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That's a wrap: Week 4 prep football roundup

Danville 33, Centennial 14

Falcons' Nathan Garard is planning ahead

GIBSON CITY — Nathan Garard has felt the pressure of playing in a state championship game.

The Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley starting quarterback helped engineer the Falcons' run to a Class 2A state title last November.

Week 4 prep football storylines: It's make or break time

1 The Unity football program is in uncharted territory with Scott Hamilton in charge of the Rockets.Unity had never lost its first three games under Hamilton, who took over the program in 1994.

Until now. The Rockets (0-3) will try to end their slide 7 p.m. Friday at Illini Prairie Conference rival St. Joseph-Ogden (3-0).

That's a wrap: Week 3 prep football roundup

Centennial 31, Peoria Richwoods 10

CHAMPAIGN — The host Chargers produced their first win of the season, separating themselves in the second half in a Big 12 victory.

"This is huge for us," Centennial coach Lekevie Johnson said.

Anterio Allen rushed for two touchdowns in the fourth quarter, helping Centennial expand its lead from 12-3 to 25-3.

Week 3 prep football storylines: Urbana running to the present

1. Vying for its first win against Danville since 2012, Urbana felt emotionally drained after last Friday's 21-20 loss.

And that was OK for second-year coach Ordell Walker to see.

"That's what I want," Walker said. "If there's no emotion, that means it doesn't matter, and we have a bigger problem to handle."

Arcola's Garza 'can't wait' for great atmosphere tonight

ARCOLA — Shortly after Arcola hired Nick Lindsey to become its next football coach in the winter of 2017, he attended a Purple Riders' boys' basketball game.

Where he saw Hugo Garza for the first time.

"It was a JV game, but there was this kid that was big and moved pretty well," Lindsey said. "I pulled out the roster, and he's a freshman."

Tuscola's VonLanken easy-going off field; 'tough-nosed' on it

TUSCOLA — Will Little knows what Brayden VonLanken is like when he's not playing football.

"He's about the easiest-going guy I know," the Tuscola senior running back said, "and one of the nicest, funniest guys I know."

Little can also relate to what VonLanken, a two-way senior starter on the offensive line and defensive line for the Warriors, is like when he is playing football.

Centennial names new quarterback

CHAMPAIGN — Dayton Coleman threw the only touchdown pass for Centennial last Friday night.

The Chargers' senior will get a chance to throw more in Week 2.

Centennial coach Lekevie Johnson said Coleman will start under center against Champaign Central when the two Big 12 teams meet at 8 a.m. on Saturday at Tommy Stewart Field.

Veteran Falcons already thinking ahead after 2017 state championship

GIBSON CITY — Jared Trantina enjoyed an ice cream cake two days after Thanksgiving.

The reason had little to do with the holiday — and more to do with celebrating a state football championship, an accomplishment Trantina and his Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley teammates achieved last November.

So Trantina, a fullback and linebacker on last year's undefeated team, indulged himself.