January 20, 2022


Week 9 game previews: Northwest Herald

Fox Valley Conference

Crystal Lake South (5-3, 5-3 FVC) at Prairie Ridge (7-1, 7-1)

When: 7 p.m. Friday

Last matchup: Prairie Ridge 28, Crystal Lake South 21, Week 9 in 2018

About the Gators: South defeated Jacobs, 28-21, to qualify for the playoffs for the second consecutive year. … RB Des McCarthy has put together three 150-yard-plus rushing games and has 899 for the season, third in the area. … Sophomore QB Justin Kowalak has thrown for 1,223 yards, which is second in the area. … Freshman RB Nathan Van Witzenburg ran for 103 yards and a touchdown last week.

About the Wolves: Prairie Ridge moved up from No. 6 to No. 4 in The Associated Press Class 6A poll after beating Cary-Grove, 42-7. … The Wolves have allowed an FVC-low 69 points. … RB Taidhgin Trost has 14 touchdowns between rushing and receiving. His first seven catches of the season all went for touchdowns. … Prairie Ridge can tie for the FVC title with Huntley with a victory.

Friday Night Drive pick: Prairie Ridge

Crystal Lake Central (5-3, 5-3) at Jacobs (3-5, 3-5)

When: 7 p.m. Friday

Last matchup: Crystal Lake Central 64, Jacobs 60, Week 9 of 2018

About the Tigers: Central defeated McHenry, 42-21, last week with the help of a 21-point third quarter. … QB Aidan Ellinger has thrown for 1,149 yards (third in the area) and 13 touchdowns (first in the area). … The Tigers scored twice in the final 1:06 of last year's game to win in the second-highest-scoring game in FVC history. Prairie Ridge's 70-55 win over Dundee-Crown last season beat it by one point for combined total score.

About the Golden Eagles: Jacobs fell to Crystal Lake South, 28-21, for its fifth straight loss. This likely will be only the third time in coach Bill Mitz's 10 seasons the Eagles will not make the playoffs. … WR Max Stec has 34 receptions for 680 yards, both area highs. … QB Cole Bhardwaj has thrown for 1,099 yards, fourth in the area.

Friday Night Drive pick: Crystal Lake Central

Cary-Grove (6-2, 6-2) at Burlington Central (3-5, 3-5)

When: 7 p.m. Friday

Last matchup: This is the first meeting between the two teams.

About the Trojans: C-G fell from No. 4 to No. 8 in the Class 6A poll after its 42-7 loss to Prairie Ridge. … The Trojans' defense has allowed only 78 points through eight games. … FB Blake Skol has 833 rushing yards and 15 touchdowns.

About the Rockets: Burlington lost to Huntley, 64-13, last week. … The Rockets are in their first season in the FVC. … Sophomore RB Gavin Sarvis leads the team in rushing, although last week senior QB Jake Lenschow rushed for 96 and two touchdowns.

Friday Night Drive pick: Cary-Grove

Huntley (7-1, 7-1) at Dundee-Crown (0-8, 0-8)

When: 7 p.m. Friday

Last matchup: Huntley 55, Dundee-Crown 12, Week 9 of 2018

About the Red Raiders: Huntley can tie Prairie Ridge for the FVC title with a victory. The Red Raiders defeated Burlington Central, 64-13, last week. … QB Bruno Bosman leads the team with 775 yards rushing, and RB Ryder Havens has run for 570. … The Raiders' defense has allowed 79 points.

About the Chargers: D-C fell to Hampshire, 12-0, last week. … The Chargers have scored an FVC-low 44 points. … QB Evan Echlin has thrown for 667 yards. … RBs Shanquan Watson (186) and Davontae Harvey (159) lead D-C in rushing.

Friday Night Drive pick: Huntley

Hampshire (1-7, 1-7) at McHenry (3-5, 3-5)

When: 7 p.m. Friday

Last matchup: McHenry 28, Hampshire 0, Week 9 of 2018

About the Whip-Purs: Hampshire ended a 24-game losing streak with its 12-0 win over Dundee-Crown last week. … The win was Jake Brosman's first as a varsity head coach. … QB Jackson Milison has thrown for 550 yards and rushed for 189 for the Whips.

About the Warriors: McHenry likely was knocked out of the playoff picture with a 42-21 loss to Crystal Lake Central. … The Warriors are led by sophomore RB Brody Hallin with 520 yards rushing. … WR Adam Benton leads the Warriors with 12 receptions.

Friday Night Drive pick: McHenry

CCL/ESCC Purple Division

St. Patrick (2-6, 1-1) at Marian Central (4-4, 1-1)

When: 7:30 p.m. Friday

Last matchup: St. Patrick 17, Marian Central 14, Week 6 of 2018

About the Shamrocks: St. Patrick lost to Chicago Marist, 31-6, last week. … The Shamrocks' victories came against Chicago Leo, 33-0, and Carmel, 32-31. Marian beat Carmel, 28-14.

About the Hurricanes: Marian lost to defending Class 8A state champion Loyola, 52-0, last week. … The Hurricanes can reach the playoffs for the 10th time in 11 years with a victory. … Coincidentally, Marian needed to beat St. Patrick in the final week of the 2016 and 2017 seasons to get in, and it did. Marian reached the quarterfinals both years.

Friday Night Drive pick: Marian Central


Hoopeston Area co-op (0-8) at Harvard (3-5)

When: Noon Saturday

Last matchup: This is the first meeting between the two teams.

About the Cornjerkers: Hoopeston's closest game was a 36-14 loss to Westville in Week 6. … The Cornjerkers have been outscored, 347-58, for the season. … This likely is the first time these two schools have played in an athletic contest since the 1985 Class A Boys Basketball State Tournament, when the Thad Matta-led Cornjerkers beat the Hornets, 84-70, in the third-place game.

About the Hornets: Harvard likely is out of the playoffs but can double its win total from last season with a victory. The Hornets defeated Woodstock, 28-21, for their third win last week. … QB Damon Mueller is fifth among area rushers with 793 yards. He rushed for 209 last week.

Friday Night Drive pick: Harvard

Johnsburg (3-5) at East Alton-Wood River (4-4)

When: 7 p.m. Friday

Last matchup: This is the first meeting between the two teams.

About the Skyhawks: Johnsburg lost to Richmond-Burton, 37-14, last week which means the Skyhawks probably will not make the playoffs. … The Skyhawks scored 18 points through their first four games but have scored 94 in their past four games. … RB Jacob McKinney has 720 yards rushing, eighth on the area list.

About the Oilers: Wood River lost to Nokomis, 15-14, last week and now needs a win to become playoff-eligible. … The Oilers won their opener and have alternated wins and losses each week of the season.

Friday Night Drive pick: Johnsburg

Chicago Hope Academy (7-1) at Marengo (6-2)

When: 7 p.m. Friday

Last matchup: This is the first meeting between the two teams.

About the Eagles: Hope defeated Thornwood, 21-14, last week and is ranked No. 6 in Class 1A. … The Eagles' loss came to Sandwich, 15-14, in the season opener. … Hope defeated Woodstock, 41-14, in Week 3.

About the Indians: Marengo defeated Woodstock North, 28-21, last week behind three touchdowns from RB Finn Schirmer. … Schirmer leads the area with 1,091 yards rushing and has scored 18 touchdowns. … WR Cole Davis has 29 receptions and is second in area receiving yards with 455.

Friday Night Drive pick: Marengo

Quincy Notre Dame (6-2) at Richmond-Burton (8-0)

When: 7 p.m. Friday

Last matchup: This is the first meeting between the two teams.

About the Raiders: The Raiders defeated Alton Marquette, 48-14, last week. … QND's losses came against ranked opponents: Peoria Central is No. 10 in Class 6A (54-15 in Week 3) and Breese Mater Dei is No. 9 in Class 3A (43-20 in Week 6). … The Raiders beat Macomb, 40-14, a team that Harvard beat, 33-13.

About the Rockets: R-B beat Johnsburg, 37-14, last week and allowed points for only the third time this season. … R-B has given up 39 points and has five shutouts. … The Rockets are ranked No. 3 in Class 4A. … FB Dalton Wood has rushed for 1,014 yards (second in the area) and has an area-best 21 touchdowns. … QB Jacob Huber has completed 36 passes, 10 of those have gone for touchdowns.

Friday Night Drive pick: Richmond-Burton

Woodstock (1-7) at Woodstock North (4-4)

When: 7 p.m. Friday

Last matchup: Woodstock North 29, Woodstock 24, Week 3 of this season

About the Blue Streaks: Woodstock lost to Harvard, 28-21, last week. … QB Michael Purkey leads the area with 1,275 yards passing. … TE Nathan Archambeau is second in the area with 33 receptions and has five touchdowns. … WRs Ethan Zielinski and Javier Garay (26 receptions each) are tied for fifth in area receiving.

About the Thunder: North lost to Marengo, 28-21, last week and likely needs a win to reach the playoffs for the fourth consecutive season. … FB Andrew Pena has 658 yards rushing to lead the team, while QB Elijah Pena has 446 yards. … Andrew Pena left last week's game with an ankle injury, but Thunder coach Jeff Schroeder expected him to be back this week.

Friday Night Drive pick: Woodstock North

Eight-Man Football

Alden-Hebron (1-6) at Champaign Judah Christian (1-6)

When: 7 p.m. Friday

Last matchup: Alden-Hebron 46, Judah Christian 28, Week 1 of the Illinois 8-Man Football Association playoffs last season

About the Giants: A-H has suffered six consecutive losses since winning its season opener against Wisconsin School for the Deaf. … WR Mikey Ellison and RB Nick Rapa scored touchdowns for the Giants. … The Giants competed with eight players last week.

About Judah Christian: Judah got its only win against Illinois School for the Deaf in its third game of the season. … Judah lost to Milford co-op, 48-6, last week. Milford beat A-H, 50-6, on Sept. 27.

Friday Night Drive pick: Judah Christian