As the 2018 high school football season heads into a pivotal fifth week, the four Fulton County Prairieland schools have been heading in different directions as of late.

As the 2018 high school football season heads into a pivotal fifth week, the four Fulton County Prairieland schools have been heading in different directions as of late.


Farmington remains unbeaten and can become playoff eligible with a victory this week. Lewistown, after starting 0-2, has won its last two games to remain unbeaten in Black Division play.


Meanwhile, after starting 2-0, both North Fulton and South Fulton have dropped their last two contests and look to get back in the win column this week.


Two teams will be involved in homecoming games, while two others will play home contests this week.


North Fulton will play Saturday at 1 p.m., while the remainder of the games are scheduled for today at 7 p.m. Regular season and conference records are in parentheses.


FARMINGTON (4-0, 2-0) AT
HAVANA/MWC (0-4, 0-2)
At Havana, the Farmers look for their 23rd consecutive regular season win as they cross into Mason County to face in the Ducks in their homecoming contest.


Farmington moved up a spot to No. 2 in the Class 3A state rankings, trailing only Byron in the poll. Last week, the Farmers built a 40-0 halftime lead on the way to posting a 40-14 win over Peoria Heights/Quest. Farmington scored 20 points in the opening quarter and added 20 more in the second period in building its lead.


Four different players scored touchdowns for the Farmers, who recorded their 16th win in the last 17 Prairieland Blue Division games. Quarterback Hayden Bradt was 6-of-9 with 135 passing yards and four touchdowns. Back-up QB Josh McMillin was 5-of-7 with 71 passing yards and one touchdown.


A week ago, the Ducks were the homecoming opponent for Elmwood/Brimfield and were beaten 56-13.


The Trojans scored twice in each quarter on the way to building a 28-7 advantage at the half and 42-13 lead after three periods.


While Farmington does not clinch a playoff spot with a victory, the fifth win would make the Farmers eligible for a post-season berth.


Since beginning Prairieland Division play in 2010, Farmington has won all eight games in the series, including a 58-3 win a year ago at Farmington and a 56-8 victory two years ago at Havana.


ILLINI WEST (4-0, 2-0) AT
NORTH FULTON (2-2, 0-2)
At Spoon River Valley High School, it’s homecoming for the Wildcats as they entertain the state’s No. 5 ranked team in Class 2A for a Saturday afternoon Prairieland Black Division contest.


North Fulton had played Rushville-Industry in week five in recent years, but the Rockets and Chargers changed divisions this season.


A week ago, North Fulton lost at Lewistown 34-14 in the Indians homecoming contest.


North Fulton recorded 232 yards rushing on 48 attempts, led by Logan McCallister’s 102 yards on 20 carries. QB Zack Jurgensen was 4-for-12 passing for 109 yards with two TDs and two INTs. Nick Gilpin had three grabs for 100 yards and two scores.


Illini West defeated Abingdon-Avon 60-13. The Chargers rolled out to a 38-13 halftime lead and finished with 487 yards of total offense. That included 403 yards on 43 carries by a combined seven different backs.


Illini West has outscored its opponents by a 160-41 margin so far this season.


In a common opponent for both teams, North Fulton lost to A-Town two weeks ago 32-0.


KNOXVILLE (2-2, 1-1) AT
LEWISTOWN (2-2, 2-0)
At Lewistown, the Indians aim to remain undefeated in Prairieland Black Division play as they welcome in the Blue Bullets.


Last week, Lewistown enjoyed a 34-14 homecoming win over North Fulton.


The Indians finished with 191 yards rushing on 25 carries. Kyle Gravitt recorded 12 carries for 104 yards and three TDs. QB Cade Beekman was 6-of-13 passing for 66 yards and a rushing score. Nathan Kruzan had two catches for 32 yards and a rushing touchdown.


Defensively, Kruzan and Logan Owens had pass interceptions for the Indians.


Knoxville blanked South Fulton 48-0  as it out-gained the Rebels 299-21 on the ground and finished with 60 more in the air. The Blue Bullets led 32-0 at the half and scored on their first possession of the third quarter.


A year ago, Knoxville built a 45-0 lead on the way to a 45-14 victory at Dennis Larson Field. The home team 22-0 at the half and 37-0 after three quarters.


The last time the two teams met at Lewistown, it was the first meeting for the Indians and Blue Bullets in 24 years – since the days of the “old” Prairieland Conference.


Knoxville eventually won 36-34 in double overtime.


ABINGDON-AVON (1-3, 1-1) AT
SOUTH FULTON (2-2, 0-2)
At Nelson Snowden Field, the Rebels look to get back in the win column as they host the Tornadoes in a Prairieland Black Division contest.


A week ago, South Fulton lost at Knoxville. The Rebels completed 9-of-21 passes for 70 yards and had just 21 yards rushing.


After scoring seven touchdowns in the initial seven quarters of the season, South Fulton has not scored in the last nine quarters, suffering shutouts against Lewistown (12-0) and Knoxville.


A-Town lost against state-ranked Illini West, taking a 7-0 lead before scoring just once more, that coming on a 67-yard kickoff return by Josh Asher. Illini West would go on to score the game’s final 38 points.


Last year at Abingdon, the Rebels led 22-20 at the half, only to see the home team rally for a 42-28 victory.


South Fulton won the last meeting at VIT 18-6. It was the second straight win in the series for the Rebels since Prairieland Division play started in 2010. The Tornadoes (and from 2010-12 before the Abingdon-Avon consolidation, the Abingdon Commandos) had scored at least 38 points in each of the previous five meetings, winning them all.