Prep Highlights: Central holds on against Urbana

Prep Highlights: Central holds on against Urbana

In football

Champaign Central 35, Urbana 34. The visiting Maroons picked the right time to collect their second win of the season.

Central (2-4) made a last-second defensive stand with Urbana driving and in Maroons' territory, holding on for a Big 12 win on Saturday. The Maroons claimed the Twin City Trophy this year since they beat Centennial in Week 4 and defeated the Tigers (0-6) on Saturday. The win against Urbana also gives Central the Wright Street Trophy, the annual trophy the two teams play for each season, for the fifth straight year.

"It's been a tough season and we have a lot of young players, so we knew it was going to be hard to compete with a lot of teams on our schedule," Central coach Nate Albaugh said. "To be able to win these two games is incredibly meaningful."

Jalen Booker and Devin Turner combined for the game-saving tackle, stopping Urbana at Central's 3-yard line as time expired in a game that featured seven lead changes.

Central quarterback Luke McMahon's 2-yard run, and Mohammad Sweid's subsequent extra point, gave Central the lead for good at 35-34 with less than seven minutes left.

Tarell Evans rushed for 119 yards on 12 carries and two touchdowns to lead the Maroons' offense. Connor Milton chipped in with 70 rushing yards on eight carries.

Tad Meeker threw two touchdown passes to Jerome Rowell to spark the Tigers, and D'Mitri Turner-Watson added a 64-yard touchdown run.

"It was a difficult one for our kids," Urbana coach Ordell Walker said. "Our kids were torn up emotionally. It was a great football game, but it certainly hurts when you don't finish it."

In volleyball

Paris Tournament

Warriors place second. Tuscola beat Lawrenceville 25-12, 25-13 and Armstrong-Potomac 25-22, 25-15, but lost 18-25, 24-26 in the title match to Paris. Karli Dean compiled 19 kills for the Warriors (10-5) on the day. A-P placed fourth, beating Lawrenceville 25-22, 25-22, but losing 13-25, 21-25 to West Vigo (Ind.) in the third-place match. Sarah Porter paced the Trojans (13-8) with 21 kills at the tournament.

LOVC NW Tournament

Broncos pull an upset. Cerro Gordo defeated Arthur-Lovington-Atwood-Hammond 25-15, 25-21 to hand the Knights (16-1) their first loss. The Broncos also beat Okaw Valley 21-25, 25-21, 25-15. Anna Peter (19 kills) and Sydney Walker (17 kills) led the Broncos (10-12) on the day. ALAH beat Decatur Lutheran 25-11, 25-13 in its first match. Taylor Powell produced 15 kills on the day for the Knights.

LOVC SE Tournament

Titans advance. Tri-County beat Oblong 25-5, 25-9 behind nine kills from Ali Smith as the Titans (15-6) moved on. Heritage (14-8) defeated Villa Grove 25-21, 25-27, 25-8, but lost 25-21, 25-22 to Hutsonville/Palestine. Gracyn Allen had 17 kills for the Hawks.

Nontournament

Iroquois West 2, Hoopeston Area 0. The visiting Raiders relied on seven assists and four aces from Rachel Carney and seven digs and four aces from Alondra Barajas to earn a 25-20, 25-23 road win for IW (1-19). Payton Small (four kills, 12 digs) led the Cornjerkers (0-17).

In boys' soccer

Bloomington Cornerstone 3, Fisher/Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley 2. Caleb Bleich scored both goals for the Bunnies (10-4-3) in a road loss.

Champaign Central 1, Mahomet-Seymour 1.Daniel Giger scored the lone goal for Central (6-10-1) and Peter Wagner made seven saves for the Maroons against the visiting Bulldogs (12-3-2).

Chillicothe IVC 6, Monticello 0.Rye Johnson made nine saves for the Sages (8-7-2) in a road loss.

Danville 2, Charleston 1.Caleb Griffin scored both of Danville's goals in a road win for the Vikings (8-6-1).

Hoopeston Area 2, Iroquois West 2. Angel Barajas scored an unassisted goal in the second half to help the host Raiders (17-4-1) tie with the Cornjerkers. Brennen Granados had a goal and an assist for Hoopeston Area (9-10-1).

Rantoul 7, Georgetown-Ridge Farm/Westville 1.Garet Kinnet recorded a hat trick for the Eagles (6-10) in a home win against the Buffaloes (4-13).

St. Thomas More 1, St. Teresa 0.The host Sabers won their 10th straight match and Joe Sellett scored the lone goal, a strike from 30 yards out that allowed STM (19-2-1) to tie the program's single-season wins record.

In girls' golf

At Savoy. Champaign Central placed fifth at the 13-team John Macek Invitational at the UI Blue Course with a 350. Central's Mia Hayasaki tied for fifth with a 77.

In boys' cross-country

At Oakwood. Trey Houmes from Hoopeston Area won the Oakwood Invitational with a time of 16 minutes, 37 seconds — 12 seconds ahead Rantoul's Elijah Hall (16:49).

At Peoria. Michael Moreman of Danville led the sixth-place Vikings with a 15th-place finish in 15 minutes, 22.1 seconds at the Class 1A/2A Peoria Invitational at Detweiller Park.

At Clifton. Paced by Kody Harrison's second-place finish in 16 minutes, 15.44 seconds, Paxton-Buckley-Loda finished second at Twin Valley Conference Meet.

In girls' cross-country

At Oakwood. Fran Hendrickson of St. Thomas More won the Oakwood Invitational with a time 19 minutes, 35 seconds. Payne Turney from Clinton finished second in 19:38.

At Peoria. Shanice Garbutt of Danville won the Class 1A/2A Peoria Invitational at Detweiller Park with a time of 17 minutes, 8.9 seconds. Urbana was ninth, with Libby Cultra (third place, 17:48.6) leading the way for the Tigers.

At Clifton. Paxton-Buckley-Loda's Evie Ellis was second in 20 minutes, 11.81 seconds at the Twin Valley Conference Meet.

In girls' swimming

At Danville. Uni High's Reed Broaders won four events — the 50-yard freestyle in 25.11 seconds, the 50 butterfly (27.57), the 50 backstroke (29.24) and the 100 individual medley (1:06.32) — in a triangular meet.

In girls' tennis

At Peoria. Champaign Central placed seventh at the eight-team Peoria Richwoods Invitational. The No. 1 doubles tandem of Olivia Gunn and Allison Bergh placed third.