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Another record day?
Three years ago, Unity and Greenville played in a Class 3A football semifinal game. The two teams established an IHSA playoff scoring record (111 points) for their class, a mark that remains unbroken. Unity posted a 58-53 victory in the 2009 game.
Scott Hamilton’s Rockets (11-1) relied on a defense that limited previously unbeaten Williamsville to 96 yards’ total offense. The key was a ball-control offense that kept possession for 30:05 of the 48-minute game. Unity completed one pass and gained its other 194 yards on the ground.
Athletes of the Week
Recently: Kicked a 20-yard field goal at the buzzer to send the Rockets into the 3A semifinals for a fourth consecutive year. It was the third field goal of the year for a person with 51 kicking points.
WILLIAMSVILLE — Nibbling on a chocolate chip cookie outside the visiting locker room at Paul Jenkins Field in Williamsville, Cody Payne still had a look of disbelief on his face.
Ten minutes earlier, Payne came through with one of the most clutch kicks in Unity football history.
LeROY — Concord Triopia stopped a two-point conversion late in the fourth quarter before picking off a pass in the waning seconds to hold off LeRoy 22-20 in a Class 1A quarterfinal Saturday.
“It was a fan-friendly game,” LeRoy coach B.J. Zeleznik said.
With a frustrating finish.
TOLONO — Unity’s Cody Innes went 100 weeks between football games.
Many high school athletes would have called it a career by that point, knowing there’s not a collegiate future at stake.
Innes had different thoughts.
“All my friends play, and I’ve played football since fifth grade,” Innes said. “I love the sport and wanted to be a part of it.
WE’LL TAKE A LOOK BACK AT A MEMORABLE MOMENT IN PREPS HISTORY, THANKS TO THE WORDS OF THE NEWS-GAZETTE
This week: LeRoy's football team is trying to reach the state semifinals this weekend. The Panthers won it all in 1996.
Date: Nov. 30, 1996
Headline: Panthers claw back
Numbers game favors Unity
There is no more of a telling story about Unity’s football team, and its success this season, than the numbers.
There will be 54 players on the travel roster for Saturday’s Class 3A playoff game at unbeaten and second-ranked Williamsville.
Among active area football coaches, Unity’s Scott Hamilton is the most successful once getting his teams into the quarterfinal round.
Entering Saturday’s Class 3A game (2 p.m.) at Williamsville, Hamilton’s Rockets have won eight consecutive quarterfinal contests.
Overall, his teams are 8-2 when attempting to reach the semifinals.