Predicting every Illinois high school football game in the Peoria area for Week 8 of 2022
Last week, the high school football picks in this space were a pedestrian 10-4 (.714) and are 80-24 (.769) for the season.
Here is a look at all the Week 8 predictions for Peoria-area games. All games are Friday unless noted.
Peoria High (7-0, 5-0) at Normal West (6-1, 5-0), 7 p.m.: Peoria High and Normal West are two of three remaining Big 12 Conference teams undefeated in league play, along with Champaign Centennial (7-0). The Lions are coming off a big defensive effort in Week 7 against Bloomington, allowing 11 yards and no points. Peoria High running back Malachi Washington produced another big game with 313 yards and three touchdowns. Seven Lions wideouts caught a pass including two TDs by TQ Webb. The Wildcats have allowed 18 total points in five Big 12 games. Peoria High 62, Normal West 27
Danville (4-3, 3-3) at Richwoods (1-6, 1-5), 7 p.m.: Richwoods looks to bounce back following last week's 26-point loss to Manual. The Knights had jumped out to a two-score lead against the Rams thanks to a TD catch from Jaivyn Moore and a pick-6 by Mario King. Richwoods, which had 202 total yards (103 rushing, 99 passing), forced three Rams turnovers. Danville's three losses came to the Big 12 league leaders. DB Tevyn Henderson picked off three interceptions, while RB Tommy Harris Jr. rushed for 116 yards and TDs for the Vikings. Danville 35, Richwoods 21
Normal Community (4-3, 4-2) at Peoria Notre Dame (3-4, 2-4), 1 p.m. Saturday: Notre Dame saw itself up 20-7 at halftime on Champaign Centennial before losing 28-20. RB Jerrimiah Flores was responsible for one of the TDs. The Irish need to win out against Normal Community and Peoria High to become playoff eligible. Brady Augstin did a little bit of everything last week for the Ironmen. The junior had an interception, recovered a fumble, had a TD pass and a TD run. Last season, Normal Community beat the Irish, 29-22. Normal Community 42, PND 35
Marengo (3-4) at Manual (1-6), 1 p.m. Saturday: Manual picked up its first win of the season last week, beating Richwoods for a second consecutive year. The Rams trailed twice in the first half before scoring 30 unanswered points. Manual QB Marquis Woodson rushed for four TDs, while RB Namolos Thompson had two TDs and WR Carrion Ferrell caught a TD with 124 yards. Marengo QB Josh Holst, who missed last week with an injury, is a Division-I prospect, holding an offer from Butler and taking visits to Iowa State and Northern Illinois. Marengo 49, Manual 48
Limestone (0-7, 0-5) at Pekin (7-0, 5-0), 7:30 p.m.: State-ranked Pekin extends its regular-season win streak to 10 with a 63-point output against Canton in Week 7. A win this week gives the Dragons at least a share of the Mid-Illini Conference championship. RB Kanye Tyler scored five TDs to go with 162 yards, returning an 80-yard kickoff return for a score as well as a 60-yard TD pass from QB Scotty Jordan. The Rockets, who have scored seven points in back-to-back weeks, capped last week's loss to Metamora with a four-yard TD run from Jacob McBride. Pekin 49, Limestone 7
Washington (4-3, 4-1) at Canton (1-6, 1-4), 7:30 p.m.: A win makes Washington, which is riding a three-game win streak, playoff eligible for the 15th year in a row. The Panthers stepped up big time on defense in Week 7, giving up 110 total yards (72 passing, 38 rushing) to Dunlap. MLB Jase Harlan recorded 10 tackles to go with three for a loss and a sack for the Panthers. The Little Giants, who are averaging 18.1 points a game, collected 212 total yards (132 passing, 80 rushing) and scored 18 points in last week's loss to Pekin. Washington 48, Canton 13
Dunlap (4-3, 3-2) at Morton (4-3, 3-2), 7:30 p.m.: Dunlap saw its three-game win streak snapped last week, getting only 110 total yards against Washington. QB Madyn Burke passed for 72 yards, while RB Brayden Orr (53 rushing yards) and WR Graham Glover (60 receiving yards) make up three dangerous Dunlap players. The Eagles' lone TD came in Week 7 on a Gabe Munoz scoop and score midway through the first quarter. Morton had a bye week in Week 7, taking a forfeit victory from East Peoria. Last season, Morton beat the Eagles, 42-7. Morton 21, Dunlap 14
Metamora (5-3, 4-2) def. East Peoria (2-6, 1-5) by forfeit: The Redbirds become playoff eligible after East Peoria announced it will forfeit this game. Last week, Metamora bounced back from the Pekin loss to score 42 points against Limestone. RB Kam Davis had a breakout game, rushing for 141 yards on 11 carries with three TDs. QB Kaden Hartnett continued his offensive tear, throwing for two TDs on four completions with 185 yards.
HEART OF ILLINOIS
Fieldcrest (1-6, 0-3) at Deer Creek-Mackinaw (3-4, 1-2), 7 p.m.: Dee-Mack has ridden RB Lucas Blumeyer, who went for 234 yards and four TDs in a 44-6 win against over Le Roy. The Knights are still looking for their first on-the-field victory following a 12-point output last week. Last season, the Chiefs beat Fieldcrest, 36-0. Dee-Mack 48, Fieldcrest 12
Eureka (6-1, 3-0) at Downs Tri-Valley (6-1, 3-0), 7 p.m.: A 10-yard TD run by Jake Morin gave the Hornets an early lead before Colfax Ridgeview/Lexington ran off 21 unanswered points. Tri-Valley, which lost to CR/L in Week 3, has given up 34 points over the last four weeks. Last season, the Vikings beat Eureka, 29-7. Eureka 8, Downs Tri-Valley 7
El Paso-Gridley (5-2, 2-1) at Tremont (1-6, 0-3), 7 p.m.: EP-G got 356 total yards last week behind QB Kamren Schumacher (126 yards, 2 TDs) and RB Dax Gentes (124 yards, 3 TDs). Tremont is on a six-game losing streak, having scored 10.3 points per game in that span. Last season, the Turks beat EP-G, 27-19. El Paso-Gridley 40, Tremont 13
Lewistown (0-7) at Elmwood/Brimfield (4-3), 7 p.m.: Elmwood needs a win to become playoff eligible, using 55 receiving yards and a TD from Aiden Frail in last week's loss to Farmington. Lewistown hasn't scored more than 14 points this season. Last season, the Trojans beat Lewistown, 42-14. Elmwood/Brimfield 34, Lewistown 14
South Fulton (2-5, 2-5) at Farmington (5-2, 5-1), 7 p.m.: The Farmers are playoff eligible behind QB Gage Renken's four TDs and 196 yards in last week's win over Elmwood/Brimfield. After a 2-2 start, SF is on a three-game losing streak and giving up 32 points a game. Last season, Farmington won by forfeit over the Rebels. Farmington 56, South Fulton 6
Illinois Valley Central (1-6, 0-6) at Pontiac (1-6, 0-6), 7 p.m.: QBs Nate Dennison (157 yards, TD) and Aidan Fulton (2 total TDs) nearly gave IVC its first on-the-field victory last week, losing 17-13 to Bloomington Central Catholic. Pontiac hasn't scored the last three weeks. Last season, the Grey Ghosts beat Pontiac, 34-19. IVC 35, Pontiac 6
Ashton Franklin Center (4-3) at Peoria Heights (1-6), 7 p.m.: The Patriots' 26 points last week were the most scored by the Heights since Week 2. After an 0-2 start, AFC has run off four wins in its last five games including last week's 26-8 win over Galva. Last season, Peoria Heights beat the Raiders, 52-8. A-F-C 42, Peoria Heights 20
Princeville (3-4) at Melrose Park Walther Lutheran (0-7), 1 p.m. Saturday: Princeville still has a chance to become playoff eligible, getting 42 points last week including four TDs by Tayshaun Keiser. QB Logan Carruthers went 10-for-14 with 193 yards and 2 TDs in the Week 7 win. MPWL has been shut out four times. Princeville 48, Walther Lutheran 12
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