MONTICELLO – It was a tale of two halves for the Monticello football team.
Poor execution and mental breakdowns in the second half led to a frustrating 48-19 loss to Moweaqua Central A&M on Friday night.
PAXTON – Michael Romshek ran for 189 yards and one touchdown on 12 carries to lead Gibson City- Melvin-Sibley to a 35-0 win against Ford County rival Paxton-Buckley-Loda on Friday night.
Falcons coach Mike Allen, Panthers coach Greg Wood and Romshek each attributed the outcome to one deciding factor: the dominant offensive and defensive lines of GCMS.
DANVILLE – The Danville High School football team hadn't defeated Bloomington since 1996 before Friday night's double overtime classic that saw the Vikings win the Big 12 contest 34-27.
Vikings Sophomore Edward Clark made a game-winning interception in the end zone and the party was on in Danville.
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MAHOMET – Keith Pogue's first game as the head coach at Mahomet-Seymour looked like it would come in a rout, but a 34-20 win against Rochester feels just as good as it would have had the Bulldogs won by 50.
SULLIVAN – New coach, same result.
Caleb Little threw for two touchdowns and Tuscola rolled up 196 yards on the ground to help new coach Rick Reinhart win his first game at the helm of his alma mater Friday night.
DECATUR – Thirteen seconds into the new season, things already were going Centennial's way.
Junior running back Rayvonte Rice plowed over Eisenhower defenders and sprinted 65 yards for the touchdown on the game's first play. That became a familiar scene as the night wore on as the Chargers rolled to a 42-12 Big 12 win.
CHAMPAIGN – The St. Thomas More faithful filled the stands of Henneman Field on Friday night wondering if their team could build upon last year's 7-3 season.
Needless to say they left quite satisfied, having watched a trio of juniors lead the Sabers to a 43-0 victory against Bismarck-Henning.
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FISHER – Colten Unzicker's career night helped Fisher start the season with an upset of a ranked team.
TOLONO – Unity quarterback Chris Ault and his teammates got off to a fast start to the season Friday in a 32-21 win against Warrensburg-Latham.
Ault rushed for 152 yards and two touchdowns as the Rockets, ranked No. 8 in Class 3A, jumped out with 26 first-half points.
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By TONY BLEILL