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MATTOON – The community was Mattoon and the team nickname was Green Wave, but for all practical purposes, Danville's football team faced The School of Hard Knocks on Friday.
Mattoon's physical play roughed up the Vikings and resulted in a 27-6 Green Wave triumph in a Big 12 Conference game at Gaines Field.
MAHOMET – Lyle Shallenberger wanted to see his dad win No. 100 last season, but Mahomet-Seymour didn't advance far enough in the playoffs.
"It's pretty cool," the quarterback said after Tom Shallenberger reached the milestone in Friday's 49-0 romp against Peoria Manual at Frank Dutton Field. "We talked about it last year and it would've been nice to get it last year, but we didn't play as well as we should have in a couple of games and we didn't get it. We had plans to do it all this year, and we knew that hopefully it would come this game and it came through so it's pretty sweet."
TOLONO – After their 24-14 win against Unity on Friday night, some Tuscola players and a handful of fans gathered outside the Warriors' locker room talking about postgame plans. But instead of getting together to party, the players were more concerned with figuring out whose hot tub they would be getting into once back in Tuscola.
"I've never been this sore after a game in my life," Tuscola safety Travis Surma said. "These kids, they come hard and they'll light you up."
JAMAICA – Playmakers have a way of coming up with big plays when their team needs them most. The St. Joseph-Ogden Spartans have a plethora of athletes with the ability to break open a football game.
The Spartans, ranked No. 1 in Class 3A, used the big play early and often Friday night to turn away a determined Salt Fork team 41-6 at Bob Yeazel Field.
MAHOMET – For one night, six-man football will share the spotlight with the 11-man variety at Mahomet-Seymour.
The state-ranked Bulldogs (sixth in Class 4A) play their home opener at 7:45 today against Peoria Manual and will use the nonconference date to honor and recognize a historic team that took the field 60 years ago.
NORMAL – Mikel Leshoure has beaten a lot of teams with his rushing.
On Friday, with Centennial locked in a struggle against Normal West, the senior tailback did it with receiving.
DANVILLE – The "signature play," as B.J. Luke calls it, had Daveon Allen's autograph.
Allen accepted a handoff from teammate Clowzell Adams and raced 83 yards down the west sideline with the opening kickoff Friday night at Whitesell Field to give Danville all the points it would need in a 21-0 first-game Big 12 Conference win against Urbana.
FAIRBURY – Andrew Brewer rushed for 120 yards and scored three touchdowns on eight carries as Mahomet-Seymour steamrolled Prairie Central 54-0 on Friday night.
"If the kids do what they're supposed to do and don't get fat, dumb and happy, we'll have an opportunity to have a good season," M-S coach Tom Shallenberger said. "We have 28 seniors, and it makes a big difference."
CHAMPAIGN – If Champaign Central retains the gift-giving mood it displayed Friday, the Maroons will boast of many satisfied friends around Dec. 25.
Central lost four fumbles, had a punt blocked and gave up a touchdown when another punt snap sailed over the punter's head and was recovered by Normal Community in the end zone.