FOOTBALL

Predicting every Illinois high school football game in the Peoria area for Week 3 of 2022

Adam Duvall
Journal Star

Last week, the picks in this space went an improved 13-5 (.722) and are 22-13 (.629) for the season.

Here is a look at all the Week 3 high school football predictions for Peoria-area games. All games are Friday unless noted.

BIG 12

Peoria High (2-0) at Cahokia (1-1), 7 p.m.: The Lions picked up this game following Urbana deciding to only play junior varsity this season. Last week, Peoria High put up 451 total yards (299 passing, 152 rushing) and gave up just 93 yards in last week's 36-16 win over Danville. Malachi Washington continued his hot start, running for 124 yards and two touchdowns. Lions QB Tino Gist threw for 294 yards and two TDs — hitting TQ Webb (196 yards) for both scores. The Comanches plays at home for the first time in 2022 after giving up 53 points in Week 2. Peoria High 48, Cahokia 15

Danville (1-1, 0-1) at Manual (0-2, 0-2), 7 p.m.: The Rams held a six-point lead against Champaign Centennial before giving up 55 unanswered in a 69-20 win in Week 2. Manual junior Demarcus Lucas had a 54-yard pick-6 in the second quarter. Rams QB London Tolliver and WR Carrion Ferrell hooked up for a TD right before the opening quarter ended. Danville scored 16 points but had just 93 total yards — 40 rushing by Tommy Harris Jr. — in a Week 2 loss to Peoria High. Last season, Danville beat the Rams, 16-6. This game is at Peoria Stadium. Danville 28, Manual 27

Bloomington (1-1, 1-1) at Peoria Notre Dame (2-0, 2-0), 7 p.m.: The Irish are coming off a bye in Week 2, not being able to find a replacement team after Urbana dropped its 2022 varsity schedule. In a 40-38 win over Manual in Week 1, the 1-2 backfield of Jack Hanley (100 yards) and Jerrimiah Flores (69 yards) combined for five rushing TDs. The Purple Raiders managed minus-25 rushing yards and QB Marcus Griffin threw for 41 in last week's 46-0 loss to Normal West. Last season, PND beat Bloomington, 24-6. This game is at Richwoods Stadium. PND 42, Bloomington 35

Richwoods (0-2, 0-1) at Champaign Centennial (2-0, 2-0), 7 p.m.: Richwoods is looking for its first on-the-field victory since Week 7 of the 2019 season. Knights QB Greg Burnside hit David Webster for a 31-yard TD and Kaizon Davis rushed for an 85-yard TD were the only scores in a 45-13 loss to Morton. The Chargers saw QB Kellen Davis go 5-for-7 for 174 yards and two TDs, while Brandon Harvey rushed for two scores for 103 in beating Manual, 69-20 in Week 2. Richwoods last beat Centennial, 41-17 in Week 3 of the 2019 season. Centennial 48, Richwoods 35

More sports:What we learned: 4 takeaways from Week 2 high school football around Peoria

MID-ILLINI

Limestone (0-2) at East Peoria (1-1), 7:30 p.m.: The long losing streak for East Peoria — 26 games — is gone after Gabriel Zeigler-Harris led the Raiders to a 32-26 win over Aurora Central Catholic. The senior running back totaled 173 yards with five TDs in the victory. The Raiders now look to end a 21-game league losing skid. Limestone's two TDs came from passes by Caleb Bieneman, who found Chase Harper and Henry Pardick for scores. Last season, the Rockets beat EP, 36-22. East Peoria 15, Limestone 14

Morton's Seandon Buffington runs against Richwoods in the second half Friday, Sept. 2, 2022 in Morton.

Canton (0-2) at Morton (1-1), 7:30 p.m.: Morton has a trio of backs in Carl Whitaker (118 yards, three TDs), Bret Michel (94 yards, TD) and Jude Hart (89 yards, TD) that played well in last week's 45-13 win over Richwoods. The Potters rushed for 294 of their 354 total yards. Canton's defense gave up six total TDs in a 41-20 loss last week to Marengo QB Josh Holst. All three of Canton's wins last season came in Mid-Illini play. Last season, the Potters beat Canton, 48-27. Morton 35, Canton 27

Pekin (2-0) at Dunlap (1-1), 7:30 p.m.: Offense was no problem for Pekin in Week 2's 33-22 road victory over Belleville East. The Dragons had 355 total yards (222 rushing, 133 passing) including three TD passes by Scotty Jordan. Defense, however, was even better for the Dragons, who forced three turnovers including two interceptions. Dunlap lost to Rock Island 26-13 last week, but got a TD pass by Madyn Burke and used a scoring TD by Brayden Orr, who had 117 rushing yards at halftime. Last season, the Dragons beat Dunlap, 27-7. Pekin 55, Dunlap 20

Metamora (1-1) at Washington (0-2), 7:30 p.m.: The rivalry is back for the Redbirds and Panthers. QB Preston Nelson III has taken over the offense for the Panthers, who scored seven total points in the first two weeks. Metamora used 160 total yards and two rushing TDs from QB Kaden Hartnett in last week's 16-8 win over LaSalle-Peru. Metamora holds the all-time Mid-Illini regular season series, 21-19. Last season, the Panthers beat Metamora, 24-14. Metamora 8, Washington 7

HEART OF ILLINOIS

Deer Creek-Mackinaw (0-2) at Ottawa Marquette (2-0), 7 p.m.: Dee-Mack gets another 2021 playoff qualifier on its schedule following last week's 33-12 loss to Downs Tri-Valley. Chiefs RB Brent Denniston rushed for only 11 yards on 10 carries, but he had a five-yard TD run against Tri-Valley. Marquette's defense allowed only 59 total yards in last week's 41-0 win over Chicago Christian. Last season, the Chiefs beat Marquette, 40-36. Ottawa Marquette 34, Dee-Mack 32

Heyworth (1-1) at Eureka (2-0), 7 p.m.: Eureka seems to be just finding its stride offensively, beating Tremont, 50-0 in Week 2. QB Jake Morin went for 209 total yards (185 passing, 24 rushing) and passed for two TDs to Camron Manning and Drew Dingledine. Heyworth has scored 50 and given up 40 in its first two weeks of action. Last season, Eureka beat Heyworth, 42-0. Eureka 55, Heyworth 8

Tremont (1-1) at LeRoy (1-1), 7 p.m.: The Turks look to bounce back following a 50-0 loss to Eureka. Tremont didn't cross midfield last week, while achieving only five first downs and 92 total yards. QB Blaine Williams was the lone bright spot offensively, rushing for 24 yards on five carries. The Panthers came alive offensively last week, beating Heyworth, 40-7. Last season, the Turks beat LeRoy, 42-12. Tremont 27, Le Roy 12

Eureka's Drew Dingeldine upends Tremont running back Ty Fuller in the first half Friday, Sept. 2, 2022 in Tremont.

Fieldcrest (1-2): The Knights will take a forfeit victory after not finding a replacement when Fisher decided to play only junior varsity this season.

More sports:The Peoria area's top performances from Week 2 of the high school football season

PRAIRIELAND

South Fulton (1-1, 0-2) at Elmwood/Brimfield (2-0, 2-0), 7 p.m.: Elmwood/Brimfield again used its defense in Week 2, beating Rushville-Industry, 20-6. The Trojans did give up 257 rushing yards but only allowed one score. E/B RB Aiden Frail rushed for a 48-yard TD as part of a 114-yard day. SF lost to Macomb last week, 40-6, scoring 38 points in a Week 1 win over West Hancock. Last season, South Fulton beat the Trojans, 34-22. Elmwood/Brimfield 38, South Fulton 6

Farmington (1-1, 1-0) at Hamilton West Hancock (0-2, 0-1), 7 p.m.: Farmington responded in a big way following the Week 1 loss to Aledo Mercer County. QB Gage Renken seems to have rediscovered his offensive flow. The senior threw for 125 yards and two TDs, while also adding a 1-yard keeper in the second quarter. West Hancock's defense gave up 60 points last week. Last season, the Farmers beat West Hancock, 61-20. Farmington 55, West Hancock 8

ILLINI PRAIRIE

Illinois Valley Central (0-2, 0-2) at Tolono Unity (1-1, 1-1), 7 p.m.: IVC needs to tighten it up on defense, surrendering 367 total yards (227 passing, 140 rushing) in Week 2. Tight end David Russell caught an 11-yard TD as IVC was up 8-0 on Monticello, which then scored 38 unanswered. The Rockets feature sophomore RB Garrett Richardson, who ran for 239 yards and five TDs in last week's 50-7 win over St. Joseph. Last season, Unity beat the Ghosts, 55-21. Unity 26, IVC 13

LINCOLN TRAIL

Princeville (1-1, 1-1) at Annawan/Wethersfield (2-0, 1-0), 7 p.m.: Princeville got its offense going thanks to an 83-yard touchdown pass from Logan Carruthers to Jordan Johnson. The Princes rolled up 311 total yards paced by Torrence Kieser's 112 rushing yards and a 79-yard kickoff return. A/W has scored 95 points and given up 22 in its first two games. Last season, the Princes beat Wethersfield, 9-8. Wethersfield 34, Princeville 14

8-PLAYER

Peoria Heights (0-1) at Kincaid South Fork (1-1), 6 p.m. Saturday: This is just the Heights' second game following a Week 1 bye, which didn't count as a victory as previously reported. The Patriots, who scored 20 second-quarter points, lost to Galva, 48-28 in Week 2 but had 178 passing yards and 79 rushing yards. South Fork squeezed out a Week 2 win over Danville Schlarman, 38-32 after a Week 1 loss to Pawnee, 26-8. Peoria Heights 20, South Fork 18

Adam Duvall is a Journal Star sports reporter. Email him at aduvall@pjstar.com. Follow him on Twitter @AdamDuvall.