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Warriors offense still in high gear

TUSCOLA – Tuscola's third Okaw Valley Conference win of the season was a long time coming.

With both QBs throwing passes and the officials throwing flags, it took the Warriors well over three hours to complete a 53-16 victory against Clinton.


Defending champs flex muscles against Urbana

URBANA – Urbana was simply outmatched at home in Week 3.

Facing the No. 1 team in Class 6A, – defending state champion Normal Community – the Tigers simply could not keep pace with their faster and more powerful counterparts.


Brewer bounces back

MAHOMET – Andrew Brewer's night didn't get off to such a hot start.

After five carries, the junior running back had fumbled the ball twice. Not exactly results he had grown accustomed to in the first two games of the season in which he scored seven touchdowns.


Hensold gets her kicks for Vikings

BLOOMINGTON – There was one point in Friday night's Big 12 Conference football game that was a historic moment for Danville's Vikings.

It was at 7 to 7.


Leshoure up to speed

CHAMPAIGN – Compared to the lofty standards he has established, Centennial's Mikel Leshoure was relatively quiet during the first two weeks of the prep football season.

He rushed for 118 and 101 yards in a pair of victories. But Friday against outmanned Decatur Eisenhower, the area's premier running back busted loose.


Maroons squander too many chances

NORMAL – Despite a great defensive effort, pouring rain and a few big mistakes shattered Champaign Central's hopes of winning consecutive Big 12 Conference contests as Normal West defeated the Maroons 21-14 in overtime Friday.

The Maroons led 14-7 at the half but struggled offensively the rest of the way. Normal West connected on a 22-yard touchdown pass late in the fourth quarter to force overtime.


Friday night forecast

When Salt Fork football coach Brian Plotner moved his family from the Unity school district to the Jamaica district a year ago, the idea was to avoid conflicts where he'd miss his son's athletic contests.

The best-laid plans sometimes go astray.


Bismarck-Henning prepares for QB change

Bismarck-Henning's football team is ready for a change.

Blue Devils coach Mark Dodd had been using senior Murad Abbed as a part-time quarterback to ease the transition for sophomore Michael Grant to the varsity position.


Adding spice to a rivalry

CHAMPAIGN – When Centennial and Champaign Central get together for a tennis dual match today, more than just intracity bragging rights will be on the line.

Centennial's first-year coach is Jill Harms, a former Grinnell College player who was a standout at Central under current Maroons coach Gary Day.


Trophy stays on Wright side of the street

CHAMPAIGN – Not since Week 4 of the 2006 season had Champaign Central's football team walked off the field victorious.

And not in more than half a century had the Maroons put such a beating on Friday's longtime rival.