Each Saturday, prep sports coordinator Fred Kroner will review Friday night's action:
WARRIORS NOT PUSHOVERS
The playoff brackets showed Watseka as a 16 seed playing at unbeaten Flanagan, a No. 1 seed. The Warriors (5-5) earned a ton of respect by pushing the Falcons to the wire. Flanagan needed a touchdown in the final minute to overcome a 21-20 deficit.
Nice to see the wet and sloppy field conditions didn't have an adverse effect on most area placekickers. Westville's Alex McMahon was 5 for 5, Watseka's Cameron Parker was 3 for 3 and Oakwood/Armstrong-Potomac's Brady Leeman was 2 for 2. Danville and St. Thomas More were each 0 for 1 on extra-point tries, and GCMS went for a two-point conversion.
THE QUEST CONTINUES
First-round action continues today for 10 area schools, including five that have home games: Arcola, Cerro Gordo/DeLand-Weldon, Salt Fork (at Jamaica) and Tuscola in 1A and St. Joseph-Ogden in 3A.
ZACH GRAY, Watseka. He rallied the Warriors with two fourth-quarter TD passes, the last with 4:35 left put his team in position for the upset until the last minute.
KENDALL CARTER, Danville. His arm and feet accounted for more than 70 percent of the Vikings' offense this season (2,122 of 3,019 yards).
CALEB PRATT, Westville. Added to his all-time state career records, which are now 7,624 yards rushing, 119 touchdowns and 37 games in excess of 100 yards rushing.
TOP FIVE RUSHERS
CALEB PRATT, Westville. 23 carries, 224 yards, four touchdowns
J SUTTON, Oakwood/Armstrong-Potomac. 10 carries, 69 yards, no touchdowns
BRADY LEEMAN, Oakwood/Armstrong-Potomac. 15 carries, 45 yards, one touchdown
ZACH GRAY, Watseka. 12 carries, 41 yards, one touchdown
DYLAN RAY, St. Thomas More. 20 carries, 40 yards, one touchdown
TOP FIVE PASSERS
ZACH GRAY, Watseka. 18 of 34, 253 yards, two touchdowns
KENDALL CARTER, Danville. 15 of 27, 190 yards, one touchdown
STEPHAN BIRT, GCMS. 4 of 8, 38 yards, no touchdowns
KRISTIAN GALLIVAN, St. Thomas More. 1 of 13, 22 yards, no touchdowns
TAYLOR WALSH, Oakwood/Armstrong-Potomac. 1 of 4, 5 yards, no touchdowns
TOP FIVE RECEIVERS
CAMERON PARKER, Watseka: seven receptions, 106 yards, one touchdown
DREW WATTS, Watseka: six receptions, 72 yards, one touchdown
MIKEL BRIGHAM, Danville: six receptions, 66 yards, no touchdowns
DAVEON ALLEN, Danville: five receptions, 57 yards, no touchdowns
DERRICK CUNNINGHAM, Danville: three receptions, 48 yards, one touchdown
Kudos to the defense, which had nine sacks (four by Jordan Barney) and intercepted three passes (one by area leader Aaron Johnson) while allowing 88 total yards.
The Vikings lost to Normal Community for the seventh consecutive time – and for the fourth time in the past 12 games – but back-to-back unbeaten freshman classes indicates that future results could be different.