Player of the game
Illini quarterback Wes Lunt
After a shaky start (give the guy a break, he hadn’t played in two years), the Rochester rocket finished with 285 yards and four touchdowns. And his teammates promise he will get better. Somewhere, Nathan Scheelhaase was smiling, knowing his old spot is in good hands.
Hey Mikey...I think he likes it!
Seriously, though, it's obvious that this one wasn't all peaches and cream. Wes Lunt's arm took a bit longer to get rolling than we all would have liked, but I was impressed with how he took control of the game late. Here's Wes after the game on his receivers.
FINAL: Illinois 28, Youngstown State 17
CHAMPAIGN (AP) — It took a while but new quarterback Wes Lunt delivered a come-from-behind 28-17 win Saturday for Illinois over Youngstown State in a season opener.
Lunt threw three late touchdowns for Illinois. The second was a 15-yarder to running back Josh Ferguson that put Illinois up for good 21-17.
News-Gazette Area Top 10 Rnkings
Team (Prvs.) Record Next
1. St. Joseph-Ogden (1) 1-0 Friday, At Clifton Central (1-0)
2. Centennial (2) 0-0 Friday, home vs. Marion (0-1)
Illinois vs Youngstown State WDWS Football Pre-Game 8-30-14: Play now!
Illinois vs Youngstown State WDWS Football Pre-Game 8-30-14. Steve Kelly, Loren Tate, and Brian Moline.
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It was 30 minutes before kickoff, but I could tell it was going to be a good night.
I purchased a diet pepsi from the Villa Grove concession stand and it was so cold there were small pieces of ice inside the plastic bottle. Just what was needed on a steamy evening.
LeRoy 18, GCMS 10
GIBSON CITY — LeRoy controlled the pace of the game in its season-opening win at Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley.
The Panthers used seven rushers to compile 324 ground yards and were led by fullback Corbin Litherland with 91 yards and a touchdown. Quarterback Bryce Dooley carried the ball most with 19 rushes for 75 yards and a score of his own.