FOOTBALL

Predicting every Illinois high school football game in the Peoria area for Week 6 of 2022

Adam Duvall
Journal Star
The Metamora Redbirds take the field against Canton on Friday, Sept. 23, 2022 in Metamora. The Redbirds face Pekin in a key Mid-Illini Conference game Friday night.

Last week, the high school football picks in this space were an improved 12-3 (.800) and are 57-24 (.704) for the season.

Here is a look at all the Week 6 predictions for Peoria-area games. All games are Friday unless noted.

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BIG 12

Peoria High (5-0, 3-0) at Richwoods (1-4, 1-3), 6 p.m. Thursday: The Lions, who just played on Saturday, are rolling on offense and defense, accounting for 517 total yards. RB Malachi Washington is coming off 245 rushing yards and six total TDs against Manual. Richwoods pitched a first-half shutout with three turnovers last week against Normal West. The Knights, however, couldn't get it going on offense, tallying just 84 total yards. This game will be at Richwoods Stadium. Last season, the Lions beat Richwoods, 62-27. Peoria High 63, Richwoods 20

Normal West (4-1, 4-0) at Manual (0-5, 0-4), 7 p.m.: Manual has settled in offense with QB Marquis Woodson (132 passing yards, 4 TDs), 102 rushing yards spread over three RBs, WRs Carrion Ferrell (47 yards, 2 TDs) and Bryson Cast (47 yards, TD). The Rams are averaging 23 points a game in Big 12 Conference play. West rushed for 242 yards against Richwoods paced by Jayden Mangruem (81 yards) and Brock Leenerman (two TDs). In 2019, the Wildcats beat Manual, 35-6. This game will be at Peoria Stadium. Normal West 49, Manual 13

Peoria Notre Dame (3-2, 2-2) at Champaign Central (1-4, 0-3), 7 p.m.: Both of the Irish's on-the-field wins saw PND score 40 points. Last week, Jack Hanley scored an early TD, then added a nice 45-yard score as a part of the nonconference victory. Jerrimiah Flores also found the end zone for the Irish, who have four Big 12 games. Look for Central to utilize RB Kentrell James and Pitho Bwandundu, who had an 80-yard TD last week. In 2019, the Irish beat Champaign Central, 63-47. PND 42, Champaign Central 22

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MID-ILLINI

Morton (2-3, 1-2) at Limestone (0-5, 0-3), 7:30 p.m.: The Potters look to snap a two-game skid following Pekin's late stop in a 14-7 loss. Morton RB Carl Whitaker has been carrying the load, including 113 rushing yards last week. The Rockets had 56 total yards and gave up 49 points against Washington in Week 5. Limestone LB Izzy Aguilar-Nunez did have an interception last week. Last season, Morton beat the Rockets, 54-6. Morton 49, Limestone 14

Canton (1-4, 1-2) at Dunlap (3-2, 2-1), 7:30 p.m.: The Eagles have put up back-to-back shutouts, while outscoring Limestone and East Peoria, 90-0. Dunlap QB Madyn Burke (139 yards, TD), RB Brayden Orr (88 yards, 3 TDs) and WR Graham Glover (91 yards, 2 TDs) lead the offense. Canton RB LaShawn Wallace went for 118 total yards and a TD in last week's loss to Metamora. Last season, the Eagles beat Canton, 48-0. Dunlap 40, Canton 15

Washington (2-3, 2-1) at East Peoria (2-3, 1-2), 7:30 p.m.: Three Panthers got 100-plus rushing yards last week — Kainon McQueary (151 yards, 2 TDs), Jacob Walker (122 yards, 2 TDs) and Jake Stewart (109 yards, 2 TDs). The Panthers are putting up 46.5 points a game in the two wins. EP RB Gabriel Zeigler-Harris (31 yards) looks to bounce back from Week 5's loss to Dunlap. Last season, Washington beat the Raiders, 43-0. Washington 55, East Peoria 12

Metamora (3-2, 2-1) at Pekin (5-0, 3-0), 7:30 p.m.: This is the game of the week in the Mid-Illini. The Dragons, who are wrapping up a tough four-week schedule with Metamora, continue to roll out the 1-2 punch of Kanye Tyler (115 yards, TD) and Tanner Sprecher (93 yards, TD). Metamora will try to unleash QB Kaden Hartnett (223 yards, 4 TDs) on a Pekin defense, giving up 19.2 points a game. Last season, Pekin the Redbirds, 35-28. Pekin 42, Metamora 34

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HEART OF ILLINOIS

Tremont (1-4, 0-2) at Deer Creek-Mackinaw (1-4, 0-2), 6 p.m.: The Chiefs, who took a forfeit win last week, need to win out in order to become playoff eligible. Same is the case for Tremont, which last week got an opening drive TD from Ty Fuller before losing to Madison, 24-14. Last season, Dee-Mack beat the Turks, 12-0. Dee-Mack 28, Tremont 22

Eureka (5-0, 2-0) at El Paso-Gridley (4-1, 2-0), 7 p.m.: State-ranked Eureka continues to cruise this season, outscoring its opponents, 230-7 with four shutouts. QB Jake Morin accounted for six TDs in Week 5. The Titans played in back-to-back single-digit games prior to last week's loss. Last season, EP-G beat the Hornets, 14-9. Eureka 28, El Paso-Gridley 9

Fieldcrest (1-4, 0-2) at Downs Tri-Valley (4-1, 2-0), 7 p.m.: The Knights, who have scored 28 points this season, got rushing TDs from Brady Ruestman and Eddie Lorton in a Week 5 defeat to Le Roy. Tri-Valley's four wins have come by averaging 41.3 points a game. Last season, Tri-Valley beat the Knights, 54-6. Downs Tri-Valley 48, Fieldcrest 6

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PRAIRIELAND

Macomb (5-0, 4-0) at Elmwood/Brimfield (4-1, 4-0), 7 p.m.: Macomb QB Jack Duncan (307 yards, 5 TDs) and WR JT Jeter (186 yards, 3 TDs) had big games in last week's win over Farmington. QB Oliver Heinz tossed 105 yards and two TDs in a Week 5 win for the Trojans. Last season, the Trojans beat Macomb, 22-18. Macomb 27, Elmwood/Brimfield 8

Farmington (3-2, 3-1) at Rushville-Industry (3-2, 3-2), 7 p.m.: Farmington looks to bounce back after a five-turnover game and 156 total yards in a loss to Macomb. The Rockets are on a three-game win streak and have put up an average of 40 points Last season, Farmington beat the Rockets, 51-12. Farmington 35, Rushville 19

ILLINI PRAIRIE

Illinois Valley Central (1-5): The Grey Ghosts pick up a forfeit win after not being able to find a replacement for Urbana, which decided to play only junior varsity games this season.

LINCOLN TRAIL

Princeville (2-3, 1-3) at Aledo Mercer County (4-1, 3-1), 7 p.m.: Princeville scored 52 points last week — its biggest output of the season — including a TD catch by Marcus Daily. The Golden Eagles are on a three-game win streak, scoring 48 points last week. Last season, Mercer County beat the Princes, 32-6. Aledo Mercer County 36, Princeville 22

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8-PLAYER

Peoria Heights (1-4) at Cambridge Ridgewood (4-1), 1 p.m. Saturday: Ridgewood has not scored less than 34 this season including back-to-back 50-plus point outings to open the season. Heights was awarded a Week 1 forfeit victory after previously given a no contest. Cambridge Ridgewood 55, Peoria Heights 8

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