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Week 9: Scouting the Mid-Suburban East

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Rolling Meadows (8-0, 4-0) at Buffalo Grove (3-5, 2-2)When: Friday, 7:30 p.m.

Last year: Rolling Meadows 43, Buffalo Grove 14

Outlook: Rolling Meadows is looking for its first undefeated regular season since 2000. And if they get it, the Mustangs should be able to secure a top-three seed in the Class 7A playoffs. Meadows put it all together last week. Led by quarterback Asher O'Hara, who has thrown for 982 yards and 15 touchdowns, the Meadows offense has scored 43 points or more on four different occasions. Meanwhile, the Mustangs' defense has allowed just 51 points for the entire year. But they should be challenged by a Buffalo Grove offense that has scored 42 points in two of its last three games. The Bison are led by Connor Adams, who has thrown for 1,775 yards and 13 touchdowns, and Jimmy Trieb, who had a 4-TD performance last week.

Prospect (3-5, 1-3) at Elk Grove (0-8, 0-4)When: Friday, 7:30 p.m.

Last year: Elk Grove 47, Prospect 31

Outlook: This will wrap up seasons for a pair of teams that have not had the campaigns they'd hoped for. Both teams like to run the ball a lot, so it could make for a quick game. Prospect was eliminated from playoff contention last week. Still, the Knights have run the ball very well all year thanks to Michael and Andrew Shafis, who have combined for 1,059 yards. Elk Grove looks to go out on a high note. The Grenadiers have been battling week in and week out, only to fall short. Genio Hyppolite continues to be a bright spot for Elk Grove, having rushing for 521 yards, and Connor Cloherty has piled up 434 yards.

Hersey (3-5, 2-2) at Wheeling (4-4, 3-1)When: Friday, 7:30 p.m.

Last year: Wheeling 26, Hersey 13

Outlook: Hersey found itself knocked out of the playoff and conference title picture last week with its loss to Meadows. Despite that, quarterback Owen Goldsberry continues to have a strong season, having rushed for 554 yards and thrown for 1,363 yards and 10 touchdowns. The Huskies hope to play spoiler against Wheeling, which is seeking its first playoff appearance since 2008. Wheeling is seeking its fourth win in a row. If they get it, coupled with at least 40 playoff points, it should put the Wildcats into the postseason. Their offense is coming off a huge game last week, with Jalen Dennis rushing for a career-high 248 yards to up his season total to 985. Wheeling has also been doing it on defense, having allowed just 3 TDs in its last three games.

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