Homewood-Flossmoor (6-3) at Marist (7-2), 7 p.m. Friday. Quick take: Terrific first-round matchup, one that pits two quarterbacks (H-F’s Tim Williams and Marist’s Ian Woodworth) and two explosive offensives. First team to 50 wins? Pick: Marist.
Sandburg (6-3) at Brother Rice (6-3), 7 p.m. Friday. Quick take: Sandburg has the defensive front to make life tough on Brother Rice running backs Andrew Walker and Martez Walker. Stop them? That’s another story. Pick: Brother Rice.
Plainfield South (5-4) at Lincoln-Way East (9-0), 7 p.m. Friday. Quick take: Look for Lincoln-Way East to put the pedal to the metal here in a bid to get its starters out early. Griffins will face Providence or Wheaton Warrenville South in Round 2. Pick: Lincoln-Way East.
Providence Catholic (6-3) at Wheaton Warrenville South (6-3), 7 p.m. Friday. Quick take: Mount Carmel. Check. Wheaton Warrenville South. Check. Lincoln-Way East? Up next? The Celtics’ schedule is daunting. Little Brandon Price (5-6) is hard to find running behind a big offensive line. Tigers will hunt him down. Pick: Wheaton Warrenville South.
Shepard (5-4) at St. Rita (7-2), 7 p.m. Friday. Quick take: Good news, bad news story for Astros. One, they’re finally hitting their stride. Two-game win streak enabled them to gain third straight playoff bid. Two, they’ll have a tough time scoring on rugged Rita defense. Pick: St. Rita.
Andrew (6-3) at Eisenhower (7-2), 7 p.m. Friday. Quick take: Andrew’s Jim Malec deserves mention in any Coach of the Year conversation. He has led the T-Bolts to wins in five straight games and six of seven overall. They’ve bounced back from an 0-2 start that included a 41-21 loss to Eisenhower in Week 2. This one completes a dramatic turnaround. Pick: Andrew.
Oak Forest (6-3) at Thornton Fractional North (6-3), 6:30 p.m. Friday. Quick take: Another trip to T.F. North? Before you complain too much, know this: Oak Forest thumped the Meteors 42-12 on Sept. 23 in Calumet City. And another win here on the road likely will send the Bengals back home for Round 2 and a rematch with Lemont. And don’t you want to play Lemont at home? Pick: Oak Forest.
Richards (5-4) at Hyde Park (7-2), 1 p.m. Saturday, Eckersall Stadium, Chicago. Quick take: Richards won 3-for-4 to qualify for postseason play. Hyde Park has outscored its opponents 230-96. Something has to give. Pick: Richards.
Lincoln-Way West (7-2) at Joliet Catholic Academy (7-2), 7 p.m. Friday, Memorial Stadium, Joliet. Quick take: For the most part, Lincoln-Way West’s defense has been reliable. The Warriors will be challenged by JCA’s two-headed backfield monster. Malin Jones is a Northwestern recruit. Michigan reportedly has been checking up on Ty Isaac’s interest in joining the Wolverines. Pick: Joliet Catholic Academy.
Grayslake Central (7-2) at Tinley Park (7-2), 5 p.m. Saturday. Quick take: These two teams look to be headed in opposite directions. Grayslake Central has dropped 2-of-3, including a 32-14 decision to Crystal Lake South. Tinley Park has won 3-of-4 behind an offense that averages 37.5 points. Quarterback Kyle Sheridan is the trigger man for the Titans. Pick: Tinley Park.
Evergreen Park (6-3) vs. Marshall (8-1), 1 pm. Saturday, Rockne Stadium, Chicago. Quick take: It’s a matchup of the South Suburban Red runner-up vs. the Public League Windy City champ. Who do you like? Marshall has outscored its opponents 394-86. Pick: Evergreen Park.
Last Week: 3-2 (.600). Season-to-date: 28-17 (.622).