Predicting every Illinois high school football game in the Peoria area for Week 9

The Peoria Lions gather in prayer before the start of the game against Champaign Central on Friday, Oct. 8, 2021 at Peoria Stadium. Peoria High defeated Champaign Central 60-6.
Adam Duvall
Journal Star

Where did the high school football season go?

Week 9 has special meaning, no matter what the outcome. Some teams will play their final regular season game, sending their seniors on their ways. Other teams need wins to clinch a playoff spots or improve on their seeds. Regardless, the finale is here and the playoffs are close.

Last week, the picks in this space were a pretty solid 12-1 (.923) with a 81-26 (.757) season total. Here is a look at all the Week 9 predictions for Peoria-area games:

Big 12

Peoria Notre Dame (6-2, 6-1) vs. Peoria High (6-2, 6-1), 7 p.m. Thursday: The Class 4A No. 8 Irish look to build off last week’s 147 yards and three touchdowns by Will Ludolph and three interceptions by Alex Osmulski. Peoria High, ranked fifth in Class 5A, comes off a bye week and will utilize big-play threat Eddie Clark. Notre Dame 49, Peoria High 48

Richwoods (1-7, 0-6) at Manual (0-8, 0-7), 7 p.m.: The Knights are looking for their first on-field victory following their second shutout of the season last week against Normal West. Manual looks to finish the season strong using the speed and versatility of B.J. Cranford, who had a 77-yard catch and run in Week 8. Richwoods 21, Manual 20

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The Washington Panthers celebrate their 24-14 victory over Metamora on Friday, Oct. 15, 2021 at Babcook Field in Washington.

Metamora (5-3, 3-3) at Canton (2-6, 2-4), 7:30 p.m.: A three-game losing streak after a 5-0 start haunts the Redbirds, who got 174 yards and two TDs from Kaden Hartnett last week. Canton wraps up arguably the toughest three-game stretch in the league following back-to-back shutouts from Washington and Dunlap. Metamora 56, Canton 12

Morton (6-2, 5-1) at Dunlap (5-3, 4-2), 7:30 p.m.: A win by Morton, which saw Seth Glatz return a kick for TD last week, would lock up no less than a share of the Mid-Illini title. Dunlap, which hasn’t given up a point during its three-game win streak and scored an average of 43.3, needs a victory to officially clinch a playoff spot. Morton 35, Dunlap 27

Pekin (6-2, 4-2) at Limestone (1-7, 1-5), 7:30 p.m.: Pekin’s 1-2 punch of Kanye Tyler and Tanner Sprecher turned in a combined 222 rushing yards and five TDs on 11 carries last week for the Dragons, who haven’t won seven games since 2002. A win from Limestone would avoid a second four-game losing streak this season. Pekin 47, Limestone 8

Washington (6-2, 5-1) at East Peoria (0-8, 0-6), 7:30 p.m.: The Class 6A No. 10 Panthers are in the hunt for a share of the M-I title thanks to underrated RB Thomas Borges (167 yards, TD last week). East Peoria QB Damien Brown has been a bright spot for the Raiders this season, getting 102 total yards and TD last week. Washington 55, East Peoria 6

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Farmer City Blue Ridge/DeLand-Weldon (1-7) at Peoria Heights (2-6), 7 p.m.: Heights, which have three times scored 42 points or more at home, look to end the season on a high note, playing on their home turf for sixth time this season. The Knights have scored more than 14 points just once, a 28-point outing in a Week 6 win. Peoria Heights 35, FCBR/D-W 13

Heart of Illinois

Eureka's Ben Jablonski (59) gives teammate Justis Bachman a lift as they celebrate Bachman's touchdown in the first half Friday, Oct. 15, 2021 in Eureka. The Hornets fell to the Downs Tri-Valley Vikings 29-7.

Eureka (5-3, 1-3) at Deer Creek-Mackinaw (6-2, 2-2), 7 p.m.: The Hornets need this win to secure a playoff spot, needing continued big play from Jake Morin. Dee-Mack has found its stride, winning four in a row and big reason for that is Brent Denniston and Lucas Blumeyer, who last week combined for 310 total yards and four TDs. Dee-Mack 13, Eureka 12

Fieldcrest (0-8, 0-4) at Tremont (6-2, 2-2), 7 p.m.: A win this week can only help improve Tremont’s playoff seeding, especially if Shemar Williams runs for nearly 300 yards like he did last week. The Knights have lots to build from for next season including a nice quarterback in sophomore Koltin Kearfott. Tremont 34, Fieldcrest 8

Illini Prairie

Illinois Valley Central (3-5, 3-5) at Rantoul (0-8, 0-8), 7 p.m.: Grey Ghosts senior quarterback Nolin Hulett, who went for 173 yards passing and two TDs along with 96 rushing and another pair of TDs, gets the opportunity to finish out his career on a win. Rantoul has scored 72 points on the season and 12 in the last four games. IVC 42, Rantoul 0

Lincoln Trail

Stark County (1-7, 1-6) at Princeville (4-4, 3-4), 7 p.m.: Since Stark County’s season-opening victory, the Rebels have dropped seven in a row, including a Week 8 shutout. Princeville, which needs a win to become playoff eligible, snapped a two-game losing streak with last week’s win, scoring a season-high 33 points. Princeville 35, Stark County 14


Farmington (8-0, 7-0) at Lewistown (2-6, 2-5), 7 p.m.: The Farmers should be fresh and well-rested following a bye week, looking to resume an offense that has scored at least 41 points in all its games. Lewistown will do its best to send out retiring coach Darren Winkler in his final home with a solid effort. Farmington 49, Lewistown 0

Havana (1-7, 1-6) at Elmwood/Brimfield (5-3, 4-3), 7 p.m.: The Trojans, who have won four of their last five, need this win to clinch a playoff spot following last week’s 42-point bounce back effort against Lewistown. Havana has shown improvement over the last two weeks, losing by just two scores. Elmwood/Brimfield 34, Havana 12

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