Rockets back where they belong: Memorial Stadium

TOLONO — There will be a guaranteed first in five days.

Unity vs Greenville IHSA 3A semifinal November 2012

Photos from  the IHSA semifinal football game between Unity and Greenville in Tolono, Ill.  on . Saturday, November 17, 2012.


Kroner: Unity putting it on the line

TOLONO — Football is a snap these days for Cameron Swearingen, but it hasn’t always been that way.

Now a senior at Unity High School, Swearingen was primarily a defensive lineman for the Rockets during the regular season in 2011.

A few Friday recruiting notes

With Thanksgiving fast approaching and plenty of items on the recruiting menu (I couldn't resist the bad joke), here's a smorgasbord of recruiting tidbits to tide you over for the weekend.

Kroner: Negangard's hard work pays off

TOLONO — Truth be told, Mitch Negangard is not a huge pumpkin pie fan.

“I’ve been burnt out on it,” Negangard said. “I’ve been eating it since I was a little kid.”

He’s had ample opportunity to sample pies.

Kroner's football semifinal storylines

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.

Teams of the Week: Unity football in spotlight

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.

AOTW: Unity's Payne and Centennial's Rodawig

Athletes of the Week

Cody Payne
Unity, football

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.

Weekend Wrap — Jackson hits paydirt for Crusaders

Every week during the prep football season, IlliniHQ will give a wrap-up of how Illini commits and targets fared during the previous weekend's games. Here are a few notes from week 12 for the few who are still playing.

Rockets in familiar spot — barely

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.