Hersey (2-4, 1-1) at Prospect (3-3, 1-1)When: Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Last year: Hersey 14, Prospect 7
Outlook: Both teams are looking to rebound after disappointing losses a week ago, and both need wins to keep their playoff hopes alive. Hersey had been playing quite well before last week, winning 2 in a row. But the Huskies' defense allowed 511 yards of offense and 42 points to Buffalo Grove. The only good news is that most of the yards Hersey allowed game through the air, which is where Prospect has had its troubles offensively. The Knights enter Friday's game with just 278 passing yards. But the bright spot for Prospect is that it did throw for 109 yards in their loss last week. Still, expect a heavy dose of turf traffic from the Knights.
Buffalo Grove (2-4, 1-1) at Wheeling (2-4, 1-1)When: Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Last year: Wheeling 35, Buffalo Grove 19
Outlook: The winner continues in its quest for the playoffs, while the loser is out. Expect a shootout between a pair of teams who can score but struggle on the defensive side. Buffalo Grove exceeded its win total from last season by blasting past Hersey last week. The Bison got a huge game out of quarterback Connor Adams, whose 4 TD passes gave him 10 for the season along with his 1,514 yards. Much of that has gone to Jimmy Trieb, who has 27 receptions for 381 yards. Jason Shannon, who has rushed for over 100 yards the past two weeks, has taken some of the offensive burden for Jalen Dennis, who has run for 827 yards this season.
Elk Grove (0-6, 0-2) at Rolling Meadows (6-0, 2-0)When: Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Last year: Rolling Meadows 28, Elk Grove 26
Outlook: Elk Grove continues to play well, yet not quite well enough to get in the win column. The Grenadiers have even a tougher task this week when they take on the Mustangs. Elk Grove will look to try to control the clock behind the running of Genio Hyppolite, who has rushed for 431 yards this season. Rolling Meadows qualified for the playoffs last week for the sixth year in a row and 13th time in the last 14 years. The Mustangs, who have been slumping a bit offensively the past two weeks, broke loose last week with a 354-yard performance. But it has been the Mustangs' defense which has been stellar all season. Led by Nick Delporte, Kevin Haltman, Brian Jacks, Jesus de la Torre, Manny Luna III and Luis Robledo, Meadows has pitched a pair of shutouts and has allowed just 38 points all season.