1. Morton running to playoffs

Two seasons ago, Morton was winless. The Potters (5-1) are playoff eligible for the first time since 2011 and can clinch a playoff berth with a win on Friday over East Peoria.

Morton's rushing attack has been tough to stop. The Potters are averaging 46.5 points per game and notched a school-record point total in a 66-44 win over Pekin last Friday.

2. Princes face another strong test.

After an emotional 14-6 loss at Annawan/Wethersfield in a game that likely determined the Lincoln Trail title, Princeville (5-1) tries to regroup with a home game against Mid-County (4-2). The Cougars have won three in a row and are led by senior running back Bret Woodside. Princeville junior Adam Snedden enters the game needing 117 yards rushing to reach the 1,000-yard milestone.

3. Canton fighting for postseason

Coming off a 10-win season with a berth in the state semifinals, the Little Giants faced high expectations in 2017. After starting the season with a pair of wins, Canton got behind the eight-ball and dropped three straight. Canton rebounded with a 44-14 win over East Peoria to get to 3-3. However, the Little Giants have to win two of their next three games to get playoff eligible with five wins, and two of their last three games are against Morton (5-1) and Dunlap (6-0). First-year head coach Cody Myers said his team is trying to take it one game at a time even though it's hard not to map out the rest of the season.

4. Prairieland Black fit to be tied?

The Prairieland Black Conference could end in a three-way tie for first, if Lewistown (2-4) defeats Abingdon-Avon (5-1) and North Fulton (5-1) knocks off Knoxville (4-2) on Friday. That scenario would leave Knoxville, A-Town and North Fulton all at 4-1 in the league. The tiebreaker, in that case, would be fewest points allowed in games involving the tied teams. Knoxville owns the edge there, with a 41-7 win against Abingdon-Avon. A-Town beat North Fulton 37-14.

Aaron Ferguson can be reached at 686-3207 or aferguson@pjstar.com. Follow him on Twitter @Sports_Aaron.

Stan Morris can be reached at 686-3214 or wmorris@pjstar.com. Follow him on Twitter @StanMorrisPJS.