Northwest Herald area preview capsules for Week 9

Crystal Lake Central quarterback Colton Madura hands the ball off to Brent Blitek during their football game against Crystal Lake South on Friday, Oct. 1, 2021 at Crystal Lake Central High School in Crystal Lake.

Fox Valley Conference

Huntley (3-5, 3-5) at Crystal Lake South (4-4, 4-4)

When: 7 p.m. Friday

Last matchup: Huntley defeated South, 35-7, in Week 5 of the 2019 season.

About the Red Raiders: Huntley defeated Dundee-Crown, 37-18, last week. … The Raiders have played strong defense, allowing 188 points, second among FVC teams. But generating points has been a problem. Their 37 last week was the most they have scored this season by 16. … RB Ryder Hunkins leads Huntley with 375 rushing yards. WR Carter Knutsen has a team-high 15 receptions. … QB Sam Deligio missed last week’s game with a bruised hand injury.

About the Gators: South lost to Prairie Ridge, 56-21, last week. … The Gators need to win to reach the playoffs for a third consecutive season. … QB Justin Kowalak leads the area with 1,688 passing yards and has thrown for 15 touchdowns. … RB Nate Van Witzenburg is sixth in area rushing with 936 yards. … WR Michael Prokos is tied for fourth in the area with 41 receptions. Cooper LePage and Colton Hess each have 20 catches and Brady Schroeder has 19.

Friday Night Drive pick: Crystal Lake South

Crystal Lake Central (6-2, 6-2) at Prairie Ridge (6-2, 6-2)

When: 7 p.m. Friday

Last matchup: Crystal Lake Central beat Prairie Ridge, 14-13, in overtime in Week 3 of the 2021 spring season.

About the Tigers: Central defeated McHenry, 20-17, last week. … The Tigers, who have won four games in a row, are led by dual-threat QB Colton Madura, who has rushed for 557 yards and thrown for 955, and he missed most of three games with a hip injury. … RB Brent Blitek has run for 804 yards.

About the Wolves: Prairie Ridge beat Crystal Lake South, 56-21, last week. … The Wolves racked up more than 600 rushing yards and had three 100-yard rushers in that game, led by FB Nathan Greetham’s 243. … RB Tyler Vasey has ran 17 times for 246 yards and four touchdowns since returning from an elbow injury, giving an already potent offense another option. … Greetham (1,084) is second on the area rushing list, RB Zach Bentsen (814) is 10th.

FND pick: Prairie Ridge

Cary-Grove (8-0, 8-0) at Hampshire (5-3, 5-3)

When: 7 p.m. Friday

Last matchup: C-G defeated Hampshire, 49-0, in Week 3 of the 2019 season.

About the Trojans: C-G beat Burlington Central, 48-7, last week. … The Trojas are ranked No. 2 in The Associated Press Class 6A poll and have been in one of the top two spots all year. … FB Nick Hissong (897 yards, 9.1 a carry) leads the team in rushing. RBs Drew Magel (628, 17.4) and Wade Abrams (588, 15.9) and QB Jameson Sheehan (459, 12.1) comprise C-G’s potent and balanced attack. … TE Noah Riley has 20 receptoins and five TDs. … The Trojans’ defense has allowed an FVC-low 107 points.

About the Whip-Purs: Hampshire lost to Jacobs, 49-13, last week. … That loss ended Hampshire’s four-game winning streak that made it playoff eligible for the first time since 2015. … QB Tyler Fikis is third in area rushing with 1,042 yards and has thrown for 1,252 yards. … TE Devin Yeats (17) and WR Zach Vodraska (15) lead the Whips in receiving.

FND pick: Cary-Grove

McHenry (1-7, 1-7) at Burlington Central (2-6, 2-6)

When: 7 p.m. Friday

Last matchup: McHenry beat Burlington Central, 31-22, in Week 3 of the 2019 season.

About the Warriors: McHenry lost to Crystal Lake Central, 20-17, last week. … The Warriors lost RB Brody Hallin, their leading rusher, for the final three games with a shoulder injury. … WR Kyle Kaempf has an area-best 50 receptions and seven touchdowns, along with an interception return touchdown on defense. … QB Andrew Hoffman has thrown for 1,464 yards and eight TDs.

About the Rockets: Burlington Central lost to Cary-Grove, 48-7, last week. … The Rockets started the season 2-1, but have lost five consecutive games. … RB Gavin Sarvis has rushed for 539 yards and QB Shawn Adkerson has 526 to lead Burlington’s attack.

FND pick: McHenry

Jacobs (5-3, 5-3) at Dundee-Crown (0-8, 0-8)

When: 7 p.m. Friday

Last matchup: Jacobs defeated D-C, 42-14, in Week 3 of the 2021 spring season.

About the Golden Eagles:rus uJacobs beat Hampshire, 49-13, last week. … The Golden Eagles have scored 324 points, second in the FVC to C-G’s 385. … RB Ben Ludlum leads the area with 1,306. rushing yards and 21 touchdowns and has run for 100 yards in 11 consecutive games. … RB Nasir Canty has 869 rushing yards. … QB Max Benner had one of his best games last week, completing 5 of 7 passes for 82 yards and three touchdowns. … Jacobs will be in the Class 7A playoffs for the first time since 2017.

About the Chargers: D-C lost to Huntley, 37-18, last week. … RB Keegan Otte is fourth in the area with 1,032 yards and has the most carries (193) of any area player. … Sophomore QB Zach Randl has completed 58.9% of his passes for 1,214 yards. … WRs Anthony Aguilar (23) and Huntery Guyon (20) lead the Chargers in receptions.

FND pick: Jacobs

Kishwaukee River/Interstate 8 Blue Division

Richmond-Burton (8-0, 5-0) at Marengo (5-3, 4-1)

When: 7 p.m. Friday

Last matchup: R-B beat Marengo, 50-7, in Week 6 of the 2021 spring season.

About the Rockets: R-B defeated Harvard, 49-0, last week. … That victory was the Rockets’ third shutout and their 28th consecutive win, currently the longest streak in the state. … R-B, ranked No. 3 in Class 4A, has allowed only 67 points on defense. … FB Brock Wood has 1,025 yards rushing and 20 touchdowns. He averages 9 yards a carry. … QB Joe Miller doesn’t throw often, but when he does, R-B is quite effective. He is completing 68.5% of his throws and has seven touchdowns with one interception.

About the Indians: Marengo defeated Sandwich, 43-21, to become playoff eligible. … QB Josh Holst has thrown for 1,625 yards with 16 touchdowns and five interceptions. He is second in the area in passing yards. … RB Dylan Stolz leads Marengo with 822 yards rushing. … WR Collin Aubry is tied for fourth in the area with 41 receptions, while WR Logan Miller has 29 grabs.

FND pick: Richmond-Burton

Johnsburg (2-6, 1-4) at Harvard (2-6, 1-4)

When: 7 p.m. Friday

Last matchup: Johnsburg beat Harvard, 43-22, in Week 4 of the 2021 spring season.

About the Skyhawks: Johnsburg defeated Woodstock North, 38-6, last week. … The Skyhawks have won two of their past three, and the loss in those games was 23-20 to R-B, its closest game of the season. … QB Luke Conroy has thrown for 1,292 yards, and RB Jake Metze has rushed for 527 yards and caught 46 passes for 552 yards. He is second in the area in receptions.

About the Hornets: Harvard lost to R-B, 49-0, last week. … RB Bailey Livdahl leads Harvard with 742 rushing yards. … The Hornets had a rough stretch with two games missed with a COVID-19 quarantine, followed by meeting R-B, the defending Class 4A state champion.

FND pick: Johnsburg

Kishwaukee River/Interstate 8 White Division

Woodstock (3-5, 1-4) at Woodstock North (0-8, 0-5)

When: 7 p.m. Friday

Last matchup: Woodstock beat Woodstock North, 34-6, in Week 6 of the 2021 spring season.

About the Blue Streaks: Woodstock lost to Sycamore, 50-0, last week. … The Streaks were eliminated from the postseason picture with last week’s loss. … QB Liam Mickle is third in the area with 1,489 yards passing and 13 touchdowns. … WR Sean Ryan (34), WR Caden Monti (23) and TE Kaden Hunter (23) are the top targets for Mickle.

About the Thunder: North lost to Johnsburg, 38-6, last week. … FB Henry Goetz (758 yards) and QB Jay Zinnen (375) are the Thunder’s leading rushers. … North has struggled to score with 109 points for the season, last in the division.

FND pick: Woodstock

CCL/ESCC Red Division

Marian Central (3-5, 1-0) at DePaul (2-6, 0-1)

When: 7:30 p.m. Friday

Last matchup: First meeting

About the Hurricanes: Marian lost to Fenwick, the No. 2 team in Class 5A, 42-7. … The Hurricanes should have WR Christian Bentancur back this week after he missed a game for COVID-19 restrictions. … Bentancur’s 43 receptions are third in the area. … QB Brendan Hernon is fourth in the area with 1,471 yards passing and has 15 TD passes. … The Hurricanes can win the three-team Red Division with a victory, otherwise Marian, DePaul and Leo will tie at 1-1.

About the Rams: DePaul lost to St. Ignatius, 35-0, last week. The Wolfpack is ranked No. 4 in Class 6A. … The Rams have lost six consecutive games and have not scored in the last two games (Niles Notre Dame and St. Ignatius).

FND pick: Marian Central

Eight-Man Football

Amboy-LaMoille co-op (4-4) at Alden-Hebron co-op (2-6)

When: 7 p.m. Friday

Last matchup: This is the first meeting between the two schools. Amboy-LaMoille played 11-man until this season.

About the Clippers: Amboy-LaMoille lost to Orangeville, 55-6, last week. … Amboy-LaMoille got a forfeit victory from Ashton-Franklin Center the previous week and beat Hiawatha, 60-36, in Week 6.

About the Giants: A-H played a competitive game against River Ridge last week but lost, 44-30. … The Giants’ victory on the field came against Sciota West Prairie in Week 4. They also got a forfeit win from Ashton-FC.

FND pick: Amboy-LaMoille