BISMARCK — Patrick Ganley averaged 52 first-half yards on five rushing touchdowns to spark the Blue Devils to their school-record 10th win, a Class 2A contest that featured a second-half running clock against the Buffaloes.
Ganley finished with a school-record 274 yards rushing on 12 carries. His first-half scores were on jaunts of 58, 32, 58, 37 and 76 yards.
“He turned good plays into great plays,” B-H coach Mark Dodd said. “It’s fun to see him really blossoming into a good football player. It’s a credit to our offensive line. That’s where we’re building everything.”
Wingback Ty Hufford and left tackle Wilde Garowski were two of the teammates who helped spring Ganley for his career-high yardage total.
“I was very pleased with the focus on both sides of the ball,” Dodd said.
Anthony Helton and Dustyn Ingram had interceptions for B-H. Ingram returned his pick for a score.
“People know we’re pretty good up front, but we’re also pretty good on the back side (in the secondary,” Dodd said.
B-H (10-0), which did not attempt a pass, will host DuQuoin in a second-round game next Saturday at 2 p.m.
The school wins record, Dodd said, is “a great thing for these kids to accomplish and they should be proud of it, but the work is not done yet.”
Defensively, Mo Abbed had seven tackles, Cole Acton six and Luke Horton six.
The Buffaloes’ Andy Nicholson had seven stops. Ryan Berry had seven receptions for 137 yards and both G-RF/C touchdowns. G-RF/C closes 6-4.
Salt Fork 27
CATLIN —Jacob Hughes, pressed into duty after starting quarterback Taylor Kirby was injured, rushed for two touchdowns and passed for another as Salt Fork overpowered Oblong in a Class 1A game. Cole Taylor scored the first TD for the Storm and finished with a game-high 115 rushing yards. Hughes completed 5 of 7 passes for 93 yards.
Taylor and Garrett McFadden each had seven tackles to lead the defense.
The Storm will travel to Carrollton next Saturday. The Hawks (9-1) were ranked 10th in the final 1A state poll. Salt Fork (9-1) was rated ninth.
“Hughes got thrown into the fire and did an outstanding job,” Salt Fork coach Brian Plotner said. “Jacob completed some critical passes to stretch their defense. Our offense played well, which was something we’ve been looking forward to seeing. The line was outstanding.”
“Hands down, we had our best week of practice all year,” Plotner said. “They practiced with intensity and extra pep in their step. The coaches did an outstanding job of having the kids prepared.
“I told the kids before the game if they played like we had practiced, we would be in good shape.”
Kirby suffered a broken clavicle and will be out for the season.
Aurora CC 23
ST. JOSEPH — Speed and accuracy sparked the Spartans on offense in their Class 3A opener. The play of quarterback Dalton Walsh didn’t hurt, either.
“Dalton couldn’t have thrown better,” St. Joseph-Ogden coach Dick Duval said.
Walsh’s 20-yard touchdown pass to Louis Acklin late in the first quarter gave SJ-O the lead. A 12-yard TD pass to Aaron Woller made it 14-3.
“I was flabbergasted at how well we were able to move the ball,” Duval said.
Duval said Acklin’s interception in the third quarter gave the Spartans momentum to finish strong.
“He made a tremendous diving catch,” he said.
Walsh’s 11-yard TD pass to Acklin with 3:12 left in the third made it 35-10.
SJ-O plays Wilmington in Round 2.
“I’m happy for our kids; they need this confidence builder,” Duval said.
Villa Grove 48
VILLA GROVE — Quarterback John Henderson passed for four touchdowns and ran for 195 yards and another score as the Blue Devils had it easy in a Class 1A opener.
“The last four to five weeks of the regular season, John’s decision-making and ability to lead our team was amazing,” Villa Grove coach Chad Musselman said. “It’s just carrying on from there. He’s matured as a quarterback.”
Shane Frick had two TD receptions, and Terrion Price added 78 yards rushing and a touchdown. The Blue Devils visit Maroa-Forsyth next Saturday.
Cerro Gordo 42
CERRO GORDO — Steve Isbell needed only 11 carries to amass 245 yards and four touchdowns as the unbeaten Broncos rolled in Class 2A. It was 42-0 at halftime.
“The kids came out and we played our best half of football this season,” Cerro Gordo coach Andy Kerley said. “Things are starting to come together. We played pretty well.”
Cole Blickensderfer completed 4 of 7 passes for 159 yards and touchdown passes to CJ Somers and Dee Woods. Kyle Gideon, Andy Maltby and Tyce Rittenhouse each had seven tackles for the Broncos, who visit Camp Point next.
ROCHESTER — Wisconsin recruit Garret Dooley scored twice and Rochester’s defense did the rest, eliminating the Bulldogs in a Class 4A opener.
“Watching them on film, it was clear they had the best defense in all of Class 4A,” M-S coach Keith Pogue said. “We knew we were going to struggle.”
Cully Day had eight tackles for M-S. Jordan Rock rushed for 52 yards and Andrew Roney passed for 122.
Brown County 24
LeROY — Shane Bruning rushed for 233 yards and two touchdowns as the unbeaten Panthers scored 49 first-half points. Cory Eastham rushed for 137 yards and two touchdowns, and Austin Eddy scored four times for the Class 1A contenders.
DJ Morgan had 13 tackles and Matt Hamilton had 12 for the Panthers, who surrendered only four first downs and recovered three fumbles. LeRoy plays Flanagan-Cornell next.
Central A&M 55
Milford/Cissna Park 27
MOWEAQUA — The Bearcats pulled within 15-13 on Alex Rabe’s second-quarter scoring run, but A&M (9-1) scored 28 consecutive points to take control of the Class 1A game.
Rabe scored two TDs for M/CP (6-4). Devon Laubscher and Josh Marquez also scored for M/CP. Marquez scored on a pass from his brother, Jacob, to create a 7-7 tie.
KEWANEE — Austin Blair rushed for 133 yards and a touchdown for the Warriors, who were tied at 14 in the third quarter of their Class 2A opener.
St. Thomas More 14
ELMWOOD — A slow start did in the Sabers, who fell behind 27-0 in the Class 3A opener. Kevin Carroll had eight catches for 124 yards and a touchdown for the Sabers, who were held to 41 yards rushing. Carroll finished the season with 1,071 yards receiving.
CARLINVILLE — Jordan Feagin scored both touchdowns for Arthur-Lovington, which fell behind 39-6 at halftime in a 2A game at Carlinville (9-1).
His first TD was on a 25-yard pass from Tyler Schuring.
Camp Point Central 40
CAMP POINT — Gage Eller threw for 117 yards and a touchdown for the Bombers, who got 14 tackles from Logan Jackson in a Class 2A loss.