Minonk Fieldcrest (12-0) at Newman (11-1)
When: 1 p.m. Saturday
Where: Roscoe Eades Stadium, 1609 Fourth Ave., Sterling
Last matchup: 2013 2A playoffs, first round – Newman 41, Fieldcrest 0
About Newman: The Comets will face an undefeated team for the second straight week; they ended Knoxvile’s unbeaten run last week with a 28-0 win in the quarterfinals. Newman has outscored its opponents 300-125 this season, an average of 25.0-10.4 per game; that has increased to 25.7-6.3 during the playoffs, having given up just 19 points in the postseason. Andrew Velasquez leads the Comets with 873 rushing yards to go with 5 TDs, while Connor McBride (730 yards, 9 TDs) and Kye O’Brien (644 yards, 12 TDs) are right behind him. Jake Ackman is 49-for-86 passing for 824 yards and 9 TDs, with 6 INTs; Andrew Wilson (19 catches, 298 yards, 5 TDs) and McBride (16-313, 5 TDs) are his favorite targets.
About Fieldcrest: The Knights will face their second straight set of Comets, after taking out Clifton Central 37-19 last week. Fieldcrest has a 408-99 scoring edge this season, and has scored at least 34 points in eight of its 12 games. Balance is the name of the game for the Knights: Kenton Castrejon has run for 1,531 yards and 24 TDs, with seven 100-yard games this season, while QBs Matt Lorton (98-for-174, 1,305 yards, 13 TDs, 6 INTs) and Cory Land (38-for-73, 528 yards, 7 TDs, 6 INTs, 260 rushing yards) split time under center. Jaxon Cusac-McKay (53 catches, 745 yards, 10 TDs; 335 yards rushing, 5 TDs) and Tisen Covington (36 catches, 424 yards, 5 TDs) are the top targets.
FND pick: Newman
Polo (11-0) vs. Milford/Cissna Park (11-0)
When: 7 p.m. Friday
Where: Bobby Woll Field at April Zorn Stadium, Monmouth College, N. 6th St., Monmouth
Last matchup: First meeting
About Polo: The Marcos have given up just 98 points all season (an average of 9.8 per game) while scoring 508 (plus 1 more point awarded in a forfeit win over Illinois School for the Deaf in Week 2). They’ve scored 44 or more 9 times, and 50 or more 6 times, including 50-16 & 64-20 wins in the playoffs. Jace Coffey has run for 1,099 yards and 15 TDs, while Alex Davies (747 yards, 14 TDs) and Jesse Powell (408 yards, 6 TDs) also man the backfield. QB Tucker Mumford has run for 794 yards and 18 TDs, and has also completed 17 of 35 passes for 317 yards and 7 TDs, with 2 INTs. Scott Prerost (8 catches, 49 yards, 3 TDs), Joey Bardell (6 catches, 61 yards, TD) and Coffey (4 catches, 200 yards, 3 TDs) have accounted for all of the team’s receptions.
About Milford: The Bearcats have been dominant all season, racking up 652 points in 11 games while allowing 224 – an average margin of 59.3-20.4 per game. MCP has scored 40 or more points in every game, have 50 or more in 9 of 11 games, and have scored 60 points 6 times, including 62 in each of their two playoff wins. QB Penn Stoller has run for 1,419 yards and 25 TDs – he averages 13,6 yards per carry – and has also completed 44 of 74 passes for 1,466 yards & 26 TDs, with just 2 INTs. RB Angel Salinas has also run for 1,000 yards (1,036 yards, 13 TDs), while receivers Keegan Boyle (15 catches, 628 yards, 10 TDs) and Nick Allen (16 catches, 435 yards, 9 TDs) are dangerous threats downfield.
FND pick: Polo