League leaders pounce on PBL

League leaders pounce on PBL

Watseka runs past nonconference foe

CLIFTON – Paxton- Buckley-Loda's game against Clifton Central did not set up well for the Panthers (1-5).

Quarterback Kendall Cox (thumb) and tailback Seth Staton (torn MCL) were injured last week and did not dress on a chilly night against the Sangamon Valley Conference leaders, who were celebrating their homecoming.

With two of their top players out, the Panthers lost 46-4 to the Comets on Friday night.

Ricky Tester had 64 yards on 27 carries and Jordan Houtzel added 35 yards on six attempts as PBL guaranteed its second straight losing season.

Cox's backup, sophomore Landon Tolley, struggled with the passing game, throwing four interceptions.

Clifton Central struck early, scoring on its first five possessions to go up 34-0 with 10:41 left in the second quarter.

But the Panthers did not quit.

"The one positive that we get out of it is that we didn't give up," PBL coach Greg Wood said. "We didn't lay down completely. We could have in the first quarter; it seemed like they were scoring on every offensive play they had. It's just one of those things: Clifton Central is a good football team; they were better than us."

The Panthers' defense would tighten up eventually, tacking on two safeties, which raised the team total to three on the season.

But too much happened in the early portion of the game to overcome.

"It's tough to get beat that way," Wood said. "I feel bad for them, I feel bad for the coaching staff. We're all putting in an awful lot of effort, we're just not seeing the results."

Watseka 39, Olympia 14. Dylan DeFauw threw two touchdowns and ran for another to lift the Warriors to a nonconference road victory.

Watseka, which trailed 7-0, ran for 317 yards including two touchdowns by Alex Hall (30, 5) and a 5-yard score from Marcel Maiden.

"They came out and smacked us tonight. We were able to play with composure, and our line did well," Warriors coach Tom Starks said.