Monticello, GCMS to play for football state titles

Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley football gets a chance to defend its Class 2A state championship.

And Monticello football will have an opportunity to add to its historic season.

Both area programs clinched a date next Friday afternoon at Memorial Stadium in Champaign with wins on Saturday afternoon in their respective state semifinal games.

Sages dynamic duo aims to keep team's dream season alive

MONTICELLO — Devin Graham remembers playing youth football with Asher Bradd. The earliest recollections come from third grade, within a south Piatt County league.

Nowadays, the two Monticello seniors are pass-catching dynamos as the Sages (12-0) roll into today's Class 3A semifinal showdown with visiting Carlinville (12-0).

Falcon linemen leading the way

GIBSON CITY — Joe Allen is a man of few words.

That's OK, according to Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley football coach Mike Allen.

"He's usually like, 'Yeah, uh-huh, yeah,'" said Mike Allen, no relation to the soft-spoken left guard for GCMS. "But he's a great kid."

Three local programs face big tests in semfinals

Three area football programs have a shot at advancing today to state title games next Friday at Memorial Stadium. Preps coordinator COLIN LIKAS dives into their respective state semifinal matchups that take place today:


(2) Carlinville (12-0) at (1) Monticello (12-0), 2 p.m. today

Brotherly love: Stanleys have A-O on a roll

ARGENTA — Makhi and Makail Stanley display ardent brotherly support.

The Argenta-Oreana senior and junior would rather talk about one another than themselves when it comes to their football accomplishments. And there have been plenty.

3A Football Semi: Monticello vs. Carlinville

Monticello vs. Carlinville in a Class 3A semi-final football game at Monticello on Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018.

Prep football statistical leaders: Nov. 15, 2018

2018 Area Football Leaders


Player,School Att Yrds TD AVG

Lahey, BH/RA 247 1872 27 7.5

Smiley, Oakwd 169 1611 19 9.5

T. Wilson, Fisher 276 1494 26 5.4

Trantina, GCMS 172 1476 33 8.6

Hopkins, Arcola 203 1385 18 6.8

Week 13 prep football storylines: Trying to make history

Sports editor MATT DANIELS looks at three area state semifinal playoff games kicking off on Saturday:

1 Monticello football's recent history has been filled with success under coach Cully Welter.

During his 10 seasons in Piatt County, the Sages (12-0) have made the playoffs every campaign.

Top of the Morning, Nov. 13, 2018

The kids at Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley High School would like nothing better than to spend part of Thanksgiving break at Memorial Stadium.

"The school is very excited for our football team," senior GABBY DAMMKOEHLER said. "The team went to state last year, and we hope they make it again this year. Everyone's very supportive and proud."

2018 football, volleyball, boys' soccer schedules/results


Aug. 25    vs. South Beloit        W 42-0        1-0