Seniors go down swinging

By: Dave Fultz

By: Dave Fultz

By: Dave Fultz

By: Dave Fultz

URBANA – Urbana celebrated its departing seniors in an emotional last game of the season Friday night.

A late burst by Decatur MacArthur spoiled the fun.

In a tough game to end a trying year, Urbana lost 36-20 in Big 12 Conference action. It was tied at 20 midway through the third quarter before momentum shifted in the Generals' favor.

"We got better this season, and our kids got better every game," Urbana coach Mike Hoskins said. "We had a chance to win this one, and we played tough in the first half."

Urbana led at the break. But MacArthur, taking advantage of two safeties, grabbed control of the game early in the second half.

"We didn't win the field position in the second half," Hoskins said. "They weren't scoring for most of the third quarter, but we were pinned on the wrong side of the field.

"We just weren't ever in a situation to get anything going, and we ran out of bullets."

Senior running back Antonio Jones finished his career on a high note, toting the ball 18 times for 94 yards and two touchdowns.

"Antonio Jones can play anywhere on the field," Hoskins said. "We lost him for three games in the beginning of the season, and that really hurt us. He's a heckuva football player."

Afterward, Hoskins and his staff expressed frustration about calls that didn't go their way.

"(The officials) had some terrible calls and misapplied rules," Hoskins said. "But that didn't change anything in the second half and you have to give MacArthur credit. They are a good team with a good coaching staff."

MacArthur coach Derek Spates said the win was a springboard into next year.

"We wanted to win this game for the seniors," Spates said, "But this game will also catapult us into next season. When you are 2-8 you have to find ways to motivate your players, and getting momentum for next season is a great way to do that."

MacArthur was led by sophomore quarterback Robert Smith, who completed 13 of 24 passes for 203 yards and two touchdown passes. He also ran the ball for 105 yards and a score.

"There are a lot of things you can do with a kid like Robert," Spates said. "Being a player of that caliber, we expect great things from him, and he makes things easy. You just tell him go run or go throw and he goes out and does it."

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