It's time to recap the Week 3 prep football action from across our area and lake a quick look ahead to Week 4.
For updated area rankings, please check out Sunday's News-Gazette. If you want to see some cool video from numerous venues around Central Illinois on Friday -- courtesy of WAND -- check out our web site. It's an impressive array.
Now, for my thoughts:
UNITY FAN TO COACH AGAINST ROCKETS
For eight weeks out of the regular season, Tuscola head coach Rick Reinhart hopes that Unity’s Rockets are victorious. The exception is Week 4, which happens to be Unity’s homecoming on Friday. That’s when Reinhart’s Warriors play at Unity. The reason for his love of the Rockets is family. His sister, Pam Negangard, has two sons on the football team, Kyle and Mitch, while his cousin, Doug Reinhart, is the grandfather of two Rockets, including linebacker Jordan Reinhart, who is averaging nearly 12 tackles per game, and Ben Reinhart, who scored a touchdown against Tuscola in 2008. “They’re all good kids,” Rick Reinhart said, “and I wish them all the best.”
VARIETY LACKING IN VERMILION
For the sixth consecutive year, the Salt Fork-Westville game was scheduled for the first week of league play in the Vermilion Valley Conference. That’s an area both coaches would like to see changed. “It’s unfortunate we play so early,” Westville coach Guy Goodlove said. “We’re still finding stuff out about ourselves. You don’t get to see the best of what each team has to offer this early.” Salt Fork’s Brian Plotner would favor a more varied schedule within the league. “It gets a little frustrating playing the same teams in the same order,” he said. “We play everybody the same. I’d like to see a switch in the order of the games.” For a co-op school, such as Salt Fork, the identical scheduling means spectators at one school are always watching the same opponents every other year. The last time Salt Fork played host to Westville was in 2007 and the game — like Friday’s — was held at Jamaica High School. “I would like that to rotate,” Plotner said.
CENTRAL’S MYSTERY PLAYER
If you scan the roster, you won’t find a name for No. 37 on Champaign Central’s football team. Yet, after No. 37 made every extra-point attempt Friday against Decatur Eisenhower, 13 in a row and 15 of 16 for the season, it’s clear he’s a valuable part of the Maroons’ special teams. He’s junior Corey Matejosky, a first-time football player and also a soccer player at the school. The two-sport kicker was tutored by former Area soccer Player of the Year Jason Curtiss, from Centennial, whose mother was Corey’s babysitter.
SALT FORK PLAYERS NOT ALL RIGHT
Two prominent players for Salt Fork’s 3-0 team are quarterback Joe Pratt, a left-handed quarterback, and Matt Delbridge, a left-footed punter.
FOOL ME ONCE, THEN...
Georgetown-Ridge Farm/Chrisman opened Friday’s game with an onsides kick against visiting Hoopeston Area, but it didn’t count due to a penalty. On the re-kick, the Buffaloes again tried an onsiders kick, which they recovered. The good news for Hoopeston is that it didn’t lead directly to a touchdown.
After shutting out Decatur Eisenhower, 42-0, on Friday, Champaign extended its streak without allowing a touchdown to 10 consecutive quarters. ... The Maroons’ Doug Kyrouac threw four TD passes, all in the second quarter. ... Danville has outrushed its opponents by a 2-to-1 margin (572-285), yet no Viking has gained as many as 90 yards rushing in one game through the first one-third of the regular season. ... For the second time in three games, LeRoy didn’t complete a pass. The Panthers, however, followed up last week’s 437-yard rushing effort with 316 yards on the ground against Fieldcrest. ... St. Joseph-Ogden had two late-quarter scores. Jake Bock ran 14 yards for a TD with :03 left in the first period and quarterback Blake Hoveln hooked up with Andy Bensyl for a 35-yard scoring strike 21 seconds before halftime. ... Oakwood/Armstrong-Potomac had three players all eclipse the 100-yard rushing mark against Schlarman. Collectively, Trace McClintock, Ryan Strange and Arlen Kerst combined for 431 yards and averaged 8.8 yards per carry.
Dylan Sturgeon, Unity. Senior quarterback had 361 combined yards between rushing and passing for the state’s sixth-ranked Class 3A team in its road victory.
Quentin McNew, Mahomet-Seymour. Junior quarterback had his third consecutive game of passing for at least 199 yards, putting up 201 yards at home against Rantoul.
Guy Kirby, Fisher. Senior quarterback followed up on last week’s 278-yard rushing performance by gaining 284 yards on the ground and rambling for three touchdowns.
Julian Boswell, St. Thomas More. Junior quarterback passed for a career-high 324 yards in the Sabers’ road win at Watseka.
TEAMS OF THE WEEK
The Vikings put together a 20-point fourth quarter to rally past Centennial, 26-9, in their home opener.
The Sages had three players catch touchdown passes from Ben Palla — the trio averaging 55 yards per score — and improved to 2-0 this season in road games.