Alton Marquette at QND
When: 7 p.m. Friday
Where: Advance Physical Therapy Field
Records: Marquette -- 4-3 (4-0 Prairie State Conference). QND -- 5-2 (2-0 West Central Conference).
Radio: WTAD 930 AM
Last meeting: Sept. 4, 2015 -- QND 35, Marquette 7. Grant Carper finished with 83 yards on 12 carries with 74 yards coming in the second half as the Raiders' renewed ground game sparked the passing game, and Landon Heming completed six passes in the second half for 122 yards and two touchdowns. He finished with 192 yards in the air, and his favorite target was Ben Welper, who had 93 yards on four receptions. The Raiders also had three interceptions defensively.
Inside the matchup: The Raiders are playoff eligible. The Explorers still have a shot.
But QND wants to be more than eligible after this week, especially with a season-ending road trip to Richmond-Burton looming next week. A victory over Marquette guarantees a six-win QND team a playoff berth and the continued growth of a young team that took its lumps last season.
The Raiders have learned to win on the road, as evidence by last week's trip to Macomb, and have been solid at home. They won three of four games in the season-opening homestand, but haven't played at Advance Physical Therapy Field since Sept. 20.
It's unlikely QND would earn a first-round home playoff game even if its wins out and finishes 7-2, but that possibility exists, making this game vitally important. Beating the Explorers means keeping junior quarterback Jake Hewitt in check.
Heweitt has completed 38 of 93 passes for 632 yards with six touchdowns and five interceptions, while also rushing for 384 yards and five scores. Iggy McGee had 346 yards rushing and fullback Clifford Chandler had 215 yards.
Hewitt's weapons on the outside have been good with Devon Field grabbing 14 passes for 281 yards and three touchdowns and Zachary Smith catching 13 passes for 201 yards and two scores. Smith also has four rushing touchdowns and one interception return for a score.
-- Matt Schuckman