Predicting every Illinois high school football game in the Peoria area for Week 7

Peoria High's Malachi Washington celebrates his touchdown against Normal Community in the first half Friday, Oct. 1, 2021 at Peoria Stadium. The Lions fell to the Ironmen 42-38.
Adam Duvall
Journal Star

Week 7 of the high school football season is here.

Conference play throughout the area has heated up. Games this week have implications for a lot of league races, especially in the Big 12, Mid-Illini, Heart of Illinois and Prairieland conferences.  

Last week, the picks in this space were an atrocious 9-7 (.563) with a 53-25 (.679) season total. Here is a look at all the Week 7 predictions for Peoria-area games:

Big 12

Champaign Central (2-4, 2-3) at Peoria High (4-2, 4-1), 7 p.m.: The Lions, ranked No. 8 in Class 5, are at Peoria Stadium for the second of a two-game homestand, looking to build off last week’s offensive performance from Eddie Clark (3 TDs). Matthew McMullen and David Willis each scored TDs last week for Central. Peoria High 67, Champaign Central 20

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Bloomington (3-3, 3-3) at Notre Dame (4-2, 4-1), 1 p.m. Saturday: PND is rolling, averaging 28 points in the last three games and rushing for well over 300 yards for the season led by Joey Mushinsky’s 143 yards last week. The Purple Raiders come to Richwoods Stadium after a 20-point last week to Centennial. PND 35, Bloomington 13

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Manual (0-6, 0-5) at Champaign Centennial (3-3, 3-2), 7 p.m.: The Rams, who got 204 passing yards and two TDs from Londo Tolliver, attempted a two-point conversion to tie the game last week but fell short. Centennial QB Brady Boatright threw for 216 yards and two TDs as the Chargers built a 27-point lead on Bloomington. Centennial 42, Manual 26

Mahomet-Seymour (6-0) at Richwoods (1-5), 7 p.m.: Richwoods is coming off a bye week, taking a forfeit victory from Harvey Thornton, which cancelled due to COVID-19 protocols. Mahomet-Seymour, sixth-ranked in 5A, picked up this game with the Knights after Taylorville forfeited due to low numbers. Mahomet-Seymour 48, Richwoods 15

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Pekin running back Kanye Tyler picks his way through the Dunlap defense in the second half Friday, Sept. 10, 2021 in Pekin. The Dragons defeated the Eagles 27-7.

Pekin (4-2, 2-2) at Metamora (5-1, 3-1), 7:30 p.m.: A loss for Pekin, which rushed for 153 yards between Kanye Tyler and Tanner Sprecher against Washington, would all but eliminate them from the league race. Metamora QB Connor Willerton went for 243 total yards and two TDs in the loss to Morton. Pekin 21, Metamora 20

Morton (4-2, 3-1) at East Peoria (0-6, 0-4), 7:30 p.m.: The Potters, who got four TDs from running back Seth Glatz against Metamora, are riding some big-time momentum off last week’s win over the then state-ranked Redbirds. EP looks for its first victory for coach Dustin Jefferson and snap a losing streak since Week 4 of 2018. Morton 42, East Peoria 8

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Washington (4-2, 3-1) at Canton (2-4, 2-2), 7:30 p.m.: Following a Week 5 shutout loss to Pekin, the Little Giants scored a season-high 31 points last week against Limestone. Washington running back Thomas Borges has been a pillar of consistency in the backfield, rushing for 74 yards last week against Pekin. Washington 35, Canton 13

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Dunlap (3-3, 2-2) at Limestone (1-5, 1-3), 7:30 p.m.: The Eagles’ defense, who now is allowing 21.2 points a game, stepped up and pitched a shutout against Canton last week. Limestone finds itself in the second toughest stretch of its schedule with Morton and Pekin left to play. Dunlap 35, Limestone 28


Polo (6-0) at Peoria Heights (2-4), 7 p.m.: The Marcos, ranked No. 1 by Cover 8 Illinois, have played just four games, but are outscoring opponents by an average of 49.5 to 18. Heights started the season with two losses, then won back-to-back games and now are on a two-game losing streak. Polo 56, Peoria Heights 28

Heart of Illinois

Eureka (4-2) at Colfax Ridgeview (3-3), 7 p.m.: The Hornets had their lowest offensive output of the season last week against El Paso-Gridley, which needed a late TD to win. Ridgeview RB Kaden Farrell went for 195 yards and two TDs for the Mustangs, who only gave up 71 total yards of offense last week. Eureka 28, Colfax Ridgeview 21

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Le Roy (2-4) at Deer Creek-Mackinaw (4-2), 7 p.m.: Dee-Mack beat Route 9 rival Tremont, 12-0 last week led by running back Brent Denniston’s 109 yards and two TDs. Le Roy lost 21-6 last week to Ottawa Marquette, which boasts four HOI schools on its schedule including a 40-36 loss to the Chiefs in Week 3. Dee-Mack 28, Le Roy 13

A trio of LeRoy defenders bring down Tremont fullback Shemar Williams in the first half Friday, Sept. 10, 2021 in Tremont. The Turks defeated LeRoy 42-12.

Tremont (4-2) at Fisher (1-5), 7 p.m.: The Turks struggled in last week’s loss to Dee-Mack, which held Tremont scoreless and just 151 yards on 37 carries. Fisher running back George Morgan (185 yards, three TDs) and quarterback Blake Terven (125 yards) give the Bunnies a potent 1-2 punch on the ground. Tremont 42, Fisher 6

Stockton (2-4) at Fieldcrest (0-6), 2 p.m. Saturday: Things won’t get any easier after Week 7 for the Knights, who finish the season with Dee-Mack and Tremont and have scored just 72 total points through six games. Stockton’s two victories came against teams with a combined 1-11 record. Stockton 22, Fieldcrest 21

Illini Prairie

Illinois Valley Central (1-5, 1-5) at Bloomington Central Catholic (3-3, 3-3), 7 p.m.: IVC QB Nolin Hulett (335 yards) threw four TD passes last week including a pair each to both Aidan Fulton (185 yards) and David Russell (103 yards). The Saints started the season 3-0 but have lost their last three by an average of 22 points. IVC 14, BCC 13

Lincoln Trail

Princeville (3-3, 2-3) at Abingdon-Avon (6-0, 5-0), 7 p.m.: Running back Denver Hoerr’s 129 yards and TD was one of the lone bright spots last week for the Princes, who managed just six points. A-Town, ranked No. 3 in Class 1A, got a bye week last week when Havana forfeited due to COVID-19. Abingdon-Avon 38, Princeville 18


Farmington (6-0, 5-0) at Elmwood/Brimfield (4-2, 3-2), 7 p.m.: The Class 3A seventh-ranked Farmers, who last lost in the series in Week 7 of the 2015 season, 77-64, have recently dominated the Route 78 rivalry. Elmwood needed a last-second defensive stop last week to complete a comeback victory over Macomb. Farmington 49, Elmwood 21

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