ST. JOSEPH – A slow start put St. Joseph-Ogden's streak of 40-point games in jeopardy.
A fast finish, however, took care of the problem.
GIBSON CITY – The GCMS Falcons' offense stuck to a simple game plan for their homecoming game Friday night against Fisher: run, run and run some more.
The Falcons rushed for 319 yards and attempted one pass en route to defeating the Bunnies 31-6 in the Heart of Illinois Conference matchup.
DANVILLE – In a strangely bizarre and twisted way, many of the 3,200 spectators at Whitesell Field witnessed what they came for Friday night.
The draw on this crisp high school football night was the presence of a big-time athlete, wearing uniform No. 5. And No. 5 truly put on a show as Danville stunned the state's ninth-ranked Class 6A team, previously unbeaten Centennial, 41-34, in a Big 12 Conference showdown.
ROCHESTER – Andrew Brewer was impressive in the first three games of the season, but Friday night, he made a statement.
Brewer willed Mahomet-Seymour to 44-26 win against Rochester in Corn Belt Conference play, rushing 40 times for 321 yards and five touchdowns.
CHAMPAIGN – They have effectively established themselves as superior to the lower-echelon of the Big 12 Conference, with Friday's 62-13 whipping of Decatur Eisenhower further proof that Champaign Central's Maroons are among the upwardly mobile.
The question now is, can Central beat one of the league's heavyweights?
MONTICELLO – To become the state record-holder for career extra points, Clayton Meyer has put in a lot of hard work.
And put down a lot of hard-earned cash.
TOLONO – Check out the Unity volleyball roster and Nichelle Mortenson stands out.
She's the only senior on the team.
CHAMPAIGN – The list of elite divers produced by Centennial's girls' team reads like a who's who: Lydia Ball, Reed Evans, Amber Evans, Megan Weldon, Courtney Cozad.
Coached by Don Waybright, they represent some of the best divers the city has produced, most notably joined by former state champion Amanda Crews of Champaign Central.
ST. JOSEPH – St. Joseph-Ogden football coach Dick Duval never has had any problems motivating Lukas Graves on Friday nights. He calls the versatile Graves, who plays receiver, cornerback and returner, a gamer.
When the lights come on, he's as intense and as ready to go as anyone. The only gripe Duval had with Graves was that he didn't always bring that same fire Monday through Thursday. That has changed.
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