Galesburg (2-6) at Sterling (8-0)

When: 7 p.m. Friday

Where: Roscoe Eades Stadium, 1609 Fourth Ave.

Last matchup: 1996 Week 2 – Sterling 24, Galesburg 0

About Sterling: The Golden Warriors have wrapped up a share of the WB6 title in their first season in the league, and a Week 9 win at home would secure their 5th straight outright conference title, after winning the final 4 in the NIB-12 West. Sterling has scored more points (341) and allowed fewer points (126) than any other team in the league.

About Galesburg: The Silver Streaks’ lone WB6 win is a 36-34 nail-biter over United Township in Week 7, and they’ve given up at least 21 points in 7 of their 8 games. On the season, Galesburg has been outscored 193-147.

FND pick: Sterling

Byron (7-1) at Dixon (5-3)

When: 7 p.m. Friday

Where: A.C. Bowers Field, 300 Lincoln Statue Dr.

Last matchup: 2018 Week 9 – Byron 55, Dixon 21

About Dixon: The Dukes have won 5 of their last 6 games to turn things around from an 0-2 start and become eligible for the playoffs. Their 47-0 win over Winnebago last week was their second shutout in 4 weeks, and they have allowed only 40 points in their 5 wins. On the season, Dixon has outscored opponents 255-147.

About Byron: The Tigers have been on a roll since their Week 2 loss to Stillman Valley, having won their last six games by an average of 46.3-6.5; they’ve scored at least 41 points in all 6 games, and have given up more than 7 just once. Byron put itself in the mix for a share of the BNC title with a win over Genoa-Kingston last week; if Byron wins and GK beats Stillman on Friday, those 3 teams would share the crown.

FND pick: Byron

Rockford Lutheran (3-5) at Rock Falls (1-7)

When: 7 p.m. Friday

Where: Hinders Field, 500 15th Ave.

Last matchup: 2018 Week 9 – Lutheran 36, Rock Falls 20

About Rock Falls: The Rockets suffered their sixth straight loss last week, and they’ve been outscored by an average of 40-9 in that stretch. Rock Falls has allowed the second-most points in the BNC this year (293), and scored the second-fewest (89); last week’s 26-21 loss to Mendota was only the second game the Rockets have scored more than 12 points.

About Lutheran: The Crusaders have dropped 4 straight since starting 3-1, and they’ve been outscored 145-28 in those 4 games (an average of 36.3-7). After scoring more than 40 points in 2 of the first 3 games, Lutheran hasn’t reached that mark since. On the season, the Crusaders have been outscored 220-153.

FND pick: Lutheran

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

When: 7 p.m. Friday

Where: 2300 W. Main St.

Last matchup: 2018 Week 9 – Oregon 32, Mendota 0

About Oregon: The Hawks have given up at least 35 points in every game this season except their 14-8 win over Rock Falls in Week 6, and they’ve scored more than 15 points just once. The 292 points Oregon has given up us the third-most in the BNC, while the 90 points scored are the third-fewest.

About Mendota: The Trojans come in off their first win of the season, and they scored nearly half of their points on the season in a 26-21 win over Rock Falls. Mendota’s 58 points scored is by far the fewest in the BNC, and its 335 points allowed is by far the most.

FND pick: Oregon

Fulton (5-3) at Newman (7-1)

When: Noon Saturday

Where: Roscoe Eades Stadium, 1609 Fourth Ave.

Last matchup: 2018 Week 8 – Newman 47, Fulton 12

About Newman: The Comets have won 3 straight since their lone loss to Morrison, and haven’t given up more than 7 points in any of those games. Newman has outscored its opponents 198-98 on the season, and has scored at least 20 points in 6 of its 8 games. The Comets will be in the playoffs for the 19th straight year.

About Fulton: The Steamers are coming off their first loss in a month, a heartbreaking 33-32 loss to Hall. That marked only the second time Fulton has allowed more than 30 points in a game, and the sixth time it has scored at least 28. The Steamers hold a 232-194 scoring edge on the season, and are eligible for the playoff for the 4th straight year.

FND pick: Newman

Orion (5-3) at Morrison (8-0)

When: 7 p.m. Friday

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

Last matchup: 2018 Week 7 – Orion 49, Morrison 13

About Morrison: The Mustangs have been dominant all season, scoring at least 24 points in 6 games and allowing no more than 13; they’ve pitched three shutouts, and given up a lone score – TD or field goal – in 4 others. Morrison has scored more points (248) and allowed fewer points (35) than any team in the TRAC Rock.

About Orion: The Chargers snapped a 2-game losing streak with a 55-0 win over Bureau Valley last week, and became playoff eligible in the process. It was their season-high point total, and it was the sixth time they scored more than 19 points in a game. On the season, Orion has outscored its opponents 194-147 this season.

FND pick: Morrison

Riverdale (3-5) at Bureau Valley (0-8)

When: 7 p.m. Friday

Where: 9154 County Rd. 2125, Manlius

Last matchup: 2018 Week 5 – BV 49, Riverdale 14

About BV: The Storm have struggled on both sides of the ball; their 338 points allowed is 100 more than their nearest competitor, and their 66 points scored are 71 fewer than the next closest team. BV has been shut out twice in the last 3 weeks, and has scored more than 14 just once.

About Riverdale: The Rams have scored less than any other team in the TRAC Rock besides BV, with 137 points on the season, but their 188 points allowed is fourth-fewest in the league. Riverdale has lost 2 straight since winning 3 of 5 games from Week 2-6, with just 19 points in those games.

FND pick: Riverdale

Princeton (7-1) at Erie-Prophetstown (2-6)

When: 7 p.m. Friday

Where: 310 Riverside Dr., Prophetstown

Last matchup: 2018 Week 6 – Princeton 43, EP 0

About EP: The Panthers are on a 5-game losing streak, having been outscored 132-46 in that stretch; they’ve allowed at least 21 points in all 5 games, and have scored that many just once. On the season, EP has been outscored 188-126.

About Princeton: The Tigers are looking to clinch the TRAC Mississippi title outright, and have seized control of the division by scoring the most points (340) and allowing the fewest (73) of any other team this season. Since a Week 2 loss to Newman, Princeton has scored at least 41 points in all 6 games, and has given up more than 7 just twice, with a pair of shutouts as well.

FND pick: Princeton

Amboy-LaMoille (1-7) at AFC (0-8)

When: 7 p.m. Friday

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

Last matchup: N/A (haven’t met since 1996)

About Amboy: The Clippers come in off their first win of the season, a dominating performance on both sides of the ball against Milledgeville. It was only the second time all year they’d scored more than 7 points, and it was the first time they’d given up less than 27. On the year, Amboy-LaMoille has given up the most points in the NUIC South (324), and scored the third-fewest (82).

About AFC: The Raiders have scored less than any team in the division (50), and have allowed the second-most points (291). They’ve scored more than 8 points just twice, and were shut out for the third time this season last week by EPC.

FND pick: Amboy-LaMoille

Orangeville (5-3) at Milledgeville (1-7)

When: 7 p.m. Friday

Where: Floyd Daub Field, 100 E. 8th St.

Last matchup: 2018 Week 5 – Milledgeville 20, Orangeville 14

About Milledgeville: The Missiles’ 64 points are the second-fewest in the NUIC South this season, and the 203 they’ve allowed are the third-most. Milledgeville’s lone win came in Week 6, and it has been outscored 47-8 in the 2 games since. The Missiles have not scored more than 14 points in a game all season.

About Orangeville: The Broncos have won 2 in a row since a losing twice in 3 games in Weeks 4-6, but have won their last 2 games by a total of 11 points. A win would clinch a playoff spot for Orangeville, which has secured at least a tie for second place in the NUIC North despite being outscored 150-137 on the season.

FND pick: Orangeville

Eastland-Pearl City (4-4) at Forreston (6-2)

When: 7 p.m. Friday

Where: 601 E. Main St.

Last matchup: 2018 Week 4 – EPC 34, Forreston 8

About EPC: The Wildcatz are looking for two big things this week: a fifth win to become playoff eligible, and a chance to tie for the NUIC South crown should they win and Aquin lose. EPC has won two in a row after losing two in a row, and has given up a total of just 6 points in the last 2 games. For the season, the ‘Catz hold a 166-145 scoring edge.

About Forreston: The Cardinals come in having lost consecutive games for the first time since Week 9 and the first round of the playoffs in 2013, but can still share the NUIC South title with a win and an Aquin loss. Forreston has scored 306 points this season while giving up 162, having scored at least 30 points in 7 games – but the Cards have allowed 36 or more points in each of their last 3 games.

FND pick: Forreston

West Carroll (5-3) at Aquin (8-0)

When: 7 p.m. Friday

Where: 1419 S. Galena Ave., Freeport

Last matchup: 2005 Week 5 – Aquin 56, West Carroll 50

About WC: The Thunder are playoff eligible for the third time in 5 years, but are looking to avoid closing out the regular season with consecutive losses. West Carroll holds a 184-109 scoring edge this season, having scored at least 22 points in 6 games and having allowed more than 12 just three times; those 109 points allowed are fewest in the division.

About Aquin: The Bulldogs come in off a 36-30 win over Forreston that secured at least a share of the NUIC South crown, and have scored more points (319) than any team in the division, while allowing 154. Aquin has scored at least 28 points every week, and has scored 40 or more four times.

FND pick: Aquin

Polo (8-0) at Pawnee (6-2)

When: 2 p.m. Saturday

Where: 810 4th St.

Last matchup: First meeting

About Polo: The Marcos have rolled in every game this season, racking up a 349-56 scoring edge – including a 1-0 forfeit win in Week 2 – for an average game score of about 50-8 in their seven games played. Polo has two shutouts, and has given up more than 8 points in a game just three times; it hasn’t given up more than 14 in any game.

About Pawnee: The Indians have outscored their opponents 342-216, with only unbeatens Milford and Polo scoring more this season. A loss to Milford in Week 7 snapped a 4-game win streak, but Pawnee bounced back with a 42-0 win over Illinois School for the Deaf last week.

FND pick: Polo