 21 total points in two games.

About Rock Falls: The Rockets are rolling with confidence after a dominating victory over rival Dixon last week – and doing so in front of a home crowd that didn’t see a win in 2018. Rock Falls showed it can move the ball on the ground last week – throwing only 1 pass – and will likely try to be a little more balanced against Byron.

FND pick: Byron

Newman (2-0) at Kewanee (1-1)

When: 7 p.m. Friday

Where: 1101 E. 3rd St.

Last matchup: 2018 Week 1 – Newman 48, Kewanee 0

About Kewanee: After hitting for several big plays in a Week 1 win over Riverdale, the Boilers hung tough with a solid Orion squad before losing on a TD in the final minute last week. Kewanee has been outscored 57-55 through two games, and are looking to break a seven-game losing streak against Newman.

About Newman: The Comets have scrapped their way to another 2-0 start – for the sixth straight season – by relying on all three phases. When the ground game wasn’t working early last week, the Newman defense stepped up and forced four turnovers, all of which led to points.

FND pick: Newman

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

When: 7 p.m. Friday

Where: 1207 12th St.

Last matchup: 2018 Week 3 – Fulton 20, BV 12

About Fulton: The Steamers got the ground game going in Week 2, bouncing back from a lopsided Week 1 loss to rush for 291 yards and four TDs to beat St. Bede 28-20. Fulton also limited the Bruins to 99 yards rushing.

About Bureau Valley: The Storm have hit on some big plays in the both the run and pass game, but haven’t found the consistency yet to put it all together; they’ve averaged 13 points per game through the first 2 weeks. Fulton will be a good text for BV’s physicality in the trenches.

FND pick: Fulton

Morrison (2-0) at Riverdale (1-1)

When: 7 p.m. Friday

Where: 9622 256th St. N., Port Byron

Last matchup: 2018 Week 6 – Riverdale 9, Morrison 7

About Riverdale: The Rams played Kewanee close in Week 1, then bounced back last Friday to knock off an Erie-Prophetstown team coming off an impressive Week 1 win over Bureau Valley. Riverdale hasn’t won more than 3 games in a season since finishing 6-4 in 2011.

About Morrison: The Mustangs have been stampeding people so far in 2019. They’ve outscored their two opponents 95-13, and have run for 626 yards & 10 TDs with 12 different backs while throwing for 208 yards & 2 more TDs.

FND pick: Morrison

Erie-Prophetstown (1-1) at Sherrard (0-2)

When: 7 p.m. Friday

Where: 4701 176th Ave.

Last matchup: 2018 Week 7 – Sherrard 28, EP 6

About Sherrard: The Tigers are off to an 0-2 start for the fifth straight season, and are hoping to make it two straight wins over EP after a 3-year losing streak. After seeing Rockridge rally for a 37-30 win in Week 1, Sherrard couldn’t get anything going in a 54-6 loss to Morrison last Friday.

About EP: The Panthers ran the ball well in a Week 1 win over Bureau Valley at home, but couldn’t get on track in a road loss to Riverdale in Week 2. Another trek away from the friendly confines will be a goof Week 3 test for EP.

FND pick: Erie-Prophetstown

Amboy-LaMoille (0-2) at Forreston (2-0)

When: 7:30 p.m. Friday

Where: 601 E. Main St.

Last matchup: 2018 Week 9 – Forreston 62, Amboy 34

About Forreston: The Cardinals just keep doing what they’ve been doing for the past several years, having outscored their two opponents 82-21. Forreston’s winning streak has stretched to 13 games, after they won their final 11 in a row en route to the Class 1A state title last season – the Cards’ third in 5 years.

About Amboy: The Clippers haven’t found much success so far in 2019, having been outscored 120-7 against a pair of 2-0 teams. This would be a good week for Amboy-LaMoille to get back to the physical brand of football its been known for in the past.

FND pick: Forreston

AFC (0-2) at Stockton (1-1)

When: 7 p.m. Friday

Where: 540 N. Rush St.

Last matchup: 2018 Week 6 – Stockton 52, AFC 0

About Stockton: The Blackhawks have scored in the 20s in the first 2 weeks of the season, with the defense limiting Milledgeville to 8 points in Week 1 before giving up 40 to Aquin last Friday. They;re looking to extend a 10-game win streak against AFC.

About AFC: The Raiders have been outscored 67-14 through 2 weeks, but popped a few big plays last week in the passing game and have spread the ball between six rushers and three receivers so far this season.

FND pick: Stockton

Aquin (2-0) at Milledgeville (0-2)

When: 7 p.m. Friday

Where: Floyd Daub Field, 100 E. 8th St.

Last matchup: 2018 Week 9 – Milledgeville 36, Aquin 28

About Milledgeville: The Missiles don’t have a win yet, but have played tough in both games. Stockton scored twice in the fourth quarter to pull away in Week 1, then East Dubuque scored a fourth-quarter TD to snatch away a victory last Friday.

About Aquin: The Bulldogs haven’t had too much trouble through 2 weeks, outscoring their two opponents 68-38 in a pair of NUIC crossover contests. Aquin is looking to bounce back from its first losing season in more than a decade a year ago.

FND pick: Aquin

Eastland-Pearl City (0-2) at West Carroll (2-0)

When: 7 p.m. Friday

Where: W.F. Massey Field, 500 Cragmoor St., Savanna

Last matchup: 2018 Week 7 – EPC 40, WC 12

About WC: The Thunder eked out a Week 1 win with a lat TD, then controlled things last Friday against Dakota. The teams have traded wins the past 4 years, with the Thunder outscoring the EPC 94-79 over the last 4 years.

About EPC: The Wildcatz have started 0-2 for the first time since 2015; that year included a 40-0 loss to West Carroll in Week 2. EPC has scored at least 32 points in its last two wins over the Thunder, but have scored a total of 7 points in its last two losses. Prior to the back-and-forth the last 4 years, the ‘Catz had an 8-game win streak in the series.

FND pick: ?

Bunker Hill (0-2) at Polo (1-0)

When: 7 p.m. Friday

Where: 100 S. Union Ave.

Last matchup: First meeting

About Polo: The Marcos found out last last week that their Week 2 game against the Illinois School for the Deaf had been forfeited; ISD still hasn’t played a game this season. Polo routed Danville Schlarman 54-14 in its first 8-man game, and has now had 2 weeks to work out the few kinks they found on film from that Week 1 victory.

About Bunker Hill: The Chargers have been outscored 97-26 by their first two opponents, including a 59-8 loss to Schlarman last Friday. It’s a long road trip from Bunker Hill (located just north of St. Louis) to Polo – about 250 miles and 4+ hours – so it might take a little time for the Chargers to loosen up after so much time spent on the bus pregame.

FND pick: Polo