DECATUR — MacArthur’s Generals kept Cameron Mammen out of the end zone Friday night, but they couldn’t stop his teammates.
Kenny Patton scored three touchdowns and Alex Lynch two as the Tigers reached the seven-win mark for just the third time in the past 26 years with a 33-20 Big 12 Conference win against MacArthur.
The teams were tied at halftime thanks to a 1-yard second-quarter run by Patton, followed by Sam Weatherhead’s kick. An 8-yard third-quarter run by Alex Lynch put Urbana (7-1) ahead to stay.
“Seven wins feels great,” Urbana coach Nathan Watson said. “We’re to the point we expect to win.”
Also to the point where Mammen achieves an almost weekly milestone. He completed 16 of 27 passes for 185 yards against MacArthur and became the first quarterback in Twin City history to reach the 4,000-yard mark for a career. He has 4,150 passing yards.
With a team-high 83-yard rushing effort, the senior also moved into the top 20 on the all-time IHSA state charts for total offense (5,922 yards). He stands 18th overall.
Dustin Lard caught eight passes for 80 yards. Patton finished with 61 yards rushing on 18 carries.
The loss eliminated MacArthur (3-5) from playoff eligibility. A year ago, it was the Generals who ended Urbana’s playoff hopes.
“I’m most happy we don’t have to face them in the 5A playoffs,” said Watson, whose team is ranked 10th. “They are a dangerous team. They made us earn this.”
The key, he said, was the play of his defensive line. Both Chris Lenear and Mikshadd Townsend recovered fumbles and Cedrick Fry was also a standout.
“Defense won the game,” Watson said. “The D-line was awesome.”
Normal Community 48, Danville 24. Trent Sherfield rushed for two touchdowns and passed for one, but the visiting Ironmen overcame an early 8-3 deficit by rolling up 24 consecutive points. The Vikings (4-4) are in a must-win situation in Week 9 to remain playoff eligible.
“Our backs were already against the wall and now they’re even deeper,” Danville coach B.J. Luke said. “We didn’t perform well. They stifled us up front. They dominated us on the lines.”
Sherfield rushed for 75 yards on 22 carries and completed 15 of 33 passes for 251 yards. Steven Williams made seven catches for 115 yards and scored a touchdown.