La Salle-Peru (2-1, 1-0 Interstate Eight) at Rochelle (1-2, 0-1)
When: 7 p.m. Friday
Last meeting: Rochelle beat L-P 55-33 last seaosn
About the Cavaliers: L-P has dominated on the ground the last two weeks as the Cavs have averaged 362.5 rushing yards per game the last two weeks. L-P quarterback Tyler Hartman ran for 127 yards and two touchdowns last week while tossing a TD pass, while Carlos Larios racked up 102 yards and two scores on the ground against Sandwich. L-P’s defense has only allowed 88.7 rushing yards per game.
About the Hubs: Rochelle, which has won the last two meetings with the Cavs, displayed its signature ball control game on its first possession last week with a 13-play, 74-yard scoring drive that took up 7:11, but the Hubs couldn’t maintain it and allowed 21 points in the second quarter. Gavin Ansteth led the Hubs with 98 rushing yards and a touchdown last week.
FND pick: La Salle-Peru
Sherrard (0-3, 0-1 TRC Mississippi) at St. Bede (0-3, 0-1)
When: 2 p.m. Saturday
Last meeting: St. Bede beat Sherrard 24-13 last year
About the Tigers: Sherrard was sloppy last week with 11 penalties for 65 yards. The Tigers have scored 14.3 points per game while allowing 39.3 per contest.
About the Bruins: St. Bede, which has won five straight against Sherrard and is 3-1 on homecoming under coach Jim Eustice, is looking to avoid its first 0-4 start since 2009. The Bruins have not rushed for 100 yards in a game this season, while quarterback Braden Damerell has completed 26-of-45 passes for 288 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
FND pick: St. Bede
Mendota Trojans (0-3 overall and Big Northern) at Genoa-Kingston Cogs (3-0, 3-0)
When: 7 p.m. Friday
Last matchup: The Cogs were 42-6 winners last year in Mendota.
About the Trojans: Mendota has struggled to stop the run, allowing 254.3 yards per game on the ground, while also struggling to get its own rushing attack going as the Trojans average just 79.3 yards per game, including 16 yards in Week 3. QB Ted Landgraf has completed 15-of-38 passes for 168 yards and two touchdowns, while Cody Jenner has scored two of Mendota’s three touchdowns — one rushing and one receiving. Mendota has lost 16 games in a row and has not played within single digits of an opponent during that stretch.
About the Cogs: They have been running all over their competition this year, outscoring Rock Falls, Oregon and North Boone by a combined 131-13. In the 46-13 win over the Vikings, the Cogs had their first 100 yard rusher of the season, and have four players – Jake Stojan, Justin Peters, Sam Rice and Will Franson – averaging at least 50 yards per game. Peters, the quarterback, has thrown 10 passes this year, six complete and four for touchdowns.
FND pick: Genoa-Kingston
2A No.1 Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley (3-0,1-0 Heart of Illinois Large) at 2ANo. 8 Fieldcrest (3-0,1-0)
Kickoff: 7 p.m. Friday
Last meeting: GCMS beat Fieldcrest 48-6 last year
About the Knights: FHS games have been one sided as the Knights have outscored their opponents 114-14 in three weeks of action. Fieldcrest is scoring 38 points per game behind 228.3 rushing yards and 177.7 passing yards per game, while the defense has only given up 4.7 points per game along with 100.7 rushing and 27.3 passing yards per contest.
About the Flacons: GCMS is on quite the roll as it has won 31 straight games, including the last two Class 2A state championships. The Falcons, who have outscored opponents 101-25, are led by sophomore running back Aidan Laugherty's 528 yards (10.2 per carry) and 10 touchdowns on 52 touches.
FND pick: Gibson City
West Carroll (2-1, 0-1 Northwest Upstate Illini South) at Amboy-LaMoille (0-3, 0-1)
When: 7 p.m. Friday
Last meeting: A-L beat West Carroll 28-26
About the Thunder: West Carroll quarterback Derek Tracy directs the team’s triple option offense. He has thrown for 275 yards and two touchdowns this season while running for 148 yards and two scores. The Thunder defense has allowed 13.3 points per game.
About the Clippers: A-L has struggled on both sides of the ball as it has been outscored 160-14. A-L quarterback Preston Henkel has completed 23-of-48 passes for 217 yards and a touchdown with five interceptions, while Marcus Winn has caught 14 passes for 152 yards.
FND pick: West Carroll
Lowpoint-Washburn/Henry (0-2) at Bunker Hill (0-3)
When: 1 p.m. Saturday
Last meeting: First meeting
About the Wildcats: L-W/Henry is looking for its first win in eight-man football in its first of three games against Bunker Hill this season. The Wildcats have been outscored 84-14 in two games this year.
About the Chargers: Bunker Hill has been outscored 141-40 in three games. The Chargers trailed 44-0 at halftime before recording a fumble recovery touchdown and a TD pass in the second half.
FND pick: Bunker Hill