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AurorCentral's Steve Amoni carries ball Friday against Marmion. | Sean King~For Sun-Times Media

Aurora Central's Steve Amoni carries the ball Friday against Marmion. | Sean King~For Sun-Times Media

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Updated: November 20, 2012 11:06AM

West Aurora (2-6, 1-5) at Glenbard East (1-7, 1-5), 7:30 p.m.

Last week: West Aurora 35, West Chicago 9; Wheaton Warrenville South 48, Glenbard East 21.

Outlook: Standout pass-catch combo of junior QB Quintez Jones (106-202, 1,162 yards, 10 TDs) to senior WR Cole Childs (43-649, 9 TDs) looks to finish strong in finale.

Lake Park (3-5, 2-3) at East Aurora (0-8, 0-5), 7:30 p.m.

Last week: Neuqua Valley 53, Lake Park 23; Waubonsie Valley 49, East Aurora 0.

Outlook: Season mercifully comes to an end for Tomcats, whose losing streak stands at 38.

Metea Valley (2-6, 1-4) at Waubonsie Valley (7-1, 4-1), 7:30 p.m.

Last week: Geneva 61, Metea Valley 48; Waubonsie Valley 49, East Aurora 0.

Outlook: School career rushing leader Austin Guido and the No. 12 (Sun-Times Super 25) Warriors look to knock off their Eola Road and district rivals and solidify their playoff seed.

Guerin (1-7, 0-6) at Aurora Christian (7-1, 5-1), 7 p.m.

Last week: St. Francis 49, Guerin 0; Montini 31, Aurora Christian 27.

Outlook: Staying healthy will be the major concern for the Eagles as they look forward to the playoffs and a chance to begin defense of their Class 3A state championship the following week.

Walther Lutheran (2-6, 2-4) at Marmion (3-5, 3-3), 7:30 p.m.

Last week: Immaculate Conception 55, Walther Lutheran 13; Marmion 41, Aurora Central 7.

Outlook: The Cadets are out of the playoffs for the first time in three years but can close out the season with a three-game winning streak.

Aurora Central (6-2, 4-2) at Montini (6-2, 5-1), 7:30 p.m.

Last week: Marmion 41, Aurora Central 7; Montini 31, Aurora Christian 27.

Outlook: Another challenging assignment awaits the Chargers in the three-time defending state 5A champ Broncos.

Plainfield Central (6-2, 4-2) at Oswego (7-1, 6-0), 7 p.m.

Last week: Plainfield Central 28, Plainfield East 0; Oswego 52, Plainfield South 7.

Outlook: The Panthers moved into Sun-Times Super 25 at the 25th spot this week and look to complete a perfect run through their Southwest Prairie Conference schedule while also improving their playoff seed.

Plainfield North (6-2, 5-1) at Oswego East (4-4, 2-4), 7 p.m.

Last week: Plainfield North 28, Minooka 20; Oswego East 37, Romeoville 12.

Outlook: The Wolves can be playoff eligible for the first time in program history with a win but their postseason status would still be shaky given their 32 playoff points heading into the final week. That’s probably not enough points to push them over the top but topping the .500 mark for the first time would be significant.

Yorkville (3-5, 0-4) at Sycamore (5-2, 2-2), 7:30 p.m.

Last week: DeKalb 47, Yorkville 0; Kaneland 30, Sycamore 7.

Outlook: The Foxes look to bounce back after a humbling loss to the Barbs. It’s also their last chance to get a win against a team with a winning record.

Morris (8-0, 4-0) at Kaneland (8-0, 4-0), 7:30 p.m.

Last week: Morris 28, Rochelle 21; Kaneland 30, Sycamore 7.

Outlook: The Northern Illinois Big 12 East title and a No. 1 playoff seed are both on the line in this one between the No. 22 (Sun-Times Super 25) Redskins and No. 24 Knights. QB Drew David, who sat out last week’s win with an arm injury, will start for the Knights.

Plano (5-3, 2-3) at Dwight (0-8, 0-5), 7:30 p.m.

Last week: Plano 24, Wilmington 20; Manteno 44, Dwight 6.

Outlook: The Reapers can remove any doubts and move from “playoff eligible” by clinching postseason berth, which will be their seventh in the past eight years.

Sandwich (6-2, 4-1) at Lisle (4-4, 3-2), 7:15 p.m.

Last week: Sandwich 68, Reed-Custer 14; Peotone 35, Lisle 12.

Outlook: The Indians look to improve their seed in the playoffs. Sandwich will be making its fourth postseason appearance in five years.

Batavia (8-0, 5-0) at Elgin (1-7, 0-5), 7:30 p.m.

Last week: Batavia 19, St. Charles East 6; Streamwood 27, Elgin 8.

Outlook: Dual-threat specialist Anthony Scaccia (1,000 yards rushing, 222 receiving) and area receiving leader Zach Strittmatter (46-688) lead No. 8 (Sun-Times Super 25) Bulldogs as they look to lock up a second straight UEC River title and try to secure a No. 1 seed in the playoffs.

Geneva (3-5, 2-3) at Streamwood (3-5, 2-3), 7:30 p.m.

Last week: Geneva 61, Metea Valley 48; Streamwood 27, Elgin 8.

Outlook: The Vikings will miss the playoffs for the first time in nine years but can close with a three-game winning streak behind freshman quarterback Nick Derr, who came on after sophomore starter Daniel Santacaterina was lost for season with a broken collarbone in Week 3.

North Shore Country Day (7-1, 7-1) at Mooseheart (7-1, 7-1), 7 p.m.

Last week: North Shore Country Day 42, CICS/Longwood 8; Mooseheart 28, Hope Academy 0.

Outlook: This battle for second place in the Northeastern Athletic Conference figures to be evenly matched. Both lost to league frontrunner Ottawa Marquette, the Ramblers by a 35-21 margin and NSCD by a 35-14 count. The winner will likely also wrap up a first-round home game in the playoffs.

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