Predicting every Illinois high school football game in the Peoria area for Week 7 of 2022
Last week, the high school football picks in this space were a near perfect 13-1 (.929) and are 60-25 (.706) for the season.
Here is a look at all the Week 7 predictions for Peoria-area games. All games are Friday unless noted.
Bloomington (2-4, 2-4) at Peoria High (6-0, 4-0), 7 p.m.: Peoria High has clinched a playoff spot, scoring 60-plus points in its last four games. The Lions are averaging 54.3 points a game and using a stout defense to give up 19.7. Running back Malachi Washington has 1,379 rushing yards and 23 total TDs this season. QB Tino Gist had 225 yards and four TDs in the Week 6 win over Richwoods. Marcus Griffin is a dual-threat QB, but has been playing more RB (313 yards, 3 TDs) lately for Bloomington. Peoria High 56, Bloomington 13
Manual (0-6, 0-5) at Richwoods (1-5, 1-4), 7 p.m.: Manual got its last on-the-field win in Week 9 last season, beating the Knights, 22-20. The Rams had 305 total yards in last week's loss to Normal West. QB Marquis Woodson threw for 244 yards, hooking up with WR Carrion Ferrell for 96 yards. Richwoods put up 235 total yards against Peoria High. The Knights forced a pair of turnovers, a fumble and an interception, last week. Richwoods kicker Zenon Rule booted a pair of field goals last week, hitting one from 37 yards and another from 28 yards. Richwoods 27, Manual 20
Champaign Centennial (6-0, 6-0) at Peoria Notre Dame (3-3, 2-3), 1 p.m. Saturday: PND outgained Champaign Central 420-224 in total yards but only managed eight points. Irish RB Liam Ludolph rushed for 65 yards and an 8-yard TD in the loss. A win improves PND chances to keep its playoff streak alive, dating back to 2011 and across three different classes — Class 4A, 5A and 6A. The Chargers are giving up 16 points a game, giving up 20 points in back-to-back weeks to Manual and Richwoods. This game is at Richwoods Stadium. Centennial 35, PND 28
Metamora (3-3, 2-2) at Limestone (0-6, 0-4), 7:30 p.m.: The Redbirds look to bounce back following last week's 55-13 loss to Pekin. That was just the fourth time Metamora had given up 50 or more points in program history. Metamora RB Nick Rhoades scored on a fourth-quarter 43-yard TD run. QB Caleb Bieneman scored Limestone's first TD since Week 3 with a 3-yard keeper last week against Morton. Metamora 42, Limestone 12
Pekin (6-0, 4-0) at Canton (1-5, 1-3), 7:30 p.m.: The Dragons have the inside track on winning the Mid-Illini. Pekin, which has the Little Giants, Limestone and East Peoria left on the schedule, is averaging 39.2 a game. Tanner Sprecher (194 yards, 3 TDs) and Kanye Tyler (130 yards, 3 TDs) helped the Dragons rush for 415 yards. Canton committed three turnovers and rolled up 251 total yards last week against Dunlap. Pekin 35, Canton 8
Dunlap (4-2, 3-1) at Washington (3-3, 3-1), 7:30 p.m.: Last season, the Eagles beat Washington, 21-17. Dunlap comes off a 38-point output with 439 total yards (325 passing, 114 rushing). WR Graham Glover went off for 269 yards and three TDs on nine catches. The Panthers held EP last week to 62 total yards, while rolling up 476 yards including 378 rushing. Kainon McQueary had 271 rushing yards and four TDs for Washington. Dunlap 22, Washington 21
Morton (3-3, 2-2) at East Peoria (2-4, 1-3), 7:30 p.m.: The Potters had no problem putting up yards against Limestone last week. RB Carl Whitaker (106 yards, TD), QB Jude Hart (183 passing, 3 TDs; 80 rushing) and WR Micah Wong (85 receiving yards, TD) helped Morton total 423 total yards (240 rushing, 183 passing). Raiders RB Gabriel Zeigler-Harris had a pick-6 last week against Washington. Last season, the Potters beat East Peoria, 56-20. Morton 48, East Peoria 18
HEART OF ILLINOIS
Deer Creek-Mackinaw (2-4) at Le Roy (3-3), 7 p.m.: Dee-Mack pounded it on the ground with 337 yards paced by 149 yards and three TDs by RB Lucas Blumeyer. After a 2-1 start, Le Roy has dropped two of its last three and scored a combined 29 points in those two losses. Last season, Dee-Mack beat the Panthers, 28-27. Dee-Mack 35, Le Roy 14
Colfax Ridgeview/Lexington (6-0) at Eureka (6-0), 7 p.m.: The Hornets defense has allowed 10 total points and gone 23 consecutive quarters without allowing a TD. QB Jake Morin had a monster game — 329 passing yards and two TDs with 105 rushing yards and TD. The Mustangs are giving up 11.5 points a game. Eureka 13, Colfax Ridgeview/Lexington 12
Tremont (1-5) at Nokomis (2-4), 7 p.m.: The Turks are still finding their footing offensively, scoring 8.3 points a game. QB Blaine Williams was the leading rusher with 33 yards against Dee-Mack last week. Nokomis started the season 0-3 but is 2-1 since with a 28-14 win over HOI member Heyworth. Nokomis 28, Tremont 20
Fieldcrest (1-5) at Stockton (2-4), 2 p.m. Saturday: The Knights are still looking for their first on-the-field win, scoring 28 points this season. Fieldcrest QB Brady Ruestman threw for 106 passing yards in Week 6. Stockton scored 64 points in a Week 5 win over Savanna West Carroll. Last season, the Blackhawks beat Stockton, 63-6. Stockton 28, Fieldcrest 8
Elmwood/Brimfield (4-2, 4-1) at Farmington (4-2, 4-1), 7 p.m.: This could be the Peoria area's best game this week. Farmers RB Rese Shymansky (197 yards, 3 TDs) and Gage Renken (149 yards, 2 TDs) ran all over Rushville-Industry last week. Bo Windish (76 yards) and Aiden Frail (75 yards, 3 TDs including a 60-yard pick-6) led the E/B run game. The Farmers hold a six-game series win streak. Last season, Farmington beat the Trojans, 44-8. Elmwood/Brimfield 28, Farmington 27
Bloomington Central Catholic (4-2, 4-2) at Illinois Valley Central (1-5, 0-5), 7 p.m.: The Grey Ghosts collected a forfeit victory last week with Urbana not fielding a varsity team. BCC has a tough rush offense, rolling up 365 yards with 26 first downs in a 42-point output against St. Joseph-Ogden. Last season, IVC beat the Saints, 34-13. BCC 42, IVC 14
Abingdon-Avon (1-5, 0-4) at Princeville (2-4, 1-4), 7 p.m.: Princeville scored 14 first-half points — a 16-yard TD catch from Jordan Johnson and Tayshaun Kieser's 43-yard score — in last week's 51-14 loss to Aledo Mercer County. Abingdon-Avon is on a three-game losing streak, scoring 27 points. Last season, A-Town beat Princeville, 18-7. Princeville 35, Abingdon-Avon 13
West Prairie/Augusta Southeastern (3-3) at Peoria Heights (1-5), 7 p.m.: Heights couldn't overcome six turnovers in Week 6, but did have 197 passing yards. The Patriots have scored at least 12 points in three games including 28 in Week 2. West Prairie is on a two-game win streak including a 49-point output last week. WP/AS 48, Peoria Heights 15
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