Morris (2-1) at Plano (2-1)

When: Friday, 7 p.m.

Last matchup: Morris 34, Plano 0 (1980 Class 3A semifinals)

About the Reapers: The Reapers are getting into the meat of their conference schedule now and after a relatively light start to the season odds are they are going to find the sledding much more difficult from here on out. Plano forced six turnovers and held Ottawa to negative rushing yardage last week, but faces a much more capable offense this week.

About the Redskins: Morris went into grinder mentality to eventually pull away from Rochelle, a win which puts them on the path to getting back to the playoffs. Winning games like this are an absolute must in that quest, as there on some perilous opponents waiting for Morris later in their schedule. The three-pronged running attack of Zach Reddinger, Brandon Phelps and John Landers will probably be too much for Plano to handle.

Pick: Morris

Peotone (3-0) at Coal City (3-0)

When: Friday, 7 p.m.

Last matchup: Peotone 30, Coal City 24 (2017)

About the Coalers: The Coalers have been a wrecking ball in the early season and the ease that they demolished a Class 3A semifinalist from a year ago in Herscher last week has to give the rest of the Illinois Central Eight Conference pause. Daniel Jezik had a light workload in the rout, but odds are that will increase substantially in this contest.

About the Blue Devils: The Blue Devils are averaging 322 yards rushing per game in the arly going and odds are that number will probably go down as it tries to run into the eye teeth of a excellent Coal City front seven. But that doesn't necessarily mean that the Blue Devils will be stopped cold, its a gritty bunch that will likely find a way to move the football.

Pick: Coal City

Minooka (3-0) at Joliet Central (0-3)

When: Friday, 6:30 p.m.

Last matchup: Minooka 55, Joliet Central 7 (2018)

About the Steelmen: The Steelmen are likely hoping to just survive the crossover portion of the Southwest Prairie schedule as the contests against the West Division teams have been lopsided thus far. Minooka won't give them any rest either, but the Steelmen would like to build on the offensive attack that allowed them to score for the first time this season last week.

About the Indians: The Indians haven't faced much adversity this season but certainly saw some in Week 3 as an injury to quarterback Seth Lehr led to Minooka to experience a lineup shuffle. Back-up Josh Davis performed admirably in his stead and will likely continue to do so if Lehr's injury is long term. The Indians may have to lean more on the running game if that is the case, but Noah Ellens is more than capable of handling the load.

Pick: Minooka

Seneca (2-1) at Paxton (2-1)

When: Friday, 7 p.m.

Last matchup: Paxton 32, Seneca 16 (2018)

About the Panthers: Paxton is off to a pretty solid start this season with its one loss coming at the hands of the defending Class 2A state champions from Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley, a game that they led at halftime. Paxton comes into this contest fresh off a rout over Iroquois West, and whatever success the Panthers have in this contest will likely come on the ground.

About the Fighting Irish: This is the kind of toss-up game that the Fighting Irish need to emerge with a victory in if they hope to avoid the same fate that they had last year when they finished with a 4-5 record and ended the season one win short of the postseason field. Considering two state-ranked and undefeated team still lurk later in the schedule, this is a pivotal game.

Pick: Paxton