La Salle-Peru (4-2, 4-1 Interstate Eight) at Sycamore (6-1, 5-0 Interstate Eight)

When is kickoff: 7:15 p.m. Friday

Last matchup: Sycamore beat L-P 14-6 in 2017

About the Cavaliers: L-P will have to rely on its stingy defense that allows 97.7 rushing yards and 11.1 points per game to offset a short-handed offense. The Cavs will be without starting quarterback Tyler Hartman, who left last week's game after taking a shot to the head. Sean Whitfield (1-10-1, 15 yards last week) will start in Hartman's place. Carlos Larios (596 rushing yards, 4 TDs) leads L-P's rushing attack.

About the Spartans: Sycamore looks to lock up at least a share of the Interstate Eight Conference title with its sixth win in a row. The Spartans feature a stout defense that has allowed only 39 points all season and they have the ability to score in a variety of ways. Last week, Sycamore quarterback McConkey threw for a touchdown and ran for three, Gavin Crofoot returned a punt for a score and De’Shaun Harris returned an interception for a TD.

FND pick: Sycamore

Erie-Prophetstown (2-5, 1-3 TRC Mississippi) at St. Bede (0-7, 0-5 TRC Mississippi)

When is kickoff: 7 p.m. Friday

Last matchup: E-P beat St. Bede 17-16 on a last second field goal last season

About the Panthers: E-P has lost its last four games, scoring just 23 points during the skid after scoring 80 through the first three weeks. Quarterback Eric Robinson completed 7-of-18 passes for 98 yards against unbeaten Morrison last week.

About the Bruins: Quarterback Braden Damerell leads the Bruin offense as he has thrown for 845 yards and three touchdowns while rushing for 199 yards and five TDs. The Bruins, who have allowed 41 points or more four times, give up 33.7 points per game.

FND pick: Erie-Prophetstown

Fulton (5-2) at Hall (5-2)

When is kickoff: 7 p.m. Friday

Last matchup: The Steamers defeated Hall 41-8 in 2016

About the Steamers: Fulton, which is looking for win No. 6 to wrap up its fourth consecutive playoff appearance, has won three games in a row. The Steamers, who outgained Riverdale 374-241 last week, average 28.6 points while allowing 23 points per contest.

About the Red Devils: After being shut out and limited to three rushing yards in Week 6 against Princeton, Hall got back on track with 35 points and 362 rushing yards last week. Hall’s defense pitched its first shutout of the season last week after giving up 41 points the week prior against Princeton. The Red Devils are looking for win No. 6 to guarantee their third straight playoff berth.

FND pick: Hall

Mendota (0-7, 0-7 BNC) at Rock Falls (1-6, 1-6 BNC)

When is kickoff: 7 p.m. Friday

Last matchup: Rock Falls beat Mendota 34-6 last year for the Rockets’ lone win of the season

About the Trojans: Cody Jenner has scored three of Mendota’s five touchdowns this season. The Trojans, who have lost 20 games in a row, have been outscored 314-32.

About the Rockets: Rock Falls has lost five games in a row since beating Dixon 35-13. The Rockets have been outscored 267-68. Noah Schueler ran for more than 100 yards and a touchdown last week, while Evan Laws threw a 15-yard TD pass.

FND pick: Rock Falls

Eureka (6-1, 2-1 HOIC Large) at Fieldcrest (7-0, 3-0 HOIC Large)

When is kickoff: 7 p.m. Friday

Last matchup: Eureka beat Fieldcrest 24-14 last year

About the Hornets: Dual-threat quarterback Matt Martin has thrown for 1,170 yards and 14 touchdowns and run for 488 yards and seven scores for a Hornet offense that has averaged 45 points per game over the last three weeks. Eureka gave up 35 points in its loss to Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley and just 27 points in the other six games.

About the Knights: Class 2A’s No. 1-ranked team have one of the best defenses in the state, having allowed just 34 points on the and no more than eight in any one game. Offensively, the Knights are balanced as they average 195 rushing yards and 186.6 passing yards per game.

FND pick: Fieldcrest