That's a wrap: Week 2 prep football roundup

That's a wrap: Week 2 prep football roundup

A glance at the results of Friday's area Week 2 games:

Danville 21, Urbana 20

URBANA — The visiting Vikings used a 44-yard touchdown run from Devin Miles and a subsequent extra point for the go-ahead lead early in the third quarter, holding on for a Big 12 win.

The touchdown run by Miles — who had 122 rushing yards on 13 carries — helped Danville overcome a 20-14 halftime deficit in a game that started at 4:30 p.m. instead of its slated 7 p.m. kickoff because of safety concerns.

"We have young kids and some new kids who are still learning and growing," Danville coach Marcus Forrest said. "To go from a 7 p.m. game to a 4:30 p.m. game, it's a different feel. We came out a little lethargic, but we played a lot better in the second half."

Danville quarterback Delrey Crowder went 6 of 12 for 115 yards and two touchdowns, including a 76-yard touchdown pass to Jeffrey Beasley. Urbana led 7-0 at the end of the first quarter and kept it close throughout.

The Tigers managed 201 yards of total offense, with Tad Meeker going 15 of 23 for 136 passing yards and two touchdowns. Jerome Rowell caught seven passes for 95 yards and both scores.

"They're very improved," Forrest said. "They have some athletes who were running around and competing hard."

 

Mahomet-Seymour 49, Charleston 20

MAHOMET — Jordan Veldman accounted for more than 300 all-purpose yards, opening the game by returning the kickoff 85 yards for a touchdown in an Apollo Conference win for the host Bulldogs.

M-S racked up 512 yards of total offense, including 364 on the ground. Veldman rushed for 137 yards and Dawson Finch threw for 148 yards in helping the Bulldogs pull away from Charleston to win their first game.

ANTHONY ZILLIS

 

St. Joseph-Ogden 21, Rantoul 6

ST. JOSEPH — SJ-O running back Dwight Colvin scored the Ilini Prairie Conference game's first touchdown to give the host Spartans a 7-0 lead midway through the second quarter, and SJ-O garnered the win in a game delayed by lightning for almost an hour.

Colvin finished with 162 rushing yards and accounted for all three scores by the Spartans.

Angelo Brown hit Kayon Cunningham on 20-yard touchdown pass for the Eagles' lone score.

 

St. Thomas More 38, Olympia 32

STANFORD — A back-and-forth Illini Prairie Conference game saw the visiting Sabers prevail in a high-scoring contest.

Bryson Lee connected with Dominic Magrini late in the third quarter on a 55-yard touchdown pass to give STM a 38-32 lead, and the Sabers' defense did the rest to earn their first win of the season.

"Honestly, I told the kids I felt bad I wasn't more excited because I'm just exhausted," STM coach Nathan Watson said. "I feel like I just fought 25 minutes in the UFC."

Lee added a 78-yard touchdown run and also hit Magrini again on a 50-yard touchdown pass, with Riley Morris intercepting a pass and Jason Brown recovering a fumble to preserve the win.

"By no means, did Olympia back down," Watson said. "We had to earn it for sure. This team grew up."

 

Pontiac 20, Unity 10

PONTIAC — The Rockets took an early 3-0 lead, but host Pontiac responded with 20 unanswered points to close out the first half and hang on for the Illini Prairie win, sending Unity to its second consecutive loss to start the season.

 

Monticello 52, Chillicothe IVC 7

MONTICELLO — The host Sages forced two turnovers in the game's first two minutes to take control against Illinois Valley Central in a dominant first quarter.

A tipped pass by Riley Austin landed in the arms of Brandun Burton who took it 16 yards for a Sages defensive touchdown to open the scoring. Monticello's Alek Bundy snagged an interception on IVC's next play and then scored on a 26-yard pass from Braden Snyder less than two minutes into the first quarter.

The Sages didn't slow down, scoring three more times in the first nine minutes. Monticello tallied 35 points in its first eight offensive plays.

Snyder's first four passes went for scores: a 26-yard touchdown to Bundy, 15 yards to Luke Stringer, 53 yards to Bundy again and a 35-yard strike to Devin Graham.

Snyder finished 6 for 6 for 186 yards and four touchdowns, all in the first half.

"After it was 21-0 and I think there were only four minutes gone, it was almost like the game was over and I hate that," Monticello coach Cully Welter said. "I was really pleased with how we came out though."

Bundy also scored on a 75-yard interception return, one of IVC's four turnovers on the night.

"It was real fun out there," Bundy said. "Everybody was doing what they were supposed to when I was in there. I was happy to come away with that (interception)."

ANDREW HELREGEL

 

Prairie Central 40, Bloomington CC 7

FAIRBURY — The host Hawks stayed unbeaten on the season, leading the Saints 18-0 at the end of the first quarter en route to an Illini Prairie win. Collier Palmore rushed for 136 yards and two touchdowns, with Matt Kerns (117 rushing yards) and Wyatt Steidinger (93 rushing yards) also chipping in for Prairie Central.

 

Fisher 26, Tremont 21

FISHER — Tyler Wilson's postgame face said it all.

Moments after leading Fisher past Tremont, the Bunnies' running back nearly couldn't keep his eyes open as he walked off the field.

It's easy to understand the reason for the junior's physical exhaustion, as he produced a star performance, rushing for 146 yards and two touchdowns on 35 carries.

"He's a workhorse," Fisher quarterback Will Delaney said. "He's an engine that never stops. He never stops. He's great for us. He's going to be tired every night. We rely on him a lot. He's one of the hearts and souls of this team. He's a quiet dude, but, man, when he puts the helmet on he's hardcore out here."

Wilson's 1-yard touchdown run with 5 minutes, 24 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter gave the Bunnies a 26-21 lead. The junior's game-winning plunge followed two huge plays by Delaney — a 13-yard run on a fake punt inside the Bunnies' own 20-yard line and a beautiful pass-and-catch to Tyler Martin on a 54-yard streak up the right sideline. A fourth-down stop inches in front of the sticks by Fisher's defense proved to be the critical final play of the night with less than two minutes remaining.

Wilson's performance against the Turks followed a five-touchdown game in a Week 1 victory over Hoopeston Area/Schlarman Academy/Armstrong-Potomac. The workload over the first two weeks is something the 5-9, 160-pounder and coach Jake Palmer knew would be in the cards during the 2018 season upon lead running back Jaden Jones-Watkins' graduation last year.

"Before the year started, Coach was talking about how he wanted me to eat more and lift more to get bigger so I could take over for Jaden," said Wilson, who carried the ball between the tackles on the majority of his 35 totes. "They played Dee-Mack (last week), and it was a physical game. They should've won that game, so we knew we had to come out here and get physical."

 

Paxton-Buckley-Loda 26, Georgetown-Ridge Farm 8

GEORGETOWN — Paxton-Buckley-Loda scored 19 consecutive points in the second half en route to a nonconference road victory.

A 5-yard touchdown by Kyle Poll erased an 8-7 deficit for PBL with 9:24 left in the third quarter before quarterback Gunner Belt connected with Keyn Humes for a 20-yard score with 3:37 remaining in the third quarter and with Poll for a 32-yard touchdown with 9:21 left in the fourth quarter.

"My hat's off to our kids," PBL coach Jeff Graham said. "We said at halftime that this is what is called a football game, and we came out in the second half and responded and played hard, physical football, and came out on top."

Landen Noggle (90 rushing yards) scored on a 7-yard run and coverted on a scamper on the ensuing two-point conversion to give G-RF an 8-0 lead with 1:07 left in the first quarter. From there, the Panthers' defense produced a shutout.

"The defense kept plugging along and doing a good job," Graham said.

The Panthers answered with a 10-yard touchdown pass from Belt to Mason Ecker with 8:50 left in the second quarter. It was the first of Belt's three TD passes in his debut as a starter.

"Gunner played a good game," Graham said. "He threw the ball well."

ANDREW ROSTEN

 

Salt Fork 16, Watseka 8

CATLIN — Salt Fork held on for a nonconference win, with Gage Romack (6 of 10 for 71 passing yards, 82 rushing yards on 20 carries) spearheading the offense. Caine Wilson hauled in four passes for 58 yards, with Payton Taylor compiling nine tackles for the Storm.

Anthony Quinn completed 7 of 16 passes for 135 yards, with Blake Castonguay snaring four of those receptions for 57 yards.

 

GCMS 41, Eureka 12

EUREKA — The visiting Falcons opened up Heart of Illinois Conference Large play with a convincing win, leading 41-0 at halftime and never letting the Hornets back into the game.

 

LeRoy 26, Ridgeview/Lexington 21

LeROY — A 26-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter by Jakob Sexton allowed LeRoy to earn an HOIC Small win. Isaac Nava led LeRoy with 85 rushing yards, and Ryan Benton paced the Mustangs with 108 rushing yards.

 

Clinton 54, Pawnee 14

PAWNEE — Tyrese Petty turned in rushing touchdowns of 61 and 65 yards, Kolby Winter recorded a pair of 35-yard scoring dashes and the Maroons blitzed the Indians.

 

Newton 49, Sullivan/Okaw Valley 21

SULLIVAN — Luke Vanderburgh accounted for two touchdowns and Dominick Kimberlin returned an interception 85 yards for a touchdown, but the host Redskins couldn't pull off a nonconference victory.

 

Argenta-Oreana 46, Meridian 14

ARGENTA — Josh Williams went 11 of 19 for 157 yards and three touchdowns to spark the host Bombers to a nonconference win.

Skyler Peterson (107 rushing yards) and Makhi Stanley (106 rushing yards) chipped in for A-O, which led 46-0 at halftime in its first home game on its new artificial turf.

 

Cerro Gordo/Bement 45, Shelbyville 20

CERRO GORDO — John Connor rushed for 121 yards and two touchdowns, Ethan Mann threw for 168 yards and Jake Hayes caught two touchdown passes, sending the host Broncos to a convincing nonconference win.

 

Villa Grove/Heritage 40, ALAH 13

ARTHUR — The visiting Blue Devils took a commanding lead in the first half and didn't let up, giving coach Heath Wilson his first win in charge of the VG/H program.

 

Tri-County 15, South Fork 14

KINCAID — The visiting Titans prevailed in nonconference play, staying unbeaten.

 

Oblong 21, Blue Ridge 0

FARMER CITY — A week after opening its season with a shutout win, the Knights (1-1) were on the opposite end of the spectrum in their home opener.