Matt Daniels

Matt Daniels

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."

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.

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."

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.

Week 1 storylines: Starting off strong

Sports editor Matt Daniels looks at what to watch for around the area ahead of Friday night's action:

GCMS in unique position

For Mike Allen and Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley, this season is unlike any other in program history.

But the Falcons don't want the final outcome to change.

LeRoy football making up for lost time in 2018

LeROY — It's not a mantra veteran LeRoy football coach BJ Zeleznik has uttered countless times in the last 10 months since the Panthers last played.

But if LeRoy needs a slogan this year, well, it could prove prophetic.

Tuesday's prep highlights: Trame, Brandon spark STM volleyball

In volleyball

Cissna Park Tip-Off Tournament

Milford 2, Momence 0. Milford won the night's opening match of with a 25-20, 25-19 victory for the Bearcats' first win of the season.

A-O is going to be A-OK in 2018

ARGENTA — Josh Williams didn't just start as a sophomore. He shined as a sophomore quarterback.

The same sentiment held true for running back Skyler Peterson.

That's good news for Argenta-Oreana football fans.

And bad news for any of the Bombers' foes this season.

Spartans eye new playoff streak

ST. JOSEPH — The Saturday night after the 2017 regular season ended, Dwight Colvin, Keanen Swanson and Kaden Jacobs didn't do what the previous 26 St. Joseph-Ogden football teams did.

No playoff watch party.

"I knew we weren't going to make it," Colvin said, "so I tuned it out."

No research on who the Spartans would face in the first round.