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FOOTBALL: Week 8 capsules

October 11, 2018

P-B-L (4-3) at Watseka (4-3)

Gametime: 7 p.m.

Players to watch: WB Anthony Quinn, WR Blake Castonguay, WR Justin Bunting

Preview: Anthony Quinn showed his clutch gene with a touchdown pass in the final seconds last week. He might have to do it again. P-B-L is mad after being embarrassed on its home field by Central and wants to take out its frustrations. Loser of this game is in serious jeopardy of missing the postseason with only one game left. This could come down to who has the ball last.

Pick: Watseka 27, Plano 21

Bradley-Bourbonnais (2-5) at Thornridge (1-6)

Gametime: 7 p.m.

Players to watch: QB Logan Meyer, RB Isaiah Nwokenkwo, WR Tremaine Stone

Preview: Neither team is playing for anything as far as playoffs are concerned, but the Boilers still possess a solid defense. Meyer did a nice job under center, and that should continue this week with more efficiency. Thornridge hasn’t scored more than 20 points since its Week 2 victory against Lindblom. The Boilers’ running game should be in full force for this one.

Pick: Bradley-Bourbonnais 31, Thornridge 21

Hoopeston (2-5) at Dwight (4-3)

Gametime: 7 p.m.

Players to watch: Dwight -- RB Logan Graham, RB Carson Crouch, TE Chris Bement; Hoopeston -- QB Marcus Blurton, WR Jacob Catron, WR Vaughn Black

Preview: This is sort of a battle of different styles. Dwight is a running team compared to Hoopeston, which is more balanced but takes to the air a little more. Blurton has thrown for more than 800 yards but appears to be a pure pocket passer, considering he has negative 64 rushing yards. For the Trojans, it’s simple. Bring the heat defensively and pound the rock offensively.

Pick: Dwight 34, Hoopeston 17

Iroquois West (0-7) at Central (5-2)

Gametime: 7 p.m.

Players to watch: Central -- QB Jay Lemenager, WR Canyon Burrow, WR Jacob Shoven; Iroquois West -- QB Tibaldo Alvarez, RB Nolan Ahlden

Preview: Central’s offense is floating on cloud nine right now. The Comets own a five-game winning streak (second best in the area, Coal City) and haven’t surrendered 20 in the past three games. Iroquois West has a shot to derail the Comets’ SVC title hopes for as least one more week. Throw everything, the kitchen sink and the kitchen itself at them. But this could get ugly.

Pick: Central 51, Iroquois West 7

Momence (1-6) at Seneca (3-4)

Gametime: 7 p.m.

Players to watch: Momence -- QB Kobey Mazur, WR Austin Kinz, WR Seth Hamman; Seneca -- RB Logan Bruss, RB Brody Baudino

Preview: Seneca thought it had a victory, until it didn’t have the victory. That was a huge blow to its playoff chances, but luckily, they get to play a Momence team that struggles with stopping the run. The Redskins can spoil the Irish’s season for good if they can pull out a win, so there’s the incentive. But they have to get defensive stops. Otherwise, Seneca’s running attack could have a field day.

Pick: Seneca 42, Momence 14

Streator (2-5) at Wilmington (4-3)

Gametime: 7 p.m.

Players to watch: QB Keaton Hopwood, RB Conner Dempsay, RB Trey Shaw

Preview: Streator has eliminated from the playoffs, and Wilmington is surging up the playoff hunt. Dempsay has found his form, the offensive line has found form, and the defense, more importantly, is getting stops. While the Bulldogs undoubtedly aim to put a dent in the Wildcats’ season, it’s hard to stop a machine such as Dempsay and company.

Pick: Wilmington 35, Streator 16

Manteno (1-6) at Peotone (3-4)

Gametime: 7 p.m.

Players to watch: Peotone -- QB Max Gesswein, RB Ryan Brewer, RB Brendan Bias; Manteno -- QB Caleb Borkenhagen, RB Davey Wurster, WR Anthony Lopez

Preview: Manteno’s season to forget can be erased if it pulls out the win. Peotone needs this just to stay alive for a possible 3A bid. It’s a rivalry, so the records don’t matter because every team brings out that extra juice for these types of games. Emotions run high, and tempers flare, so whoever remains calm down the stretch has the advantage.

Pick: Peotone 30, Manteno 20

Kankakee (4-3) at Crete-Monee (4-3)

Gametime: 7 p.m.

Players to watch: The Kays notching that huge road win against Bloom puts them ahead of the game. But pulling out a shocker against Crete put them over the top. Crete’s three losses have come to Morris, Brother Rice and Lincoln-Way East. Those nonconference games don’t get much tougher than that. Crete is battle tested, and now it’s the Kays’ turn to see how they stack up.

Pick: Crete-Monee 45, Kankakee 21

Aurora Central Catholic (2-5) at Bishop McNamara (6-1)

Gametime: 7 p.m.

Players to watch: QB Tyler Hiller, RB Tyshon King, RB Owen Jackson

Preview: Don’t expect anything to change with the Irish’s gameplan as long as King is in the backfield. Even if he wasn’t, Jackson and Caleb Smith would have little trouble filling in. The Irish are superior in all three phases of the game, and the Chargers are about to find that out first hand.

Pick: Bishop McNamara 42, Aurora Central Catholic 13

Coal City (6-1) at Reed-Custer (2-5)

Gametime: 7 p.m.

Players to watch: Coal City -- QB Payton Hutchings, RB Connor Skubic, WR Asa Cooper; Reed-Custer -- QB Josh Loomis, WR A.J. Cherry, WR Justin Read

Preview: An offense that averaged 29 points (Reed-Custer) against the stingiest defense in the area. Coal City has pitched back-to-back shutouts, although it’ll be tough to slow down the Comets. This could be one of the more tricky games because it’s at Reed-Custer, and that offense knows how to score. However, Coal City’s running game knows how to chew clock and wear you down.

Pick: Coal City 24, Reed-Custer 13

Milford-Cissna Park (4-1) vs North Shelby, Mo. (5-2)

Gametime: 7 p.m., at Judah Christian

Players to watch: MCP -- QB Jared Schunke, RB Angel Salinas, RB Nick Allen; North Shelby -- QB Cale Stoneburner, RB Mason Uhlmeyer, RB Ethan Geisendorder

Preview: Even down their starting running back, the Bearcats didn’t miss a step. As a matter of fact they might have gained a step with the speed of Salinas. However, the Bearcats and the Raiders have some similarities. Both have high-scoring offenses (MCP, 58.8; NS, 39.1) and are run-based teams. One team is coming off scoring 78 points, and the other scored just eight points. Let’s see what Missouri brings to Illinois.

Pick: Milford-Cissna Park 45, North Shelby 31

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