Week 9: Scouting the Fox Valley Conference
West Chicago (2-6) at Crystal Lake South (2-6) Game time: 7 p.m. Friday at Ken Bruhn Field
The quick hit: The Gators can match last year's record with a victory in the nonconference season finale for both teams. The Gators took down the Wildcats 43-14 in 2016.
Hampshire (1-7, 1-6) at Jacobs (5-3, 4-3) Game time: 7 p.m. Friday
The quick hit: Jacobs will likely start the playoffs on the road, win or lose, but a victory would improve its seed in Class 7A. Hampshire has dropped seven straight since a season-opening 28-14 win over Dundee-Crown.
Dundee-Crown (1-7, 0-7) at Prairie Ridge (8-0, 7-0) Game time: 7 p.m. Friday
The quick hit: Prairie Ridge All-State quarterback Samson Evans returned to action last week after some time off due to injury. His Wolves average 45 ppg. Fox Valley Conference opponent Dundee-Crown allows a league-high 43 ppg.
Cary-Grove (5-3, 5-2) at Crystal Lake Central (5-3, 4-3) Game time: 7 p.m. Friday at Own Metcalf Field
The quick hit: The Trojans attempt to shake off last week's nonconference loss at South Elgin in this Fox Valley Conference regular-season finale. The Tigers, with 34 playoff points entering Friday's action, need a win to guarantee themselves a playoff berth. The projected cutoff is 38 or 39 points.
Huntley (7-1, 6-1) at McHenry (4-4, 3-4)Game time: 7 p.m. Friday at McCracken Field
The quick hit: A win probably gets McHenry, which has 36 playoff points, back to the postseason for the second straight year, but the Warriors have to upset highflying Huntley to do it. Red Raiders quarterback Eric Mooney is on fire. The senior has completed 67.7 percent of his passes for 1,652 yards and 17 touchdowns (4 ints.) and has rushed for 886 yards and 15 touchdowns.