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ST. CHARLES NORTH (2-3) AT STREAMWOOD (2-3)

When:7:30 p.m. Friday

Last year: Streamwood 35, St. Charles North 9

Notes: St. Charles North knocked off Geneva 25-6 last week for its second win in a row. It was another strong showing for the North Stars defense, which has allowed only one touchdown in the past two games. Senior WR Zac Kirby has 16 catches for 227 yards and is one of three players on the team with at least 190 receiving yards this season.

• Streamwood bounced back from three straight losses with an impressive 27-0 victory at Larkin last week. The defense forced five turnovers in the win and got a 50-yard interception return for a touchdown from senior DB Austin Mugnai. The Sabres trail 9-2 in the all-time series against St. Charles North.

Quote: “Streamwood always plays us tough. Like us, they must feel pretty good after last week. They’ve got a lot of team speed on offense, so that’s something we’ll have to guard against.”

— St. Charles North coach Mark Gould

Erik Jacobsen’s pick: St. Charles North

ELGIN (0-5) AT EAST AURORA (0-5)

When:7:30 p.m. Friday

Last year: Did not play

Notes: Elgin’s losing streak reached 13 with last week’s 58-14 defeat against St. Charles East. Junior RB Jaylen Clemons missed the game for school-related reasons and was said to no longer be with the team, but he was reinstated this week and will be in action Friday night. Senior WR Joe DeBrocke will also be back after missing the St. Charles East game for school-related reasons, and the lack of a freshman game this week means the Maroons will call up six sophomores to the varsity for Friday night’s contest.

• East Aurora is in the midst of a 35-game losing streak that dates to Week 6 of the 2008 season. The Tomcats were blanked 48-0 by Neuqua Valley last week and have scored only one touchdown in their past three games. East Aurora’s last win against Elgin came in 1993 as the Maroons have won the past 13 meetings between the schools.

Quote: “(East Aurora) has put some drives together on teams, but it’s the same type of things hurting them that are hurting us where something can go wrong, whether it be a turnover or a penalty. They can be explosive, so we’ve got to get people to the ball so they can’t get loose.”

— Elgin coach Dave Bierman

Erik Jacobsen’s pick: Elgin

LARKIN (2-3) AT BATAVIA (5-0)

When: 7:30 p.m. Friday

Last year: Batavia 50, Larkin 6

Notes: Larkin emerged banged up from a 27-0 loss against Streamwood last week. Senior OL Alex Schabert (knee), junior QB Kemmerin Blalark (concussion) and junior RB Damion Clemons (hand) could all be sidelined against Batavia. The Royals have been outscored 91-6 in their two matchups against the Bulldogs.

• Batavia is ranked No. 15 in the Sun-Times Super 25 after last week’s 33-29 victory at Lake Park. Junior QB Micah Coffey has completed 80-of-132 passes for 1,027 yards and 12 touchdowns this season. The defending Upstate Eight River champions can clinch their ninth trip to the playoffs in 10 years with a win.

Quote: “It doesn’t matter who lines up against us this week. It’s gut-check time. We’re going to try to play as close as we can to 22 kids with 11 on offense and 11 on defense.”

— Larkin coach Mike Scianna

Erik Jacobsen’s pick: Batavia

ST. EDWARD (1-4) AT CHICAGO CHRISTIAN (2-3)

When: 7:30 p.m. Friday

Last year: Did not play

Online: HighSchoolCube.com

Notes: St. Edward’s losing streak reached four with last week’s 25-7 loss against Aurora Central Catholic. The Green Wave defense allowed only 242 yards in the defeat, but four turnovers by the offense hurt the cause. St. Edward must win its four remaining games to avoid missing the playoffs for the second straight season.

• Chicago Christian is coming off a 21-0 victory against Guerin last week. QB Christian Bolhuis has passed for 789 yards and nine touchdowns this season. The Knights split their previous two meetings against St. Edward.

Quote: “(Chicago Christian) has two wins, which is one more than us, so we’ve got to treat them with a lot of respect. They throw the ball quite a bit. Their quarterback and receiver seem to have a nice connection and put up some big chunks of yards at a time.”

— St. Edward coach Mike Rolando

Erik Jacobsen’s pick: St. Edward

DUNDEE-CROWN (3-2) AT WOODSTOCK NORTH (3-2)

When: 7:15 p.m. Friday

Last year: Woodstock North 25, Dundee-Crown 6

Notes: Dundee-Crown looks to bounce back from last week’s 31-28 loss against Huntley. Senior RB Cody Lane leads the team with 723 rushing yards and 13 touchdowns. The Chargers are one victory away from reaching the four-win mark for the first time since 1998.

• Woodstock North held off rival Woodstock 28-23 last week. RB Ryan Wade is one of the team’s top offensive threats and has 582 yards and six touchdowns on 88 carries this season. The Thunder is trying to reach the playoffs for the second consecutive season.

Quote: “(Woodstock North) is coached well and they run the option as good as anybody. Our kids are starting to understand every game we’re getting people’s best shots now.”

— Dundee-Crown coach Vito Andriola

Erik Jacobsen’s pick: Dundee-Crown

BURLINGTON CENTRAL (4-1) AT MARENGO (1-4)

When: 7 p.m. Friday

Last year: Burlington Central 55, Marengo 3

Notes: Burlington Central remained tied for first place in the Big Northern East with a 26-14 victory against Genoa-Kingston last week. Senior QB Ryan Ritchie threw for three touchdowns and ran for another in the win but injured the thumb on his left, non-throwing hand and is out indefinitely. Senior Tyler Majewski takes over as the starting quarterback, a role he filled for two games earlier this season when Ritchie was sidelined with an ankle injury.

• Marengo’s losing streak reached four with last week’s 10-6 defeat at Harvard. RB John Lesiak has 799 rushing yards and six touchdowns on 129 carries this season. The Indians have lost their last seven matchups against Burlington Central and are closing in on their eighth straight losing season.

Quote: “We won’t take anybody lightly after the loss of Ryan, but we know as a team that we don’t have a choice but to go on and put our best foot forward here. We’ll rally around the guys we have and get after it.”

— Burlington Central coach Rich Crabel

Erik Jacobsen’s pick: Burlington Central

HAMPSHIRE (2-3) AT JOHNSBURG (0-5)

When: 7:15 p.m. Friday

Last year: Hampshire 27, Johnsburg 26

Notes: Hampshire struggled against top-tier competition for the second straight game last week, losing to Grayslake North 54-22. The Whip-Purs turned the ball over five times and yielded over 500 yards in the defeat. Hampshire has been without senior C Nick Denardo lately as he recovers from pneumonia.

• Johnsburg is coming off a 29-12 loss at Grayslake Central last week. Prior to the defeat the Skyhawks hadn’t scored more than seven points in a game this season. First-year coach Michael Maloney is trying to turn around a Johnsburg team that is in the midst of a 17-game losing streak that dates to 2010.

Quote: “We’ve seen some pretty good teams the last couple weeks. There were times in both games, especially last week, where I thought offensively we did some really good things.”

— Hampshire coach Dan Cavanaugh

Erik Jacobsen’s pick: Hampshire

LAKE PARK (2-3) AT BARTLETT (3-2)

When: 1:30 p.m. Saturday

Last year: Bartlett 42, Lake Park 0

TV: CN100

Notes: Lake Park looks to bounce back from two straight losses against state-ranked opponents, including last week’s 33-29 setback against Batavia. Senior WR Kevin Teglia has 27 catches for 640 yards and 10 touchdowns and teams with senior WR Scott Filip to form a formidable duo. The Lancers have scored at least 28 points in every game this year.

• Bartlett was shut out for the second time this season in last week’s 19-0 loss against Waubonsie Valley. Senior RB Aaron Everson still managed 100 rushing yards in the defeat and has an area-best 942 yards and 17 total touchdowns on 119 carries this season. The Hawks have won six of their past seven meetings against Lake Park.

Quote: “We didn’t score against Waubonsie and (Lake Park) scored 28 points against Waubonsie, so you can see they have some offense. We have our work cut out for us to stop those two kids (Teglia and Filip) from catching the long ball.”

— Bartlett coach Tom Meaney

Erik Jacobsen’s pick: Bartlett

GENEVA (1-4) AT ST. CHARLES EAST (3-2)

When: 7:30 p.m. Friday

Last year:LGeneva 35, St. Charles East 13

Online: HighSchoolCube.com

Notes: Geneva’s playoff hopes took a hit with last week’s 25-6 loss at St. Charles North. The Vikings now must win their four remaining regular-season games to avoid missing the postseason for the first time since 2003. Senior RB Bobby Hess has 699 rushing yards and nine touchdowns this season.

• St. Charles East enjoyed its highest scoring output since 2006 in last week’s 58-14 victory at Elgin. Now the Saints will try to beat Geneva, a team they’ve lost to each of the past five years. St. Charles East will be without DT Spencer Santoro, who fractured a pinkie and is out for the season.

Quote: “I know the record hasn’t been good on East’s side as far as East playing Geneva, but we don’t even concern ourselves with it. All we’re thinking about is the game Friday. These are different young men than were on the field in years past. This is their time.”

— St. Charles East coach Mike Fields

Erik Jacobsen’s pick: St. Charles East

HUNTLEY (3-2) AT JACOBS (3-2)

When: 7:15 p.m. Friday

Last year: Jacobs 48, Huntley 19

Notes: See preview story

Erik Jacobsen’s pick: Jacobs

SOUTH ELGIN (3-2) AT WAUBONSIE VALLEY (5-0)

When: 7:30 p.m. Friday

Last year: Waubonsie Valley 32, South Elgin 8

Notes: See preview story

Erik Jacobsen’s pick:Waubonsie Valley

ERIK JACOBSEN’S RECORD

Last week: 8-2

Season: 42-13

Follow Erik Jacobsen on Twitter @JacobsenECN


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