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La Salle-Peru (3-1) at Sycamore (3-1)

When: 7 p.m. Friday

Last matchup: Sycamore 45, La Salle-Peru 0 (2019)

About the Cavaliers: L-P last played Sept. 10 – a 28-0 win over Ottawa – after Sandwich had to forfeit in Week 4. … L-P is 0-3 against Sycamore since the teams joined the same conference in 2010. … The Cavaliers are averaging 308 rushing yards a game led by Matt Carrico, who has rushed for 423 yards and three touchdowns on 61 carries, including 246 yards and a pair of TDs against Ottawa. QB Sean Whitfield has run for 240 yards and four TDs. … The L-P defense is allowing 103.3 rushing, 107.7 passing yards and 11.7 points a game. … Defensive lineman Will Daugherty had nine tackles, six tackles for loss and a sack against Ottawa.

About the Spartans: After a 20-16 loss to DeKalb to start the season, Sycamore has won three in a row, including a 42-6 rout of Ottawa last week. During the streak, the Spartans have averaged 48 points a game while allowing 14 a game. … Against Ottawa, Sycamore punted on its first drive then scored on every drive after until the 40-point running clock started. … QB Eli Meier completed 14 of 14 passes for 121 yards and two TDs while also running for a 45-yard score against the Pirates. … Sam Carlson returned a kickoff 86 yards for a TD and ran for a 27-yard score last week. … Jackson Funderburg made two tackles for loss against Ottawa, while Lincoln Cooley had a sack and a fumble recovery.

FND pick: Sycamore

Riverdale (0-4) at St. Bede (3-1)

When: 1 p.m. Saturday

Last matchup: St. Bede 48, Riverdale 8 (2014)

About the Rams: Riverdale has struggled, losing all four games by an average of 38.3 points a game. The Rams are averaging 11 points a game while giving up 49.3 points a contest. … In last week’s 41-0 loss to Orion, Riverdale had a touchdown called back on a penalty and had a drive ended with an interception at the 13-yard line. … QB Gage Hugart completed 9 of 19 passes for 56 yards while running for 44 yards on 16 attempt against Orion. Eli Hinde had 68 total yards. … The Rams allowed Orion’s Cole Kratzberg to run for a school-record 270 yards and three TDs.

About the Bruins: St. Bede is coming off a 13-7 win over Newman, the Bruins’ first win over the Comets since 2011. … The Bruins are 3-2 under Jim Eustice on homecoming, but have lost their past two homecoming games. … St. Bede’s last game against Riverdale was a 48-8 Bruin win on homecoming in 2014. … Tyreke Fortney has caught 19 passes for 461 yards and four TDs this season while running for 182 yards and five scores. He has scored in every game and has multiple TDs in three of four games. … QB John Brady has led the Bruins in rushing in each of the past two weeks, running for 104 yards and two TDs in Week 3 and 69 yards last week. … The Bruins forced six turnovers against Newman. LB Ben Koyak had nine tackles and a forced fumble against the Comets.

FND pick: St. Bede

Hall (1-3) at Mendota (3-1)

When: 2 p.m. Saturday

Last matchup: Mendota 34, Hall 14 (2011)

About the Red Devils: Hall used big plays to earn its first win last week, beating Morrison, 44-20. The Red Devils scored on five plays of 20 or more yards. … Mac Resetich scored five touchdowns against the Mustangs – three rushing, one receiving and a punt return. … Hall averages 271.8 rushing yards a game behind Caleb Savitch (324 yards, TD), Resetich (304 yards, 5 TDs) and Dominic Guerrni (203 yards, 3 TDs). … The Red Devils allow 33.8 points a game. … Dominic Guerrini had 24 tackles (19 assists, 5 solo) and a tackle for a loss last week. … Hall is looking for its first back-to-back wins since Weeks 7 and 8 of the 2019 season.

About the Trojans: Mendota is coming off its first loss, 28-7 to Princeton. The Trojans are the only team this season not to have a running clock put on by the Tigers and the only team to hold Princeton to less than 45 points. … The Trojans are averaging 223.8 rushing yards, 102.3 passing yards and 32.5 points a game while allowing 150.3 rushing yards, 83.3 passing yards and 21 points a contest. … RB Uzi Angulo has rushed for 350 yards and six touchdowns on 50 carries. He’s run for at least one TD in every game. … Damien Magallanes is a threat to run or catch the ball with 152 rushing yards and 153 receiving yards. He has two total TDs. … QB Ted Landgraf has completed 26 of 58 passes for 406 yards and five TDs to one interception. He’s also run for 184 yards and a score.

FND pick: Mendota

Princeton (4-0) at Kewanee (4-0)

When: 7 p.m. Friday

Last matchup: Princeton 43, Kewanee 7 (spring 2021)

About the Tigers: Princeton has dominated the past three meetings with Kewanee, winning by an average of 41.3 points a game. … The Tigers have won 17 consecutive regular season games and 20 of their past 21 games overall. … QB Teegan Davis, who left last week’s 28-7 win over Mendota in the first half with an injury, has thrown for 534 yards and six touchdowns while running for 377 yards and seven scores. He is expected to play Friday. … RB Logan Glancy has run for 215 yards and two TDS. WR Bennett Sierens has nine receptions for 205 yards and two TDs. … The Tigers have allowed more than seven points only once this season. … Carson Etheridge leads the PHS defense with 48 tackles and three tackles for loss.

About the Boilermakers: Kewanee is 4-0 for the first time since the Boilermakers started 5-0 in 1999 en route to a 10-2 record and a Class 3A quarterfinal appearance. … The Boilermakers are averaging 42.5 points a game while surrendering 15.5 points a contest. … QB Will Bruno has thrown for 575 yards and 13 TDs with Jordan Johnson (7) and Niko Powe (6) combining for 13 TDs. Keyontiss Patterson leads the running attack with 8 TDs. … In last week’s 49-21 win over Bureau Valley, Patterson threw a 55-yard TD pass, ran for a 48-yard TD and caught a 62-yard TD pass.

FND pick: Princeton

Bureau Valley (3-1) at Newman (2-2)

When: 7 p.m. Friday

Last matchup: Newman 42, Bureau Valley 0 (spring 2021)

About the Storm: Bureau Valley has lost nine consecutive games to the Comets. The Storm’s last win over Newman was a 34-6 victory in Week 8 of the 2009 season. … The Storm have lost two in a row – 42-22 to Mendota and 49-21 to Kewanee last week. … Bureau Valley is averaging 266.8 rushing yards a game behind Jaden Michlig (446 yards, 4 TDs), Layton Britt (325 yards, 4 TDs), Levi Hardy (191 yards, 5 TDs) and QB Adam Johnson (112 yards, 4 TDs). … The Storm are allowing 109 rushing yards, 173.3 passing yards and 27.5 points a game.

About the Comets: This is the first season since 2000 the Comets did not start 3-1 or better. … Newman lost, 13-7, to St. Bede last week. … Newman is averaging 20.5 points a game and allowing 14.8 points a contest. … The Comets turned the ball over six times – three fumbles and three interceptions – last week and were held to 193 total yards (160 rushing, 33 passing). … Brennen Cook had 47 rushing yards on 10 carries against the Bruins, while Ethan VanLanduit ran for 38 yards and a TD on eight attempts.

FND pick: Newman

Fieldcrest (0-4) at LeRoy (1-3)

When: 7 p.m. Friday

Last matchup: Fieldcrest 41, LeRoy 20 (2017)

About the Knights: Fieldcrest is 0-4 for the first time since 2010. … The Knights have scored one touchdown or less in three of four games, including last week in a 41-0 loss to Eureka. … Fieldcrest is giving up 43.5 points a game. … QB Koltin Kearfott has thrown for an area-best 690 yards to go with four touchdowns.

About the Panthers: LeRoy’s lone win was a 22-16 victory over Heyworth (0-4) in Week 2. … In a 14-7 loss to Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley last week, QB Carson Houser completed 7 of 16 passes for 131 yards. … LeRoy and GCMS were tied at 7 at halftime and the game remained tied until GCMS scored with 2:30 left in the game.

FND pick: LeRoy

Amboy-LaMoille (2-2) at Milford-Cissna Park (0-4)

When: 2 p.m. Saturday

Last matchup: First meeting

About the Clippers: Amboy is coming off a 60-14 rout of No. 1-ranked West Central. … The Clippers racked up 424 rushing yards and 77 passing yards last week. … QB Tucker Lindenmeyer has rushed for 389 yards and six touchdowns while passing for 178 yards and three scores. … RB Kye Koch ran for 181 yards and three TDs last week. … The Clippers are allowing 161 rushing yards, 76.3 passing yards and 18.5 points a game.

About the Bearcats: Milford won the 2018 eight-man state title and was 2019 runner-up but are winless this season after a 34-28 loss to Flanagan-Cornell/Woodland last week. … Last week’s game was the first this season the Bearcats were within one score. … Sawyer Laffoon threw for 188 yards and a touchdown last week while also running for a TD. … Sam Kaeb rushed for 97 yards and a TD on 13 carries against FCW and also caught four passes for 53 yards.

FND pick: Amboy-LaMoille