Southwest Prairie West

Oswego (2-3, 0-1) at Plainfield North (5-0, 1-0)

When: 7 p.m. Friday

Last match : Oswego 24, Plainfield North 17, 2OT (2021)

About the Panthers: Oswego suffered an 18-8 loss to Minooka, a game that was tied in the fourth quarter. The Panthers, however, were plagued with nine penalties, had a punt blocked and a pass intercepted at Minooka’s 2-yard line. Oswego had an interception from Brady Hayslett and a touchdown run from Alex Magana in the game, but continues to be plagued with injuries. Oswego’s games with Plainfield North have traditionally been played on the wire. The Panthers will need a top-notch effort to take on a Tigers side that resembles SPC West’s class at this point. Senior QB Cruz Ibarra has thrown for 766 yards with seven touchdowns and three interceptions this season. Michigan rookie Deakon Tonielli (16 catches, 224 yards, three TDs) is his top target, but could use more touches. It’s unusual for Oswego to be under .500 this late in the season, adding to the urgency this week.

About the Tigers: Plainfield North continues to show a strong all-around team, shutting down Yorkville completely in Week 5. The Tigers continue to have a defense that stifles most of their opponents and was especially punishing in the win over Yorkville as they n didn’t allow the Foxes to cross midfield. Yorkville’s 11 offensive possessions resulted in nine punts and two turnovers. The ‘X’ factor for Plainfield North continues to be QB Demir Ashiru, whose ability to keep the game alive with his athleticism and balance gives adjustments to opposing defenses.

Friday Night Reader’s Choice: Plainfield North

East Oswego (4-1, 1-0) at Minooka (4-1, 1-0)

When: 7 p.m. Friday

Last match : Minooka 33, East Oswego 10 (2021)

About wolves: Oswego East has won three in a row and does so with its usual strong defense and just enough offense. Juny Almeida and Mike Polubinski are among the leaders of the Wolves first-team defense that has allowed just three touchdowns this season. Oswego East’s offense revolves around the talents of dual-threat QB Tre Jones, who rushed for a team-high 436 yards and six touchdowns while completing 60.6% of his passes for 416 yards and four touchdowns . Wolves must be ready to match the physique of a Minooka side that aren’t afraid to do it through the floor and the pound. They’ll also want to clean up any rolling issues that have cropped up from time to time — Oswego East spat it out via fumble or interception nine times this season.

About Indians: Minooka’s Week 1 loss to Bolingbrook seems to have shocked the Indian system. Now amid a four-game winning streak, Minooka has shone, especially on the defensive side of the ball, allowing just 14 points in his last three games. The offense also did a good job of turning into what the Indians need on a particular night. QB Gavin Dooley can move the ball through the air, but Minooka needed a more smashing approach to get past Oswego in Week 5, so that’s exactly what he did behind a tough run from Joey Partridge.

NDF choice: East Oswego

Yorkville (4-1, 0-1) vs. West Aurora (1-4, 0-1)

When: 7 p.m. Friday

Last match : Yorkville 14, West Aurora 13 (2021)

About foxes: Yorkville is no doubt eager to put its first loss of the season, 24-0 last Friday against Plainfield North, in the rearview mirror against a West Aurora team that has played the Foxes to the wire in two of their three SPC meetings. Restoring his offensive attack is a top priority. Yorkville didn’t cross midfield against Plainfield North and turned it twice. The status of RB starter Gio Zeman, who dressed last week but did not play the second game in a row, remains unclear. Junior QB Michael Dopart, who threw for 543 yards and six touchdowns this season, went most of the way under center last week. Blake Kersting (25 tackles), Andrew Laurich (24 tackles) and Jake Davies (23 tackles) lead a Yorkville defense that played better last week than the final score indicated.

About the Blackhawks: West Aurora are yet to win an SPC West game since joining the league, have lost three straight since their Week 2 win over Romeoville and suffered a 21-3 loss to Oswego East. But that margin is a little misleading, as the Blackhawks trailed only 7-3 in the fourth quarter. Finishing practices have been a problem for West Aurora all season, and that was against Oswego East. Senior QB Gino Martino has thrown for 945 yards this season with eight touchdowns and three interceptions. Andrew Kolich has 27 catches for 380 yards and five touchdowns.

NDF choice: Yorkville

Kishwaukee River/Interstate 8 Blue

Johnsburg (2-3, 0-2) at Plano (2-3, 0-1)

When: 7:15 p.m. Friday

Last match : Plan 27, Johnsburg 26 (2021)

About the Skyhawks: Johnsburg beat Kingdom Prep Lutheran of Waawatosa, Wisconsin last week. The victory ended a three-game skid. QB AJ Bravieri threw for 1,235 yards and 14 touchdowns. RB Jake Metze rushed for 235 yards and scored eight touchdowns. He also has 32 receptions and four touchdowns. WR Ian Boal has 27 catches with six touchdowns.

About the Reapers: Plano on Homecoming week is looking to get back on track after back-to-back losses to La Salle-Peru and Richmond-Burton. Waleed Johnson, with 761 yards and nine touchdowns, is the centerpiece of Plano’s offense, but the Reapers should be encouraged by the performance of junior QB Armando Martinez last week. Martinez was 19 of 38 passing for 202 yards with completions to four different receivers. Most important to the Reapers’ defense is containing Johnsburg RB Jake Metze, who rushed for nearly 250 yards in last year’s game, running behind an offensive line anchored by NIU rookie Jacob Welch. With games remaining against Rochelle and Marengo, it’s close to a must win for Plano’s playoff hopefuls.

NDF choice: Plan