Northwest Herald area preview capsules for Week 4

Fox Valley Conference

Hampshire (1-2, 1-2) at Crystal Lake Central (2-1, 2-1)

When: 7 p.m. Friday

Last matchup: Hampshire 33, Crystal Lake Central 21 (2021 spring season)

About the Whip-Purs: Hampshire lost to Crystal Lake South, 48-37, in Week 3. … QB Tyler Fikis is fifth in area rushing with 405 yards. He has thrown for 454 yards and four touchdowns. … TE Devin Yeats leads the Whips with nine receptions for 198 yards.

About the Tigers: Central lost to Cary-Grove, 48-14, in Week 3. … Central is No. 9 in The Associated Press Class 6A poll. … QB Colton Madura was lost to a hip injury on the fifth play last week. Tigers coach Jon McLaughlin said Madura is improving and called him a “game-time decision.” … If Madura can’t go, sophomore Jason Penza will start at quarterback. Penza was 21 of 28 for 315 yards and two touchdowns last week. … WR Jake Carnrite is fifth among area receivers with 15 receptions.

FND pick: Crystal Lake Central

Cary-Grove (3-0, 3-0) at McHenry (0-3, 0-3)

When: 7 p.m. Friday

Last matchup: C-G 41, McHenry 2 (2019 season)

About the Trojans: C-G beat Crystal Lake Central, 48-14, in Week 3. … The Trojans have held the No. 1 spot in Class 6A poll all season. … C-G put together an immaculate first half against Central, running only seven plays and scoring four times while gaining 274 yards. Along with an interception return TD, the Trojans led, 35-0, at halftime and possessed the ball for only 2:15. … FB Nick Hissong (402) leads the Trojans in rushing yards. RB Drew Magel has 192. Magel carried three times for 161 yards and three touchdowns last week. RB Wade Abrams has run for 186 and three scores.

About the Warriors: McHenry lost to Jacobs, 48-32, in Week 3. … QB Andrew Hoffman is third among area passers with 717 yards and has thrown for four touchdowns. … WR Kyle Kaempf leads the area with 24 receptions and has caught all four of Hoffman’s TD throws. … RB Brody Hallin has rushed for a team-high 193 yards.

FND pick: Cary-Grove

Dundee-Crown (0-3, 0-3) at Crystal Lake South (1-2, 1-2)

When: 7 p.m. Friday

Last matchup: D-C 32, South 22 (2021 spring season)

About the Chargers: D-C lost to Burlington Central, 24-7, in Week 3. … RB Keegan Otte ran for 123 yards against Burlington. … Sophomore QB Zach Randl has thrown for 221 yards and connected three times with his senior brother Drew for 41 yards last week.

About the Gators: South beat Hampshire, 48-37, in Week 3. … QB Justin Kowalak threw for three touchdowns and ran for three more in last week’s win. He leads the area with 884 passing yards, with eight touchdowns and two interceptions. … RB Nate VanWitzenburg leads the Gators with 263 rushing yards and also tops the team with 14 receptions. … WRs Michael Prokos (12), Brady Schroeder (10) and Colton Hess (10) are the other top receivers and Cooper LePage has a TD grab in every game.

FND pick: Crystal Lake South

Burlington Central (2-1, 2-1) at Huntley (1-2, 1-2)

When: 7 p.m. Thursday

Last matchup: Huntley 35, Burlington Central 0 (2021 spring season)

About the Rockets: Burlington defeated Dundee-Crown, 24-7, last week. … The Rockets were able to rest RB-LB Gavin Sarvis last week, except for punting, as he recovered from a quadriceps injury. … QB Shawn Adkerson took on the bulk of the rushing duties, carrying 18 times for 101 yards and two touchdowns.

About the Red Raiders: Huntley lost to Prairie Ridge, 27-7, in Week 3. … The Red Raiders have struggled to generate offense and finish drives in their last two games. They scored an offensive touchdown last week on QB Sam Deligio’s 41-yard pass to WR Josh Witt, but their two touchdowns in Week 2 came by an interception return and a blocked punt return. … RB Emmanual Tinajero leads the team with 146 rushing yards. … Deligio has thrown for 369 yards.

FND pick: Huntley

Jacobs (2-1, 2-1) at Prairie Ridge (3-0, 3-0)

When: 7 p.m. Friday

Last matchup: Prairie Ridge 56, Jacobs 15 (2019 season)

About the Golden Eagles: Jacobs defeated McHenry, 48-32, in Week 3. … The Golden Eagles have put up 124 points (second-most in the FVC) and done it with a power running game. RB Ben Ludlum (548) leads the area and RB Nasir Canty (381) is seventh. … Jacobs’ lowest point total in three games has been 34.

About the Wolves: Prairie Ridge defeated Huntley, 27-7, in Week 3. … The Wolves have rushed for more than 400 yards in all three games and are No. 7 in Class 6A. … RB Zach Bentsen is second in the area with 528 yards. FB Nathan Greetham had 340 yards and QB Mason Loucks has 325. … The Wolves’ defense made two stands against Huntley inside the 10-yard line last week.

FND pick: Prairie Ridge

Kishwaukee River/Interstate 8 Blue Division

Richmond-Burton (3-0, 1-0) at Plano (3-0, 1-0)

When: 7 p.m. Friday

Last matchup: Richmond-Burton 42, Plano 0 (first round of 2018 Class 4A playoffs)

About the Rockets: R-B defeated Rochelle, 34-7, in Week 3. … The Rockets are No. 3 in Class 4A and have the longest winning streak in the state at 23 consecutive games. … FB Brock Wood is fourth on the area rushing list with 432 yards, has eight touchdowns and a 14.4-yard average a carry. … QB Joe Miller is 15 of 20 and has thrown for 198 yards. … R-B’s defense has allowed only seven points.

About the Reapers: Plano received a forfeit victory against Sandwich in Week 3, wiping out a rivalry game. … RB Ray Jones Jr. leads the Reapers with 250 yards rushing in two games. … QB Samuel Sifuentes has thrown for 138 yards and one touchdown. … The Reapers and Rockets have one common opponent, Aurora Central Catholic. Plano beat ACC, 44-0, in Week 1, while R-B beat the Chargers, 41-0, in Week 2.

FND pick: Richmond-Burton

Johnsburg (0-3, 0-1) at Rochelle (1-2, 0-1)

When: 7 p.m. Friday

Last matchup: Rochelle 35, Johnsburg 16 (second round of 2017 Class 4A playoffs)

About the Skyhawks: Johnsburg lost to Marengo, 42-14, in Week 3. … RB Jake Metze has rushed for 245 yards and also leads the Skyhawks with 22 receptions, second among area players. … QB Luke Conroy threw for 159 yards last week.

About the Hubs: Rochelle lost to Richmond-Burton, 34-7, in Week 3. … The Hubs did score on R-B, something its first two opponents were unable to do. … Rochelle scored 60 on eight rushing touchdowns in its season-opening victory over Woodstock.

FND pick: Rochelle

Marengo (2-1, 1-0) at Harvard (1-2, 0-0)

When: 7 p.m. Friday

Last matchup: Marengo 41, Harvard 13 (2021 spring season)

About the Indians: Marengo beat Johnsburg, 42-14, in Week 3. … QB Josh Holst had a huge game last week with 24-of-34 passing for 343 yards and five touchdowns. That pushed Holst to second in the area with 729 passing yards. … WR Collin Aubry is third in the area with 21 receptions after hauling in 11 passes last week.

About the Hornets: Harvard lost to Woodstock, 28-21, in Week 3. … RB Bailey Livdahl is third in area rushing with 524 yards after huge games in Weeks 2 and 3. He averages 9.0 yards a carry. … This is the 102nd meeting in McHenry County’s oldest rivalry, which started in 1922. The Hornets lead, 63-34-4, but have not beaten Marengo since 2013.

FND pick: Marengo

Kishwaukee River/Interstate 8 White Division

Woodstock North (0-3, 0-1) at Kaneland (1-2, 0-1)

When: 7 p.m. Friday

Last matchup: First meeting

About the Thunder: North lost to Morris, 56-12, in Week 3. … RB Henry Goetz leads the Thunder with 346 rushing yards. … QB Jay Zinnen has run for 133 yards and thrown for 208. … TE Justin VanAcker is Zinnen’s favorite target with eight receptions.

About the Knights: Kaneland lost to Sycamore, 56-28, in Week 3. … The Knights lost two running backs in that game to injuries. Backup Tony DeBlassio is out for the year and Corey Phillips is questionable. … QB Troyer Carlson has thrown for 847 yards and eight touchdowns.

FND pick: Kaneland

Woodstock (2-1, 0-0) at Morris (3-0, 1-0)

When: 7 p.m. Friday

Last matchup: Woodstock 14, Morris 3 (1983 Class 4A playoff semifinals) The Blue Streaks beat Washington the next week for the first of their two state championships.

About the Blue Streaks: Woodstock defeated Harvard, 28-21, in Week 3. … QB Liam Mickle ran for a touchdown and threw for two in the win against Harvard. He completed 20 of 31 passes for 271 yards. … Mickle has spread out the receptions with Kaden Hunter (13), Sean Ryan (10) and Caden Monti and Jared Kniola (nine each).

About the Redskins: Morris beat Woodstock North, 56-12, in Week 3. … Morris is No. 8 in Class 5A this week. … Morris’ first two victories came against Coal City, 13-3, and against Antioch, 31-21.

FND pick: Morris

Eight-Man Football

Sciota West Prairie co-op (1-2) at Alden-Hebron (0-3)

When: 7 p.m. Friday

Last matchup: First meeting

About the Sparclones: West Prairie defeated Metro-East Lutheran, 35-6, in Week 3. … West Prairie was outscored in its first two games, 118-14.

About the Giants: A-H lost to Freeport Aquin, 54-0, in Week 3. … Thomas Webber led the defense with six tackles and also caught six passes for 26 yards. Tyler Cunningham caught four passes for 30 yards and Ben Vole completed 11 of 18 for 53 yards in the loss.

FND pick: West Prairie

Joe Stevenson

Joe Stevenson

I have worked at the Northwest Herald since January of 1989, covering everything from high school to professional sports. I mainly cover high school sports now.