Predicting every Illinois high school football game in the Peoria area for Week 5 of 2022
Correction: Last season, Eureka beat Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley, 29-7. The winning team was incorrect in previous versions of this story.
Last week, the high school football picks in this space were a decent 11-4 (.733) and are 45-21 (.682) for the season.
Here is a look at all the Week 5 predictions for Peoria-area games. All games are Friday unless noted.
Granite City (1-3) at Peoria Notre Dame (2-2), 7 p.m.: Despite getting 333 total yards, PND lost to rival Richwoods in Week 4. Irish backs Liam Ludolph (156 yards, TD), Jack Hanley (91 yards, TD) and Jerrimiah Flores (95 yards, two TDs) led the offense. The Warriors are an independent team, scoring 51 points in their first win last week. This game will be played at Richwoods Stadium. Peoria Notre Dame 48, Granite City 15
Richwoods (1-3, 1-2) at Normal West (3-1, 3-0), 7 p.m.: The Knights snapped a 16-game on-the-field losing streak with last Friday’s 48-35 win over rival PND. Kaizon Davis, Cory Wysinger, Buddy Jackson, Tyson Dougherty and Greg Burnside all scored touchdowns for the Knights. Fill-in Normal West QB Tanner Cupples went for 259 total yards with four TDs in last week’s loss to Richmond-Burton. Normal West 49, Richwoods 48
Manual (0-4, 0-3) at Peoria High (4-0, 2-0), 1 p.m. Saturday: Peoria High has given up 19.5 points per game. RB Malachi Washington (252 rushing yards, four TDs), QB Tino Gist (249 passing yards, four TDs) and WR Ricky Hearn (166 receiving yards, TD) helped give the Lions 638 total yards. Rams WR London Tolliver had 56 receiving yards in last week’s loss to Class 5A second-ranked Kankakee. This game is at Peoria Stadium. Peoria High 63, Manual 14
Limestone (0-4, 0-2) at Washington (1-3, 1-1), 7:30 p.m.: The Panthers, whose offense had 269 total yards, look to bounce back after last week’s loss to Pekin. QB Jake Stewart threw for 171 yards and three TDs, while also rushing for a TD. Panther WR Seth Carbaugh caught four balls with two TDs and 81 yards in Week 4. Limestone was shut out last week following a 20-point output in Week 3. Last season, Washington beat the Rockets, 45-0. Washington 48, Limestone 6
Canton (1-3, 1-1) at Metamora (2-2, 1-1), 7:30 p.m.: Metamora produced its highest offensive output of the season, scoring 38 points with 318 total yards. QB Kaden Hartnett (147 rushing, 3 TDs) and RB Kam Davis (100 yards) were the catalysts for the Redbirds. After scoring 34 total points through the first three weeks, the Little Giants scored 41 points last week for their first win of the season. Last season, Canton beat the Redbirds, 35-30. Metamora 35, Canton 28
East Peoria (2-2, 1-1) at Dunlap (2-2, 1-1), 7:30 p.m.: Dunlap snapped a two-game skid, using a defense that allowed no points to Limestone. Johnny Bargen stepped in as the Eagles QB, finding WR Graham Glover for a 32-yard TD in the third quarter. The Raiders were shutout last week following back-to-back weeks where EP scored at least 32 points. Last season, the Eagles beat EP, 42-0. Dunlap 48, East Peoria 12
Pekin (4-0, 2-0) at Morton (2-2, 1-1), 7:30 p.m.: Pekin continues to roll through its schedule, putting up 41.5 points per game. The Dragons got 529 total yards against Washington led by QB Scotty Jordan (246 yards, 2 TDs), Bo Benassi (161 yards, TD), Tanner Sprecher (126 yards, 3 TDs) and Kanye Tyler (157 yards, 2 TDs). Morton RB Carl Whitaker has been a workhorse, running for 224 yards and two TDs last week. Last season, the Potters beat Pekin, 20-13. Pekin 35, Morton 21
HEART OF ILLINOIS
Eureka (4-0) at Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley (3-1), 7 p.m.: Eureka has gone 15 consecutive quarters without giving up a point, equating to 185 minutes and 51 seconds of game time. Eureka WR Justis Bachman scored a pair of long TDs. GCMS has played three games after a Week 2 forfeit win. Last season, Eureka beat GCMS, 29-7. Eureka 15, GCMS 0
Le Roy (2-2, 1-1) at Fieldcrest (1-3, 0-2), 7 p.m.: Fieldcrest is still searching for its first on-the-field win. Knights RB Eddie Lorton rushed for 55 yards last week against Eureka. The Panthers scored 40 points in a Week 2 victory over Heyworth. Last season, Le Roy beat the Knights, 34-18. Le Roy 21, Fieldcrest 18
Madison (1-2) at Tremont (1-3), 7 p.m.: Following a Week 1 victory, Tremont has gone 0-3 and scored just 22 total points. Tremont has given up 118 total points this season. The Trojans don’t play in a conference, getting their lone win in Week 3 by scoring 34 points in back-to-back weeks. Tremont 56, Madison 35
Deer Creek-Mackinaw (1-4): The Chiefs will collect a forfeit victory after not getting a replacement opponent when Fisher decided to play only junior varsity this season.
Elmwood/Brimfield (3-1, 3-0) at Hamilton West Hancock (0-4, 0-3), 7 p.m.: Elmwood suffered its first loss of the season despite getting yet another 100-yard rushing game by Aiden Frail (106 yards, TD). The Titans have scored just 18 total points through the first four weeks. Last season, E/B beat West Hancock, 52-18. E/B 48, West Hancock 6
Farmington (3-1, 3-0) at Macomb (4-0, 3-0), 7 p.m.: Farmington, which had 449 total yards last week, allowed just 100 total yards (80 passing, 20 rushing) in Week 4. Macomb has given up 12 total points in its three Prairieland Conference games. Last season, Farmington beat the Bombers, 53-6. Farmington 28, Macomb 21
Illinois Valley Central (0-4, 0-4) at Fairbury Prairie Central (4-0, 4-0), 7 p.m.: Grey Ghosts RB Andrew Burwell rushed for 124 yards in tallying 299 total yards in last week's loss. Both IVC QBs Nate Dennison and Bryce Ratcliff threw TDs. State-ranked Prairie Central is scoring 48 points per game. Last season, the Hawks beat IVC, 12-7. Prairie Central 35, IVC 15
Lewistown/Valley/Cuba (0-4) at Princeville (1-3), 7 p.m.: Princeville, which scored 18 points in Week 4, continues to get good offensive production out of WR Jordan Johnson and RB Tayshaun Kieser. The Miners scored a season-high 12 points in Week 4. Last season, Princeville claimed a forfeit victory over Lewistown. Princeville 35, Lewistown 14
Peoria Heights (0-3) at Bushnell-Prairie City (1-3), 7 p.m.: Heights, which didn't have a game in Week 1, scored 28 points the following, then 14 points last week. Bushnell has had no problem scoring points, putting up 32.5 a game including 57 in Week 3. Last season, the Patriots beat B-PC, 48-28. Peoria Heights 20, B-PC 14
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