La Salle-Peru (5-3, 4-2) at Kaneland (6-2, 4-2)

When is kickoff: 7 p.m. Friday

Last matchup: Kaneland beat L-P 31-12 in 2015

About the Cavaliers: L-P has struggled without quarterback Tyler Hartman as the Cavs have been shut out back-to-back weeks. Hartman, who was injured early in L-P’s 13-0 loss to Morris and missed last week’s 45-0 loss to Sycamore, is expected to return. L-P’s defense looks to get back on track after allowing more points last week than the previous five games combined.

About the Knights: The Knights are looking to bounce back from a 35-30 loss to Morris last week. Wilson Giffney led the Knights in tackles for a fourth straight week, getting 11 of them. Joe Smith leads the offense with 1,346 passing yards, five interceptions and 15 touchdowns.
FND pick: Kaneland

Rockridge (3-5) at St. Bede (1-7)

When is kickoff: 7 p.m. Friday

Last matchup: Rockridge defeated St. Bede 44-16 last fall

About the Rockets: Rockridge’s loss last week will keep the Rockets out of the postseason for the first time since 2009. Niko Zarlatanes and Cole Rusk each scored touchdowns last week for the Rockets, who trailed Morrison 27-0 before losing 27-13.

About the Bruins: St. Bede had its highest offensive output of the season last week in its first victory. Tyreke Fortney led the way with 62 rushing yards and a touchdown, 36 receiving yards and a TD and 28 passing yards. Defensively, the Bruins have allowed 21.5 points per game over the last two weeks after giving up 36 per contest through the first six weeks.

FND pick: Rockridge

Hall (6-2, 4-1 TRC Mississippi) at Kewanee (5-3, 4-1 TRC Mississippi)

When is kickoff: 1 p.m. Saturday

Last matchup: Hall beat Kewanee 68-13 last season

About the Red Devils: The Red Devils locked up a postseason berth last week and will start getting into playoff mode with a Saturday game to end the regular season. Hall’s rushing attack has been strong the last two weeks, averaging 375 yards per game on the ground.

About the Boilermakers: Kewanee, which is playoff eligible under first-year coach Brad Swanson after missing out last season with a 2-7 record, has won four of its last five games. The Boilermakers have the ability to run or pass. Last week, Tavian Taylor ran for a 48-yard touchdown, while quarterback Will Bruno tossed two TD passes.

FND pick: Hall

Oregon (1-7, 1-7) at Mendota (1-7, 1-7)

When is kickoff: 7 p.m. Friday

Last matchup: Oregon blanked Mendota 32-0 last year

About the Hawks: Oregon quarterback Ryker Finch is a dual threat, running for 207 yards and two touchdowns last week while throwing for 100 yards. The Hawks allow 36.5 points per game.

About the Trojans: Mendota had its best offensive output of the season last week in snapping a 20-game losing streak. The Trojans scored 26 points after managing just 32 in the previous seven games. Cody Jenner led the way with 121 rushing yards and two scores. Defensively, Mendota allowed only 21 points last week after giving up 49.2 points per game over the previous six weeks.

FND pick: Mendota

Fieldcrest (8-0, 4-0 HOIC) at El Paso-Gridley (2-6, 0-4 HOIC)

When is kickoff: 7 p.m. Friday

About the Knights: Fieldcrest’s dominant defense has allowed only 51 points this season, and if the Knights give up six points or less they’ll set a school record. Offensively, the Knights are balanced with running back Kenton Castrejon (1,007 yards, 17 touchdowns) and quarterback Matt Lorton (1,134 yards, 11 TDs) leading the way.

About the Titans: El Paso-Gridley has lost its last three games and has been shut out twice in that span. Last week, the Titans were held to negative-57 offensive yards while allowing 329 yards.

FND pick: Fieldcrest