Peoria High (6-3) at Country Club Hills Hillcrest (7-2)
7 p.m. Friday at Hillcrest Football Field
Outlook: Hillcrest has played well all year with its only two losses by a combined 10 points to a pair of 8-1 teams. The Hawks play several players both ways and use their speed and aggressiveness. QB RonRecus Griffin has thrown for 1,476 yards, 24 touchdowns and 6 interceptions. A trio of running backs have rushed for 1,329 yards. Receivers Nick Lindley and Corey Crooms have combined for 62 catches, 1,021 receiving yards and 17 touchdowns. Peoria High plays physical up front and fewer guys go both ways. Illinois-commit Coran Taylor will lead the Lions with running backs Geno Hess and Fred Dixson leading a three-headed rushing attack.
Streator (5-4) at Dunlap (9-0)
7:30 p.m. Friday at Eagle Field
Outlook: Streator and Dunlap both beat East Peoria handily this year. The Bulldogs run several backs with sophomore Tray Fisher leading the way with 804 yards and six touchdowns. Senior quarterback John Benckendorf completed 47.7 percent of passes this season for 829 yards, 8 touchdowns and 7 interceptions. Benckendorf has rushed for 43 yards on 40 carries and five touchdowns. Dunlap quarterback Myles Burke has thrown for 1,018 yards, 10 touchdowns and 5 interceptions this year. Isaac Guyton, Josiah Miamen and Charlie Mangieri have combined for 62 catches for 924 yards and 10 touchdowns. Eagles running back Luke Bennyhoff 1,483 yards and 21 touchdowns.
Richwoods (5-4) at Troy Triad (8-1)
7:30 p.m. Friday at Triad High School
Outlook: Triad's only win over an opponent with a winning record was 21-7 at Mt. Zion in Week 9. Triad runs a triple option offense, so Richwoods will have to be disciplined on defense. Knights quarterback Cody Qualls is the leading rusher with 817 yards and two touchdowns. Trevor Nott missed four games with an injury but returns to the lineup. He’s the second-leading rusher with 451 yards and eight touchdowns, averaging 13.3 yards per carry. Richwoods has a shot to get over the top of the defense with Sharod Danage, who’s hauled in 40 passes for 793 yards and 14 touchdowns. A.J. Johnson (41 catches, 610 yards, 6 TD’s) and T’Nahleg Hall (1,448 rushing yards, 14 TD’s) will give Richwoods speed and the ability to make defenders miss. Keenan Streitmatter has completed 52.7 percent of passes for 1,778 yards, 23 touchdowns with 8 interceptions.