PAXTON — In a defensive struggle, Paxton-Buckley-Loda survived for its first win against Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley since 2004.
"A win's a win," PBL coach Jeff Graham said. "We'll take it. We hung on. I heard somebody say that an ugly win's better than a pretty loss. Our kids battled. You have to give a lot of credit to GCMS. They played hard. Their kids played hard and did a good job."
Sophomore Brock Swanstrom came up with the game-clinching play for PBL, intercepting Jesse Boma with less than two minutes left. Swanstrom replaced Josh Hopkins, who went out in the second quarter with a sprained ankle, in the secondary.
"It was a good play," Graham said. "Brock's a sophomore that stepped in. We had a lot of guys step in tonight."
Drew Schrodt scored the Panthers' lone touchdown, a 50-yard scamper with 9:24 left in the second quarter. Jonah Wilson successfully kicked the point-after.
Schrodt had 61 yards on nine carries in the first half. He had 63 yards on 10 carries before leaving the game with an injury.
Jesse Houtzel rushed for 95 yards as the Panthers compiled 202 yards on the ground.
Jordyn Schultz scored for GCMS on a 54-yard touchdown run with 8:57 left in the third quarter. He had a total of 77 yards on 11 carries.
"I thought it was a great high school football game," GCMS coach Mike Allen said. "I thought our defense played awesome all night long. We just have to put points on the board. We can't continue to count on our defense to hold teams down."
— Andrew Rosten
Salt Fork 0
BISMARCK — Morgan Supergan led the dominating defensive effort with 13 tackles as the Blue Devils won a showdown of Vermilion Valley unbeatens. Austin Reinken added eight tackles, including three sacks, as B-H held the Storm to 36 yards of offense. Anthony Helton's 28-yard interception return for a touchdown in the fourth quarter sealed the win.
Caleb Bergman threw touchdown passes to Justin Ingram and Patrick Ganley to put B-H up 12-0. Ganley rushed for 154 yards as B-H gained 283 yards.
DANVILLE — Junior Trent Sherfield scored all four of the Vikings' touchdowns and passed to Chris Collier for a pair of two-point conversions as the Vikings scored first and never trailed in their homecoming win at Whitesell Field.
The Danville quarterback started the scoring on a 31-yard run with 4:34 left in the first period. The Vikings shut out the Panthers in the second half.
CHAMPAIGN — Five turnovers did Central in, MacArthur racing to a 21-0 halftime lead. The Maroons averted the shutout when Adrian Gomez scored from 8 yards in the fourth quarter. Gomez finished with 58 yards rushing.
Cerro Gordo 47
OAKLAND — The unbeaten Broncos struck early with 33 first-half points. Steve Isbell and Dee Woods each scored twice and Cole Blickensderfer passed for two scores. Isbell finished with 180 yards rushing on 11 carries. Woods added 100 yards on 14 carries. Wyatt Walsh had nine tackles for the Titans.
Villa Grove 33
ARCOLA — Ryan Pearce rushed for 298 yards and five touchdowns as the Blue Devils pulled away in the second half.
East Central 0
BROADLANDS — Tyler Schuring (7 of 12 for 178 yards) threw for three touchdowns and rushed for another score. Jordan Feagin had two TD catches.
MONTICELLO — Add another weapon to the Sages' arsenal.
Junior Dylan Knisley, in the starting lineup for injured fullback Austin McCall, scored three times and rushed for 92 yards as the Sages rolled to an Okaw Valley win. Ryan Donohue carried 29 times for 156 yards and two TDs for Monticello.
— Andrew Helregel
TOLONO — Justin Deters ran for four touchdowns and threw for another score as the Rockets rolled in a lightning-delayed game.
Deters finished with 153 yards rushing. Conner Grace led the Rockets with 154 yards rushing.
WARRENSBURG — Nick Bates passed for 210 yards and four touchdowns as resurgent Tuscola dominated late. Bates completed 10 of 20 passes, hooking up with Christian Wood and Nolan Walsh for two touchdowns apiece. Walsh finished with 95 yards receiving, Wood 63.
Zach Bates led the Warriors with 72 yards rushing, scoring twice in the fourth quarter.
Clifton Central 27
St. Thomas More 26
CHAMPAIGN — Clifton Central rallied in the second half before sealing the win by blocking a potential game-tying PAT in the fourth quarter.
Storm Joop threw for 119 yards and three touchdowns — including two to Kevin Carroll — to spark the Sabers. Joop's 15-yard TD pass to Cameron Deedrich made it 27-26 with 9:33 left, but the kick was blocked. Joop also ran for a score. Carroll finished with 96 yards on four receptions and ran 39 yards on two carries.
Iroquois West 29
ST. JOSEPH — The unbeaten Spartans raced to a 44-0 lead.
Chase Patton rushed for four touchdowns and Dalton Walsh threw a 24-yard scoring pass to Aaron Woller to lead the Spartans.
"I'm glad we came out and played the way we should play in the first quarter," SJ-O coach Dick Duval said.
OAKWOOD — Georgetown-Ridge Farm/Chrisman hadn't played for three weeks. It didn't show in the first half in a game delayed 70 minutes because of lightning.
The Buffaloes, led by running backs Troy Rodriguez and Dylan Bina, ran roughshod to spoil the Comets' homecoming. Rodriguez rushed for 147 yards on 16 carries and Bina added 138, all in the first half.
"We had 21 days of practice," G-RF/C coach Josh Cavanaugh said. "I really like the way we responded. It was great to see us like that. I'm excited for our team and our community."
G-RF/C quarterback Rylee Goodwin had two touchdown passes in the first half as the Buffaloes surged to a 38-13 lead.
Zach Horatschki had 66 yards rushing and Davin Miles added 63 for the Comets.
— Matt Daniels
MILFORD — The Bearcats won their first conference game.
WATSEKA — Austin Blair rushed for 222 yards and Daulton DePatis scored twice as the Warriors held Momence to four first downs. DePatis completed 4 of 5 passes for 34 yards.
Blair also shined on defense (seven solo tackles, three assists). Brock Meyers had two sacks and Alex Gocken had two tackles for loss.
HEYWORTH — Shane Bruning rushed for 125 yards and two scores as the Panthers took control early. Austin Eddy had 103 yards rushing and Nic Stevens threw three touchdown passes, including two to Nick Aupperle.
Prairie Central 42
STANFORD — Addison Bounds passed for 220 yards and four touchdowns as the Hawks scored 35 first-half points. Kyle Moody had 109 yards receiving and Evan Bahler rushed for 92 yards.
FISHER — Hans Carmien had 52 yards rushing and scored the Bunnies' only touchdown.
El Paso-Gridley 49
Blue Ridge 7
FARMER CITY — Forrest Boggs' touchdown run in the fourth quarter was the Knights' offensive highlight.