All's well for M-S Bulldogs in opener
FAIRBURY – Andrew Brewer rushed for 120 yards and scored three touchdowns on eight carries as Mahomet-Seymour steamrolled Prairie Central 54-0 on Friday night.
"If the kids do what they're supposed to do and don't get fat, dumb and happy, we'll have an opportunity to have a good season," M-S coach Tom Shallenberger said. "We have 28 seniors, and it makes a big difference."
The Bulldogs led 41-0 at halftime, dominating both sides of the ball.
M-S, ranked ninth in Class 4A, scored on its first five possessions and had 251 total yards at the half.
Prairie Central, which is ranked fourth in 4A, was held to 10 yards and one first down in the first half. The suffocating M-S defense also caused four turnovers. Two of those were interceptions by Jon McComb, including one that was returned for a touchdown.
The Bulldogs allowed 44 total yards and two first downs.
Spencer Williams added two rushing touchdowns, including the first touchdown of the game with 8:27 left in the first quarter.
Quarterback Lyle Shallenberger threw a TD to Blake Sorensen and Nick Malinowski finished the scoring for M-S with a 1-yard touchdown run in the third quarter.
Tom Shallenberger said the first possession – one that included two M-S fumbles – set the tone for the game.
"It was the first game," Tom Shallenberger said. "We played well, but on our opening possession we had trouble holding onto the ball, but luckily (the ball) came back to us and we scored."
Lyle Shallenberger, the coach's son, finished 4 of 7 for 54 yards and the lone passing touchdown. More importantly, the quarterback led M-S' of-fense to 330 total yards and 13 first downs, dominating time of possession and total yards.
"We came out and moved the ball right away," Brewer said. "Everything was clicking. Everyone got involved, and I didn't have to carry the ball too much.
"It was a game of excellence."