The Richwoods Knights will take a familiar road Friday night as they head to the Quad Cities for the third time this season. A formidable foe awaits in state ranked Alleman. Class 4A runners up a year ago, the Pioneers began the season on top of the 4A rankings before a their loss to Peoria Central early on.
The Knights hope to avenge a loss to Alleman last year at Endres Field. They are also looking for that precious sixth win thereby guaranteeing a playoff spot. This will be no small task as the Pioneers are a well coached, talented bunch. On offense, they are led by quarterback Kevin O'Keefe and running back Kylee Dorsey. Backfield mates Stephen Tomer and Conner Doak have also been impressive of late. Richwoods is hoping Kiontre O'Neal can return to the fray after missing last week with his ankle injury. If O'Neal is out, they will look to Brandon Huerta and Nate Keeton, among others, to help shoulder the load in the ground game. Quarterback Max Berres and his receivers will need to be on target as well. The defense, impressive all year, will have its work cut out in order to slow down the Pioneers.
In games involving other area teams, Notre Dame faces Manual at Peoria Stadium. A win would give the Irish the Mid State 6 title, albeit unofficial due to the Peoria teams being officially classified this year as independent by the IHSA. Richwoods claimed the last official crown a year ago.
In the Mid Illini conference, Metamora is at Washington for their traditional showdown. A Washington win would solidify their current hold on first place while a Metamora victory would throw the conference race back up for grabs. Resurgent Pekin, buoyed by the return last week of Mr Everything, Cole Henderson, hosts East Peoria as the Dragons are looking to make a late season run into the post season.