Sterling (3-0) at Geneseo (3-0)

When: 7 p.m. Friday

Where: Bob Reade Field, 700 N. State St.

Last matchup: 2018 Week 5 – Sterling 43, Geneseo 7

About Geneseo: The Maple Leafs have outrushed their opponents 698-224 so far this season, and hold a 93-30 scoring edge, with a shutout in Week 2 against Lake View. PJ Moser (242), Mason Jones (198) and Kyle Hofer (158) have all rushed for more than 100 yards through 3 games.

About Sterling: The Golden Warriors have won the last 4 games over their longtime rivals, first in the NCIC and then in the NIB-12; this will be their first meeting as Western Big 6 foes. Senior QB Cooper Willman (313 rushing, 368 passing, 6 total TDs) leads Sterling’s attack on the ground and through the air; the Warriors have outscored their three opponents 130-34.

FND pick: Sterling

Dixon (1-2) at North Boone (2-1)

When: 7 p.m. Friday

Where: 17823 Poplar Grove Rd., Poplar Grove

Last matchup: 2018 Week 4 – North Boone 28, Dixon 20

About North Boone: The Vikings have seen a little of everything this season: a close win in Week 1, a blowout win in Week 2, and a lopsided loss last week. They have outscored their three opponents 79-60, but come in off of a 46-13 defeat to Genoa-Kingston last Friday night. North Boone has won the last 2 games in the series.

About Dixon: The Dukes bounced back from a pair of opening losses with an impressive performance last Friday night to beat Oregon. Nate Long amassed more than 200 yards (123 rushing, 95 passing) and 4 TDs, and QB Jacob Shafer threw for 216 yards and 4 TDs.

FND pick: Dixon

Rock Falls (1-2) at Stillman Valley (3-0)

When: 7 p.m. Friday

Where: 425 S. Pine St.

Last matchup: 2018 Week 4 – Stillman 55, RF 38

About Stillman: The Cardinals have pulled out close wins in each of the last 2 weeks, but in very different fashion: they won an 18-16 defensive slugfest with Byron in Week 2, then outscored Winnebago 43-35 last Friday. Stillman has mixed in an aerial attack with its traditional ground game this season, and the result is defenses are still trying to figure out the Cardinals.

About Rock Falls: The Rockets couldn’t follow up their Week 2 win over Dixon with another W, but did keep the potent Tigers in check for most of the first half. Rock Falls has given up 81 points in its two losses, and will play for the second straight week without leading rusher Noah Schueler.

FND pick: Stillman Valley

Byron (2-1) at Oregon (0-3)

When: 7 p.m. Friday

Where: Landers-Loomis Field, 210 S. 10th St.

Last matchup: 2018 Week 4 – Byron 48, Oregon 0

About Oregon: The Hawks have given up at least 43 points in each of their three games so far this season, but got the offense going in the second half of last week’s loss to Dixon, gaining 148n of its 222 yards after the break. Breccan Berns led the charge, running for 105 yards and a TD and throwing for 61 yards.

About Byron: The Tigers bounced back nicely last week after a tough loss to rival Stillman Valley in Week 2, reaching the 40-point plateau for the second time in 3 weeks with a 41-6 win over Rock Falls. Byron has won five straight games in the series.

FND pick: Byron

Newman (3-0) at Bureau Valley (0-3)

When: 7 p.m. Friday

Where: 9154 County Rd. 2125N, Manlius

Last matchup: 2018 Week 6 – Newman 75, BV 14

About BV: The Storm are still looking for their footing under first-year head coach Mat Pistole, who will coach against a Comet program where he served as assistant coach before taking the BV job. The Storm finished last week’s game without their three top running backs – Mac Nugent, Tucker Hartz and James Macklin – so they hope to get healthy fast on offense to help out QB Dalton Dean (211 yards, 3 TDs passing).

About Newman: The Comets have been finding ways to win each week, coming from behind in the last two games to reach 3-0 for the 5th time in 6 seasons. Connor McBride (178 yards), Andrew Velasquez (152) and Kye O’Brien (142) form a solid three-headed monster in the backfield, and Jake Ackman has thrown for 245 yards and three TDs – with McBride (110) and Andrew Wilson (108) bpth over 100 yards receiving.

FND pick: Newman

Fulton (2-1) at Morrison (3-0)

When: 7 p.m. Friday

Where: E.M. “Bud” Cole Field, 643 Genesee Ave.

Last matchup: 2018 Week 5 – Fulton 14, Morrison 12

About Morrison: The Mustangs are looking to snap a five-game losing skid in the battle for the Wooden Shoe, and have been very impressive so far: on defense,. they’ve allowed just 16 points in 3 games, and their 111 points is the most ion the Three Rivers Rock. Hunter Newman (241), Keegan Anderson (188), Nathan Mickley (123) and Riley Wilkens (114) have all rushed for more than 100 yards, and Nathan Helms has thrown for 263.

About Fulton: The Steamers have bounced back nicely from a Week 1 road win, grabbing a pair of victories at home in Weeks 2 & 3. Ethan Rash leads the area with 419 rushing yards, and Jacob Jones (163) and Kyler Pessman (163) are also over 100 yards on the ground.

FND pick: Morrison

Hall (2-1) at Erie-Prophetstown (2-1)

When: 7 p.m. Friday

Where: Wayne Hein Field, 500 5th Ave., Erie

Last matchup: 2018 Week 8 – Hall 49, EP 0

About EP: The Panthers have a pair of wins by a combined score of 66-21, but lost on the road to Riverdale 35-14 in Week 2. EP is back at Wayne Hein Field off a 33-7 win in Sherrard on Saturday afternoon, and are looking to improve to 2-0 in the conference for the first time since 2014.

About Hall: The Red Devils have rebounded from a Week 1 loss to Newman, outscoring their last two opponents 82-24. The winner of this game will keep pace atop the TRAC Mississippi with Princeton – which plays Hall in Week 6 and EP in Week 9.

FND pick: Hall

West Carroll (2-1) at Amboy-LaMoille (0-3)

When: 7 p.m. Friday

Where: The Harbor, 11 E. Hawley St.

Last matchup: 2018 Week 3 – Amboy 28, West Carroll 26

About Amboy: The Clippers have been outscored 160-14 through 3 weeks, and have given up at least 40 points in each game. Austin Norman has run for 165 yards, Preston Henkel has passed for 211 yards, and Marcus Winn leads the area with 14 catches for 146 yards.

About West Carroll: The Thunder have cornered the competitive-game market so far this season, as none of their games have been decided by more than 12 points; they’ve outscored their opponents 46-40 through 3 weeks. Derek Tracy has run for 150 yards and passed for 274 yards, with 4 total TDs; Kody Sipe (149) and Aiden Sullivan (117) have also rushed for 100 yards.

FND pick: West Carroll

Forreston (3-0) at AFC (0-3)

When: 7 p.m. Friday

Where: Mel Barron Field, 318 E. South St., Franklin Grove

Last matchup: 2016 Week 1 – Forreston 42, AFC 0

About AFC: The Raiders have scored 20 points all season, and given up at least 26 in each of their games; they’ve been outscored 107-20 through 3 weeks. AFC is looking to snap a 12-game losing streak.

About Forreston: The Cardinals have scored more points (122) than any other team in the NUCI South, and at the same time have allowed the fewest (28). Forreston has yet to allow more than 12 points in a game, and has scored 30 or more every week.

FND pick: Forreston

Milledgeville (0-3) at Eastland-Pearl City (1-2)

When: 7 p.m. Friday

Where: 500 School Dr., Lanark

Last matchup: 2006 Week 1 – EPC 28, Milledgeville 6

About EPC: The Wildcatz avoided an 0-3 start with a hard-fought 8-0 win over rival West Carroll last Friday, but have been outscored 86-48 so far in 2019. EPC has shown some nice balance on offense, boasting a 100-yard rusher (Logan Krell, 187 yards) and a 300-yard passer (Lane Christians, 308 yards). Braydin Preston (9 catches), Krell (6) and Carson Clouse (5) have led the receiving corps, and Clouse had two big interceptions from his linebacker spot in Week 3.

About Milledgeville: After sticking close in their first two games, the Missiles fell behind early against Aquin last week. They’ve been outscored 82-28 so far this season, but Marcus McKenna (215 yards) and Damon Miller (161 yards) have stepped up nicely to fill the vacated roles in the offensive backfield.

FND pick: EPC

Polo (3-0) at Westminster Christian (1-2)

When: 1 p.m. Saturday

Where: 2700 W. Highland Ave., Elgin

Last matchup: First meeting

About Westminster: The Warriors have been outscored 82-45 in their three games this season, but come into Week 4 off a 27-0 win over Alden-Hebron. Westminster Christian did not field a team last season, but made the playoff as recently as 2016, when it finished 6-4.

About Polo: The Marcos have only played two games after picking up a forfeit in Week 2 from Illinois School for the Deaf, but they’ve only given up 14 points in each game, and has scored a total of 98 points themselves. This will be the first road trip for Polo this season.

FND pick: Polo