Downers Grove North's Joshua Lumpkin (20) carries the ball during a home game against Lyons Township on Oct. 18.
Downers Grove North's Joshua Lumpkin (20) carries the ball during a home game against Lyons Township on Oct. 18. — Sandy Bressner - sbressner@shawmedia.com

Downers Grove North (4-4) at Downers Grove South (5-3)

When: 7:30 p.m. Friday.

Last matchup: Downers Grove North beat Downers Grove South 10-0 last year.

About Downers Grove North: For the second straight season, the Trojans go into Week 9 needing a win to reach the playoffs. Last year, they lost to York 14-7. Downers Grove North put itself in a tight spot with a surprising 19-14 loss in Week 8 to Lyons. Josh Lumpkin and Drew Cassens both went over 100 yards in defeat. The Trojans have won the last four crosstown meetings.

About Downers Grove South: The Mustangs have already clinched their first playoff appearance since 2014; now they can sink their crosstown rivals' postseason shot. Sophomore Eli Reed has emerged as a big-play threat and complement to Jayden Lambert with two touchdowns in four separate games. The Mustangs have allowed just nine points combined during a three-game winning streak, albeit against opponents with a combined 6-18 record.

Friday Night Drive pick: Downers Grove North.

Lyons (4-4, 2-3) at Hinsdale Central (7-1, 4-1)

When: 7:30 p.m. Friday.

Last matchup: Hinsdale Central beat Lyons 49-6 last year in LaGrange.

About Lyons The Lions, 1-8 last year, are now a win away from a playoff bid – albeit, with a huge obstacle in the Red Devils. First-year coach Lyons coach Dan Hartman, coach in Hinsdale for five years, meets his former team for the first time. Sophomore quarterback Joey Antonietti, whose shared time this year, had a breakout game at Downers Grove North with 172 yards and three TDs. Chris Clarke does a little bit of everything for the Lions.

About Hinsdale Central: The Red Devils likely lost out on a West Suburban Silver title with last week's 20-17 overtime loss at Glenbard West – but Hinsdale impressed in defeat. Michael Breschia threw for 253 yards and two TDs and Braden Contreras caught 10 passes for 96 yards. The Red Devils have dominated this series of late, winners five straight years. Hinsdale likely clinches a home first-round playoff game with a win.

FND pick: Hinsdale Central.

Nazareth (8-0) at Benet (6-2)

When: 11 a.m. Saturday

Last matchup: Nazareth beat Benet 45-7 last year in Lisle.

About Nazareth: The Roadrunners joined the unbeaten ranks, as Cardinal Ritter had to forfeit their Week 1 win for playing an ineligible player. Nazareth also comes in off its most impressive win of the season, 21-0 at Notre Dame. Breven Reifsteck's pick-six highlighted the defensive effort. Derrick Strongs Jr. ran for 106 yards and Tyler Morris caught six passes for 94 yards and a TD.

About Benet: The Redwings, who come in with back-to-back losses after a 6-0 start, look to get back on track before the playoffs. Benet's given up a combined 83 points to Loyola and Nazareth, so facing J.J. McCarthy and Co. probably isn't a welcome sight. Colin Gillespie is a do-all threat for Benet offensively.

FND pick: Nazareth.

Providence (6-2) at Montini (6-2)

When: 7:30 p.m. Friday

Last matchup: Montini beat Providence 27-3 last year in New Lenox.

About Providence: The Celtics come in off a thrilling 31-30 win over St. Laurence. Kevin Countryman had two interceptions, including a two-point conversion pass in the final minute, and blocked a field goal. Sophomore Aaron Vaughn ran for 99 yards and two TDs. Junior quarterback Kevin Conway returned from injury and scored on a 45-yard TD.

About Montini: Quarterback Deontay Bell made a big return from injury last week, with over 300 yards of total offense in a 42-0 win over DeLaSalle. Providence figures to provide a better barometer for the Broncos as they ready for another playoff run.

FND pick: Montini.

St. Charles North (4-4, 3-3) at Wheaton Warrenville South (5-3, 3-3)

When: 7:30 p.m. Friday

Last Matchup: St. Charles North beat WW South 21-10 in last year's Class 7A quarterfinals.

About St. Charles North: The North Stars must win to have a realistic chance at making the postseason. They could be without starting quarterback Kyler Brown; he missed last week due to injury. If that's the case, the Tigers will likely see a heavy dose of wildcat with Nick DeMarco.

About WW South: The Tigers are likely in the playoffs, but can clinch a spot with a win. Michigan State recruit Jack Olsen could be an X-factor with his ability to hit long field goals and likely force the North Stars deep into their own territory on kickoffs.

FND pick: St. Charles North

Wheaton North (4-4, 2-4) at Batavia (6-2, 5-1)

When: 7:30 p.m. Friday

Last Matchup: Batavia beat Wheaton North 24-13 last year in Wheaton.

About Wheaton North: The Falcons have won their last two games, and kept their playoff hopes alive with a surprising win over St. Charles East last week. Linebacker Xander Mueller, a Northwestern recruit, leads a defense that has allowed just 118 points, best in the DuKane Conference.

About Batavia: Batavia, last year's conference champ, can clinch at least a share of the DuKane title with a win. Art Taylor comes in off a huge game at St. Charles North. The Bulldogs expect to get Quinn Urwiler back soon after he missed last week's game with an undisclosed injury. Big tight ends Devin Cheaney and Drew Iutzwig are out two to four weeks, though.

FND pick: Batavia

Aurora Central Catholic (1-7, 0-5) at St. Francis (7-1, 5-0)

When: 7:15 p.m. Friday

Last Matchup: St. Francis beat Aurora Central Catholic 43-13 last year in Aurora.

About St. Francis: The big question is the health of starting quarterback Tommy Rittenhouse after he left last week's big win over IC Catholic Prep with an injury to his non-throwing hand. Rittenhouse had surgery on Wednesday and is expected to miss two weeks. With Rittenhouse out it's a chance for exposure for backup Michael Baffa before postseason play. Whoever is at quarterback, Ben Radel is sure to be busy offensively.

About Aurora Central Catholic: Defense has been a struggle this season, giving up 325 points to just 87 scored this season.

FND pick: St. Francis

Morton (1-7, 1-4) at Addison Trail (2-6, 2-3)

When: 7:15 p.m. Friday

Last Matchup: Morton beat Addison Trail 13-0 last year in Berwyn.

About Morton: The Mustangs got their first win Wednesday, by forfeit, as the IHSA ruled that Proviso East played an ineligible player in four games – including the Pirates' Week 6 win over Morton. It's been a struggle on the field for Morton, outscored 308-81, but this could be an opportunity to break through.

About Addison Trail: The Blazers, like Morton, added a win with Proviso East forfeiting its Week 3 game for using an ineligible player. Addison Trail is feeling good about its fortunes on the field, too, after a surprising 26-13 win over Hinsdale South last Friday.

FND pick: Addison Trail.

IC Catholic Prep (7-1, 4-1) at Riverside-Brookfield (6-2, 3-2)

When: 7:15 p.m. Friday

Last Matchup: IC Catholic beat Riverside-Brookfield 49-0 last year in Elmhurst.

About IC Catholic: The Knights figure to come into this one a bit ornery, after their 33-game winning streak was snapped last week at St. Francis. Kyle Franklin ran for 214 yards in defeat and is up to 898 yards and 17 TDs on the season. Kevin Cooke, who keys the Knights' defense, had quite a night at St. Francis with 28 tackles.

About Riverside-Brookfield: The Bulldogs are back in the playoffs for the fifth time in six seasons after last Friday's clinching 20-17 win over Wheaton Academy. Owen Murphy, a running threat and talented receiver, filled in at quarterback last week when Matt Torres went out with injury. Whoever is at quarterback, two-way starter Luke Gentile figures to be around the ball.

FND pick: IC Catholic.

Chicago Christian (5-3, 3-2) at Westmont (2-6, 1-4)

When: 7:15 p.m. Friday

Last Matchup: First known meeting.

About Chicago Christian: Chicago Christian, which reached the playoffs' second round last year, is likely in but can clinch a spot with a win here. The Knights, who lost to Elmwood Park 25-11 last week, have scored 196 points in their wins, just 17 in their losses.

About Westmont: The Sentinels just haven't quite been able to repeat the success of last year's 5-4 finish, but look to finish strong here. Westmont comes in off a 42-0 loss to St. Edward, the fifth opponent to top 30 points against the Sentinels.

FND pick: Chicago Christian.

Hinsdale South (3-5, 2-3) at Leyden (3-5, 3-2)

When: 7:30 p.m. Friday

Last Matchup: Hinsdale South beat Leyden 20-14 last year in Darien.

About Hinsdale South: It's been a deflating end of the season for the Hornets, a three-game losing streak causing them to miss the playoffs for just the second time since 2013. Offense has clearly been the culprit. Hinsdale South has scored just 27 points in its five losses, the latest 26-13 to previously winless Addison Trail.

About Leyden: Leyden got its third win Wednesday, Proviso East forced to forfeit its 25-20 Week 5 win for using an ineligible player. Leyden can match last year's win total with a victory here.

FND pick: Leyden.

Lemont (6-2, 4-1) at Bremen (6-2, 3-2)

When: 7 p.m. Friday

Last Matchup: Lemont beat Bremen 53-6 last year in Lemont.

About Lemont: The Indians likely lost a chance at a share of the South Suburban Blue title with last week's 32-26 loss to Hillcrest, but they need to reset their focus. A first-round home playoff game is likely on the line here. Anthony Sambucci, a Western Michigan recruit, continued to sparkle last week with eight catches for 83 yards and 32 yards rushing out of the Wildcat for an offense averaging just under 40 points per game.

About Bremen: The Braves, who had won just 13 games combined the past five years, are back in the playoffs for the first time since 2013. The offense, which has gone from a spread to a double wing this season, has scored 314 points, best in the South Suburban Blue. Senior fullback Taveon Porter is already over 1,300 yards on the season.

FND pick: Lemont.

West Chicago (1-7, 1-7) at Glenbard South (5-3, 5-3).

When: 7:30 p.m. Friday

Last Matchup: Glenbard South beat West Chicago 30-10 last year in West Chicago.

About Glenbard South: The Raiders look to rebounds from a disappointing 22-19 loss to Glenbard East, a game decided in the final seconds. A win here clinches Glenbard South's ninth straight playoff appearance. Trevor Burnett, who had a 70-yard TD and 111 yards rushing last week, is a man to watch for the Raiders.

About West Chicago: The Wildcats, 1-8 last year, finally got their first win last week – 20-8 over Streamwood. West Chicago has been outscored 354-83 in its seven losses.

FND pick: Glenbard South.

Glenbard West (8-0, 5-0) at Oak Park-River Forest (4-4, 3-2)

When: 7:30 p.m. Friday

Last Matchup: Oak Park-River Forest beat Glenbard West 10-7 last year in Glen Ellyn.

About Glenbard West: The Hilltoppers clinched at least a share of their 12th West Suburban Silver title in 13 years with a 20-17 overtime win over Hinsdale Central last week. Nic Seifert ran for 179 yards and three TDs, including the game-winner. Jalen Moore, who leads a deep backfield rotation, also went over 100 yards. Greyson Metz and Will Skowronski lead a fast, physical linebacking corps.`

About Oak Park-River Forest: The Huskies, who started the season 1-3, kept their playoff hopes alive by winning at York 35-28 last week. Quarterback Jaden McGill's 62-yard fourth-quarter TD run was the decisive score. The Huskies had some key players back from injury in the game. Oak Park-River Forest's win at Duchon Field last year was its first over Glenbard West since 2007.

FND pick: Glenbard West.

Larkin (1-7, 1-7) at Glenbard East (7-1, 7-1)

When: 7:30 p.m. Friday

Last Matchup: Glenbard East beat Larkin 42-14 last year in Elgin.

About Larkin: The Royals have dropped four straight games since their only win, against West Chicago. Larkin has scored just 101 points this season, fewest in the Upstate Eight.

About Glenbard East: The Rams can win a share of their second straight Upstate Eight Conference title with a win, after Bartlett knocked off previously unbeaten South Elgin last week. Glenbard East comes off a thrilling win over Glenbard South on Armoni Gilford's TD run in the final seconds. Deon Cook is one of the elite receivers in the area.

FND pick: Glenbard East.

Proviso East (2-6, 1-4) at Willowbrook (7-1, 0-5)

When: 7:30 p.m. Friday

Last Matchup: Willowbrook beat Proviso East 40-7 last year in Maywood.

About Proviso East: The Pirates looked to be making their first playoff appearance since 2008 – but have to forfeit four games for using an ineligible player in a ruling handed down by the IHSA Wednesday. It also removes the luster of this matchup, which would have been for a share of the the West Suburban Gold title. On the field Proviso East had won four straight games coming in. The last two, over Hinsdale South and Proviso West, were played without the ineligible player.

About Willowbrook: The Warriors have clinched their third straight outright West Suburban Gold title, by virtue of Proviso East's four forfeits. Willowbrook, up to No. 8 in the latest Class 7A rankings by AP, have rolled with seven straight wins since a season-opening loss to Providence. They've averaged 36 points in those games. Everett Stubblefield and Deandre Holliday are dynamic receivers, each averaging over 20 yards a catch.

FND pick: Willowbrook.

York (3-5, 2-3) at Proviso West (0-8,0-5)

When: 7:30 p.m. Friday

Last Matchup: York beat Proviso West 42-8 last year in Elmhurst.

About York: The Dukes, which started the season 3-1, have dropped out of playoff contention with four straight losses since. They can still post their second straight 4-5 season with a win. Luke Malaga had eight catches for 118 yards and a TD and Patrick Kastner 207 rushing yards and a TD in last week's 35-28 loss to Oak Park-River Forest.

About Proviso West: The Panthers have lost 10 straight games dating back to last season, and been outscored 339-76 this season.

FND pick: York.