Newman (2-1) at St. Bede (2-1)
When: 7 p.m. Friday
Last matchup: Newman 35, St. Bede 6 (spring 2021)
About the Comets: Week 3′s 27-13 win over Orion saw the Comets enjoy a stretch where they started four of five possessions in Chargers’ territory, aided by an Orion fumble, a short Orion punt and a long Owen McBride kick return. Newman scored on two of those possessions. … Newman’s defense allowed negative-2 yards of total offense in the third quarter of their Week 3 game. .... Newman had two 100-yard rushers Week 3, both getting long touchdown runs. Gabe Padilla had a 95-yard score in the fourth quarter and Nolan Britt had a 92-yard run in the first quarter. Newman has now had a touchdown run of 50 or more yards in each game this season, with Marcus Williams scoring from 51 and 55 yards out Week 1 and from 52 yards Week 2.
About the Bruins: After allowing 13 points through the first two games, the Bruins gave up 57 as they suffered their first loss in Week 3 against Kewanee. … St. Bede has been balanced offensively, averaging 169.3 rushing yards and 157.7 passing yards a game. … Tyreke Fortney has racked up 572 total yards and eight touchdowns – four rushing and four receiving. … John Brady leads the area in passing with 473 yards. He’s completed 25 of 49 passes and thrown four TDs to four interceptions. … The Bruins have lost four straight against the Comets. St. Bede’s last win against Newman was a 20-18 victory on Sept. 17, 2011.
FND pick: Newman
Morrison (0-3) at Hall (0-3)
Kickoff: 7 p.m. Friday
Last matchup: Hall 41, Morrison 0 (2018)
About the Mustangs: After scoring six points in Week 1 and six more in Week 2, the Mustangs offense came alive in Week 3, scoring 28 points in a loss to Monmouth-Roseville. Alex Anderson, Danny Mouw and Carson Strating each had rushing scores and Anderson totaled 124 rushing yards. Anderson has scored a touchdown in every game this season; a 53-yarder against Newman, a 2-yarder against Kewanee and from 56 against Monmouth-Roseville. .... Morrison has allowed 56 points in the second quarters of games this year and 49 points in the other three quarters combined. .... Mouw, in his first year as a starting quarterback, threw his first touchdown pass against Monmouth-Roseville.
About the Red Devils: Hall struggled in Week 3 in a 49-20 loss to rival Princeton as the Red Devils trailed 49-0 at halftime. … The Red Devils fumbled the opening kickoff against the Tigers and Princeton scored five plays later. … Mac Resetich scored on an 18-yard run and an 80-yard punt return in the second half against Princeton. … Caleb Savitch has rushed for 286 yards this season, while Dominic Guerrini has 186 yards and three TDs and Resetich has run for 162 yards and a pair of TDs. … The Red Devils are allowing 38.3 points a game and have allowed 40 or more in each of the last two weeks.
FND pick: Morrison
Mendota (3-0) at Princeton (3-0)
When: 7 p.m. Friday
Last matchup: Mendota 48, Princeton 12 (2011)
About the Trojans: Mendota is 3-0 for the first time since 2011 when the Trojans were members of the West Central Conference along with the Tigers. … Mendota has relied heavily on the run this season, averaging 250 yards a game on the ground. Uzi Angulo has led the way with 324 yards and five touchdowns. Damien Magallanes has racked up 255 total yards and scored two TDs. … The Trojans turned to the passing game more in their 42-22 win over Bureau Valley in Week 3 as Ted Landgraf threw for 179 yards and three TDs. … Mendota has allowed 172.7 rushing yards, 42.7 passing yards and 18.7 points a game. … Emilio Perez has made field goals in each of Mendota’s three games. He caught a 43-yard TD pass in Week 3.
About the Tigers: Princeton is 21-2 in its last 23 regular season games, scoring 40 points or more 17 times during that stretch. … The Tigers have lost their last six games against Mendota from 2006-11. Princeton’s last win against the Trojans was a 35-0 victory in 2005. … The Tigers rolled to a 49-0 halftime lead en route to a 49-20 victory over rival Hall in Week 3. … QB Teegan Davis is second in the area in rushing yards with 359 and leads the area with seven rushing touchdowns. He’s also thrown for 435 yards and four scores. … Carson Etheridge leads the PHS defense as he’s made 36 tackles and recorded three tackles for loss. … The Tigers have forced nine turnovers this season while committing three.
FND pick: Princeton
Kewanee (3-0) at Bureau Valley (2-1)
When: 7 p.m. Friday
Last matchup: Bureau Valley 43, Kewanee 6 (2014)
About the Boilermakers: Kewanee is 3-0 for the first time since 2003 with wins over Monmouth-Roseville (42-8), Morrison (28-6) and St. Bede (51-27). … QB Will Bruno completed 9 of 13 passes for 179 yards and three touchdowns while running for a 2-yard score against St. Bede. … Niko Powe caught four passes for 66 yards and a pair of TDs last week, while Jordan Johnson grabbed five passes for 113 yards and a score. … The Boilermakers intercepted three passes in Week 3 with Brady Clark returning one 37 yards for a TD. … Keyontiss Patterson returned a kickoff 80 yards for a score and ran for a 17-yard TD.
About the Storm: Bureau Valley suffered its first loss last week, falling 42-22 to Mendota. … Bureau Valley has relied heavily on its running game, averaging 255.7 rushing yards to 36.3 passing yards a game. Jaden Michlig has run for 266 yards and three touchdowns, Layton Britt has racked up 254 yards and three TDs, Levi Hardy has rushed for 191 yards and five scores and QB Adam Johnson has added 108 yards and four TDs on the ground. … BV allowed 42 points and 426 yards last week after giving up 19 points and 280 yards combined through the first two games.
FND pick: Kewanee
Eureka (2-1) at Fieldcrest (0-3)
When: 7 p.m. Friday
Last matchup: Fieldcrest 16, Eureka 14
About the Hornets: Eureka has scored more than 40 points in each of its two wins. The Hornets beat Roxana, 49-20, in Week 1 and Heyworth 42-0 last week. … QB Jacob Morin threw for a touchdown and ran for a 47-yard score as the Hornets built a 21-0 lead after one quarter in Week 3. He also tossed a 51-yard TD in the third quarter. … RB Mason Boles ran for touchdowns of 8, 10 and 58 yards against Heyworth.
About the Knights: Fieldcrest is looking to avoid its first 0-4 start since the Knights lost their first five games of the 2010 season. … The Knights have won the past two meetings with the Hornets by a combined six points. … Sophomore QB Koltin Kearfott threw for 386 yards and four touchdowns in Fieldcrest’s 51-40 loss in Week 3. … Junior receiver Landon Modro caught 13 passes for 247 yards and a TD. … Fieldcrest is allowing 44.3 points a game and have surrendered more than 50 points twice.
FND pick: Eureka
West Central (3-0) at Amboy-LaMoille (1-2)
When: 7 p.m. Friday
Last matchup: First meeting
About the Heat: West Central has not lost a game since switching to eight-man football last season. … The Heat are tied for No. 1 in the www.nuicfootball.com eight-man poll. … The Heat are averaging 48.7 points a game this fall. … West Central beat Bushnell-Prairie City 38-0 last week, shutting out a team that averaged 54 points in its first two games. … Devin Shaw ran for 129 yards and three touchdowns on 17 carries in Week 3. … Colton Fletcher stepped in at QB for the injured Mason Carnes, completing 3 of 5 passes for 33 yards and running for a 56-yard TD.
About the Clippers: Amboy has hung in with two of the top eight-man teams in the state the past two weeks, losing 24-12 to No. 6 Milledgeville in Week 2 and 36-28 to No. 3 Polo last week. The Clippers received votes in the latest poll. … QB Tucker Lindenmeyer has rushed for 282 yards and four touchdowns and passed for 101 yards and three scores. … The Clippers are allowing 162 rushing yards, 83.7 passing yards and 20 points a game.
FND pick: West Central