Hall, mates have blast

Hall, mates have blast

Running back scores three TDs in homecoming rout

WATSEKA – The explosion before the game led to an explosive offensive output by Watseka in a 52-14 victory against Paxton-Buckley-Loda on Friday night in a Sangamon Valley Conference contest.

"It's homecoming, so we're all a little fired up," running back Alex Hall said. "That cannon just gets us going a little bit more."

It showed when Hall shot straight down the field on the game's opening kickoff for an 85-yard touchdown.

Coach Tom Stark just was glad to repay the opponent, after Watseka had SVC rival St. Thomas More do the same thing to the Warriors in their 25-6 loss Sept. 12.

"Doing it to somebody else, it certainly gives you a lift and gives you momentum," Stark said. "It was nice to have."

Hall finished with 91 yards rushing and three touchdowns.

Quarterback Dylan Defauw threw for 240 yards on 14-of-23 passing, accounting for three touchdowns. Two went through the air to Sawyer Harris.

"They were stacking seven in the box," Defauw said of PBL's defense. "The line was doing pretty good. It just opened up a lot downfield; our guys are pretty fast."

Stark said his quarterback saw the field well.

"Dylan did a good job with his reads," Stark said. "He's a mobile quarterback, and he was on the money."

Panthers coach Greg Wood has had the same thing to say after each of PBL's three losses.

"We didn't win the battle up front," Wood said. "We've got to clean things up up front. We tried to put pressure on them, tried to stop the run and force them to beat us with the pass, and they were able to throw the ball. We just gave up too many big plays."

Ricky Tester had 113 yards rushing to lead the Panthers (1-3), and quarterback Kendall Cox completed 8 of 13 passes for 99 yards. Cox also was intercepted once.

Sophomore tailback Seth Staton scored both touchdowns for PBL.

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