Area high school football previews, Week EightOctober 13, 2017 1:46pm

Oct. 13--A look at some of Friday's top matchups involving State Journal-Register area football teams:

AUBURN (4-3 overall, 4-3 conf.) at MAROA-FORSYTH (6-1, 6-1)

Conference: Sangamo

Live video streaming: www.nfhsnetwork.com

AP state rankings: Maroa-Forsyth No. 9 in Class 2A; Auburn unranked

Last week: Auburn 18, Petersburg PORTA 12; Maroa-Forsyth 43, Riverton 13

Last year: Maroa-Forsyth 24, Auburn 7

Key players: Auburn -- Jr. QB Destin Chance (119-214 passing, 1,981 yds., 21 TD; 241 yds. rushing, 6 TD); Sr. RB/Rec/DB Cayden Muench (23 catches, 458 yds., 4 TD; 252 yds. rushing, 8 TD; 39 tackles); Sr,. WR/DB Colby Bossman (40 catches, 711 yds., 8 TD; 36 tackles); Sr. WR Benji Eaker (36 catches, 499 yds., 6 TD); Jr. LB Jake Hill (59 tackles).

Maroa-Forsyth --Soph. QB Ian Benner (62-104 passing, 927 yds., 13 TD, 3 int.; 372 yds. rushing, 6 TD); Sr. RB Deondre Gregory (664 yds. rushing, 9 TD); Sr. RB/Rec Kameron Boline (17 catches, 272 yds., 5 TD); Jr. RB/Rec Max Davenport (12 catches, 190 yds., 1 TD); Sr. LB Tanner Falk (26 tackles, 3 for loss).

Game glance: A Trojan war resumes between two of the top programs in central Illinois. Host Maroa, has won four in a row since a 47-6 loss at Williamsville, while Auburn has won three straight after a 1-3 start. Auburn's situation is more urgent where the playoffs are concerned. If Maroa wins tonight, Auburn would face a must-win situation against New Berlin in Week Nine. The Pretzels (3-4) host 6-1 Athens tonight.

TAYLORVILLE (6-1, 4-1) at MOUNT ZION (5-2, 3-2)

Conference: Apollo

Radio: WTIM (870 AM, 96.1 FM, 107.5 FM)

AP state rankings: Taylorville received votes in 4A

Last week: Taylorville 16, Mattoon 6; Mahomet-Seymour 6, Mount Zion 0

Last year: Mount Zion 25, Taylorville 0

Key players: Taylorville -- Jr. QB Brandon Odam (94-155 passing, 1,761 yds., 16 TD, 6 int.; 494 yds. rushing, 7 TD); Jr. WR Justin Wright (41 catches, 994 yds., 11 TD); Sr. RB/LB Evan Champley (525 yds. rushing, 7 TD); Sr. WR Trey Crites (19 catches, 267 yds., 1 TD); Jr. WR Kyle Durbin (16 catches, 268 yds., 1 TD).

Mount Zion -- Sr. QB/LB Noah Ruenger (33-70 passing, 523 yds., 4 TD,. 3 int.); Soph. QB/DB Matt Carpenter (27-57 passing, 347 yds., 4 TD, 6 int.; 449 yds. rushing, 6 TD); Soph. RB Sage Davis (356 yds. rushing, 5 TD); Sr. WR Dawson Johns (21 catches, 347 yds., 5 TD); Sr. WR Kolby Clark (12 catches, 254 yds., 2 TD); Jr. LB Andrew Oliger (40 tackles, 4 for loss).

Game glance: Both teams are coming off defensive battles, with Taylorville outlasting Mattoon 16-6 and Mount Zion yielding a fourth-quarter touchdown in a 6-0 loss to Mahomet-Seymour. It's the conference finale for both teams, with Taylorville needing a win -- and an Effingham loss to Mattoon Friday night -- to earn a share of the Apollo championship.

ALTON MARQUETTE (6-1. 4-0) at SOUTH MAC (5-2, 4-0)

(At Bunker Hill)

Conference: Prairie State

AP state rankings: Marquette received votes in 2A

Last week: Marquette 55, Dupo 0; South Mac 32, Nokomis 27

Last year: Marquette 52, Bunker Hill 12; Marquette 45, Mount Olive 6

Key players: Marquette -- Jr. QB Kaleb Ware (39-80 passing, 741 yds., 7 TD, 4 int.); Sr. RB D'Avion Peebles (435 yds. rushing, 6 TD); Jr. RB Treven Swingler (404 yds. rushing, 7 TD); Sr. WR John Blachford (19 catches, 436 yds., 5 TD); Jr. LB Zach Forte (48 tackles, 20 for loss).

South Mac -- Sr. RB/LB Johnny Darrah (1,004 yds. rushing, 11 TD; 71 tackles); Jr. QB Quentni Kosowski (15-26 passing, 187 yds., 2 TD, 0 int.); Sr. RB Damin Jones (367 yds. rushing, 7 TD); Jr. QB/Rec Braden Morris (153 yds. passing, 3 TD, 2 int; 8 catches, 122 yds., 3 TD); Sr. WR/LB Nick DeVries (5 catches, 169 yds., 3 TD; 43 tackles); Sr. LB Bryce Parrish (70 tackles).

Game glance: The outright lead in the Prairie State Conference is at stake, with each team completing their PSC schedules next week. The Explorers' lone loss came two weeks ago against Class 4A Taylorville 28-7, while the host Chargers' two losses have come by a combined six points: 36-33 to Trenton Wesclin in Week One and 19-16 to Madison in Week Four. South Mac's defense will be challenged by Marquette's speed.

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