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Wide receiver Nick Dodscelebrates with MeteValley teammate PeytMitchell (right) after Dodson's touchdown catch opened scoring against Genevlast week. The Mustangs

Wide receiver Nick Dodson celebrates with Metea Valley teammate Peyton Mitchell (right) after Dodson's touchdown catch opened the scoring against Geneva last week. The Mustangs could earn their first trip to the playoffs with a home win against Waubonsie

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Updated: November 26, 2013 6:29AM

Waubonsie Valley at
Metea Valley

When: Friday at 7:30 p.m., High School Cube.

Outlook: Host Mustangs (4-4, 4-1 in Upstate Eight Valley) face a must-win against the Warriors (6-2, 4-1) to become playoff eligible for the first time in the history of the young program. “On a positive note, we won’t have to worry about motivation,” Metea coach Ben Kleinhans said. “We still have a chance to reach one of our goals. Plus, it’s Senior Night. I shouldn’t have to say much, there’s so much to play for.” Wideout Nick Dodson (621 yards) leads the area with 40 receptions and running back Jay Parker is No. 2 in the area with 996 yards rushing.

Oswego East at
Plainfield North

When: Friday at 7 p.m., High School Cube.

Outlook: Coach Tyson LeBlanc’s Wolves (5-3, 4-2 Southwest Prairie Conference) can clinch the school’s first playoff berth with a win at Plainfield North (2-4, 3-5). Despite their record, the Tigers’ offense will challenge a stout Oswego East defense. North has averaged 29 points and beat a Romeoville team 31-19 that tripped up the Wolves last week 21-14. The Tigers have outscored opponents 232-196.

Sycamore at Yorkville

When: Friday at 7:30 p.m.

Outlook: The Foxes (5-3, 2-2 Northern Illinois Big 12 East) could wrap up an automatic playoff berth with a win, but that won’t be easy. Sycamore, coming off an emotional 31-21 win at home against Kaneland, appears driven to wrap up an undefeated season and make a long playoff run. RB Henry Imburgia, who was injured in last week’s 14-7 win over DeKalb, will miss the game but could return the following week if Foxes make playoffs. They’ll need help to boost their playoff point total if they don’t pull off the upset.

Lisle at Sandwich

When: Friday at 7:30 p.m.

Outlook: The Indians have been in a virtual playoff run since Week 6, when they dropped a 13-0 decision to Peotone to fall to 2-4. Coach Dusty Behringer’s squad has responded to the challenge by winning two straight and has an impressive 43 playoff points, but needs to beat 4-4 Lisle to return to the postseason, where they certainly belong. Sandwich is only team to have beaten Interstate Eight Large champ Plano. Austin Breunig (664 yards rushing) leads a talented committee of running backs who need to eat up time on the clock.

Montini at Aurora Central

When: Friday at 7 p.m., High School Cube.

Outlook: The Chargers (6-2, 4-2 SCC Gold) are coming off their biggest win of the year, a come-from-behind 13-12 decision over arch-rival Marmion (6-2), and face their biggest test of the year in another SCC Blue foe, undefeated Montini. Coach Chris Andreano’s Broncos are shooting for a fifth straight state championship and sixth overall. And with ACC leaving the league, it will be the last chance in awhile for ACC coach and Montini alum, Brian Casey, to face his former coach. “They present a whole lot of problems, especially with their talented skill people,” Casey said. “We can’t afford to turn the ball over and we have to limit their big plays.”

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