Created:Thursday, September 19, 2013 6:20 p.m.CDT
Updated:Friday, September 20, 2013 12:08 a.m.CDT
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Week 4 football preview capsules

McHenry junior Mike Borst is tackled by Woodstock North junior Jeremy Haymond (right) and junior Jimmy Krenger during the fourth quarter Sept. 13 at McCracken Field in McHenry. McHenry won, 35-28. (Kyle Grillot - kgrillot@shawmedia.com)

Fox Valley Conference Valley Division

Prairie Ridge (1-2, 0-1) at Crystal Lake South (1-2, 0-1)

When: 7:15 p.m. Friday

About the Wolves: Prairie Ridge fumbled eight times last week and lost four in its 20-0 loss to Jacobs. It was the first time the Wolves had been shut out since 2006. QB Brett Covalt leads the Wolves with 178 rushing yards, while RB Danny Meikel has a 9.7 rushing average and 166 yards.

About the Gators:
South has managed only 27 offensive points in three games. RB Eric Landis has been productive with 258 yards and a 5.0 rushing average. The Gators lost to Dundee-Crown, 14-13, last week.

McHenry (2-1, 0-0) at Jacobs (1-2, 1-0)

When: 7:15 p.m. Friday

About the Warriors: McHenry defeated Woodstock North, 35-28, to move to 2-1 last week. QB Mike Briscoe fired a 66-yard scoring pass to WB Payton Lykins for the game-winner. Briscoe has thrown for 446 yards and five touchdowns.

About the Golden Eagles: Jacobs got a much-needed victory last week, 20-0, over Prairie Ridge. QB Bret Mooney threw three touchdown passes to WR Hunter Williams in a span of 5:30. Mooney is second in the area with 571 passing yards and five TD passes.

Dundee-Crown (3-0, 1-0) at Cary-Grove (1-2, 1-0)

When: 7:15 p.m. Friday

About the Chargers: D-C is 3-0 for the first time since 1993 after its 14-13 victory over Crystal Lake South last week. RB Caleb Parson has 233 yards rushing to lead a balanced attack.

About the Trojans: C-G rallied late for a 16-13 victory at Huntley last week on QB Jason Gregoire’s 60-yard scoring pass to WR Larkin Hanselmann. The Trojans are the defending FVC Valley champions and received three votes in The Associated Press Class 6A poll.

Fox Valley Conference Fox Division

Woodstock North (0-3, 0-0) at Woodstock (0-3, 0-1)

When: 7:15 p.m. Friday

About the Thunder: RBs Grant Wade (288) and Jordan Plummer (256) lead the offense as North looks for its first victory. The Thunder lost to McHenry, 35-28, in a tight game last week.

About the Blue Streaks: Woodstock has thrown the ball well at times and alternates QBs Alan Hafer (382 passing yards) and Jace Pohlman (249). WR John Kruse has 15 receptions, which ties for second in the area.

Grayslake North (3-0, 1-0) at Johnsburg (0-3, 0-1)

When: 7:15 p.m. Friday

About the Knights: QB Merrick Gentile has thrown for 382 yards and run for 343 to lead North, which cracked the Class 6A top 10 this week.

About the Skyhawks: Johnsburg has lost 24 consecutive games, but the Skyhawks are getting closer. They rallied hard against Grayslake Central last week before losing, 28-21. But they were in that game until the end, and QB Nick Brengman is fourth in the area with 520 passing yards.

Grayslake Central (3-0, 1-0) at Hampshire (2-1, 1-0)

When: 7:15 p.m. Friday

About the Rams: Grayslake Central missed the playoffs last season after back-to-back trips, but the Rams have put themselves in a good position to return. Grayslake Central held off Johnsburg, 28-21, last week. RB Malcolm Reed gave the Rams a boost last week with 168 yards rushing in his first game.

About the Whip-Purs: RB Nick Kielbasa has 328 yards rushing to lead Hampshire, which suffered its first loss last week against Crystal Lake Central, 46-21. WR Tim Jansen averages 28.7 yards a catch and has an area-best seven touchdown catches.

Big Northern Conference East Division

Harvard (3-0, 0-0) at Burlington Central (1-2, 1-0)

When: 7 p.m. Friday

About the Hornets: Harvard is creeping up in the Class 4A rankings with seven votes this week. The Hornets have RB Jose Mejia (237 yards), but may miss RB Christian Kramer with a shoulder injury for a short time. Ben Platt filled in well in last week’s 35-0 victory against Byron with 71 yards on 14 carries. This is Harvard’s division opener.

About the Rockets: Burlington got its first win, 34-0, against Rockford Christian last week, but was outscored 81-7 in losses to Hampshire and Stillman Valley.

Marengo (0-3, 0-1) at Richmond-Burton (1-2, 0-1)

When: 7 p.m. Friday

About the Indians: RB Dakota Kissack is fourth among area runners (295 yards), but Marengo has struggled for points. The Indians have lost 11 consecutive games.

About the Rockets: RBs Vince Battaglia (216 yards) and Luke Brinkmann (187) lead R-B’s rushing attack. The Rockets lost to Genoa-Kingston, 29-28, in overtime last week.

Suburban Christian Conference Blue Division

Marmion (3-0, 1-0) at Marian Central (3-0, 1-0)

When: 7 p.m. Friday

About the Cadets: Marmion defeated St. Edward, 27-10, to move to 3-0 last week. The Cadets have outscored their opponents 97-17.

About the Hurricanes: Marian is ranked No. 6 in Class 5A and has outscored its opponents, 149-23, with Crystal Lake South and McHenry as the first two foes. QB Billy Bahl (727 passing yards, nine TDs) leads the area in passing, and RB Ephraim Lee (298 rushing yards) has eight rushing touchdowns.

Northeastern Athletic Conference

Alden-Hebron (2-1, 2-1) at Rockford Christian Life (2-1, 2-1)

When: 7 p.m. Friday

About the Giants: A-H suffered its first loss last week, 31-21, against Chicago Hope. The Giants are led by RB Nick Beck with 200 yards rushing, and QB Colten Cashmore has thrown for 276 yards.

About the Eagles: Christian Life defeated Hope, 7-6, in Week 2 and beat Luther North, 35-14, last week.

Nonconference

CL Central (2-1) at Huntley (2-1)

When: 7:15 p.m. Friday

About the Tigers: QB Kyle Lavand had a huge game last week as Central defeated Hampshire, 46-21, running for 138 yards and passing for 250 and two touchdowns. WR Jack Ortner caught four passes for 108 yards and a touchdown last week.

About the Red Raiders: Huntley’s first loss came against Cary-Grove last week, 16-13, when the Trojans threw a late touchdown pass. The Raiders are led by RBs Mitch Kawell (242) and Jake Scalise (231), both of whom average 5.5 yards a carry or better.

Joe Stevenson

joestevenson@shawmedia.com