Newman (10-1) at Knoxville (11-0)

When: 1 p.m. Saturday

Where: Dennis Larson Field, Gilson St.

Last matchup: First meeting

About Newman: The Comets’ two playoff wins this season match what they’ve done all year: score in the 20s and allow two or fewer scores form their opponents. Other than the 50-point outburst against Bureau Valley, and an 18-6 loss to against Morrison and a 14-7 win over Riverdale, Newman has scored between 20 and 28 points in its other eight games. After a pair of close wins in Weeks 2 & 3 over Princeton (25-21) and Kewanee (27-26), the Comets have given up more than eight points just twice. Newman is 5-0 on the road this year, and has outscored opponents 272-125, an average of 24.7-11.4 per game.

About Knoxville: The Blue Bullets won the Prairieland Black title in dominating fashion, scoring at least 44 points in all four of their conference games and pitching three shutouts; they outscored their league foes 193-8. On the season, Knoxville has scored fewer than 34 points just twice – in a 22-6 Week 1 win over Mercer County and a 20-14 win over Watseka last weekend in the second round of the playoffs. The Blue Bullets have given up multiple scores only four times – but all four have come in the last 5 weeks, including each of the last 3 weeks. On the season, they’re still outscoring opponents 473-84, an average of 43-7.6 per game.

FND pick: Newman

Morrison (11-0) at Annawan-Wethersfield (11-0)

When: 1 p.m. Saturday

Where: Wethersfield Memorial Stadium, 439 Willard St., Kewanee

Last matchup: First meeting

About Morrison: The Mustangs continued their domination in a second-round win over Kirkland Hiawatha last weekend, allowing two scores for just the second time all season; the 44-point outburst was the ninth time in 11 games they’ve scored 24 or more this season. Morrison will be hitting the road for the first time since Week 8, but that doesn’t seem to faze the Mustangs: they’ve allowed just 29 points away from Bud Cole Field all year, while scoring 128. They held a 162-28 scoring edge in their six TRAC Rock games this fall, and have outscored opponents 385-59 on the year – an average of 35-5.4 per game.

About Annawan-Wethersfield: The Titans swept through the Lincoln Trail Conference fairly easily, giving up just 32 points in seven games (with four shutouts) – while scoring 274 points. Last weekend’s 30-26 road win over defending 1A champion Forreston was the most points Annawan-Wethersfield has allowed all season, and it also marked only the third time all fall that it had scored fewer than 32 points. In nonconference play – the first 2 weeks of the season and the last 2 weeks in the playoffs – the Titans have a 166-73 scoring edge. On the season, they’ve outscored opponents 440-105, an average of 40-9.5 per game.

FND pick: Morrison

River Ridge (8-3) at Polo (10-0)

When: 7 p.m. Friday

Where: 100 S. Union Ave.

Last matchup: Week 8 – Polo 34, River Ridge 8

About Polo: The Marcos have won 6 out of their last 7 games against River Ridge; the lone loss was a 6-0 defeat in Week 6 last season when the two were NUIC Upstate rivals in 11-man football. While the Wildcats have put up 48 points and 42 points in their two playoff wins, Polo scored 50 in the first half against Lowpoint-Washburn last weekend. The Marcos have four rushers over 400 yards; those four have also accounted for 45 touchdowns, and QB Tucker Mumford – one of those four rushers – has also thrown for 221 yards and 6 TDs. Polo has scored at least 44 points in eight of its nine competed games, and has outscored opponents 444-78 this season, an average of 49.3-8.7 per game.

About River Ridge: The Wildcats get another crack at Polo, which handed them their first loss since Week 2 in their Week 8 meeting in Polo, and their first against an Illinois opponent; they lost to Iowa team Winfield-Mt. Union 76-46 in Week 2 – Winfield-Mt. Union’s only win of the season. River Ridge’s other loss came in Week 9 to Milford/Cissna Park, another 8-man semifinalist. On the season, the Wildcats have outscored opponents 472-282; they’re one of only two teams to score more points than Polo this season (River Ridge has played two more games).

FND pick: Polo