Week 2 prep football roundup: Danville stays hot
Danville 46, Mattoon 3
MATTOON – The Vikings made sure their stay in the state rankings would last another week.
Danville, ranked eighth in Class 6A, got touchdown runs from Malcolm Anderson, Edward Clark and Justin March to take control in the first half. Clowzell Adams' 15-yard interception return put the Vikings up 26-3 at the break.
"They're a good football team," first-year Mattoon coach Troy Johnson said. "Defensively, we played better tonight. At times we were just outmanned, but that's all right."
Anderson completed 7 of 12 passes for 116 yards. Mario Crosby rushed for 66 yards and a touchdown.
MacArthur 31, Centennial 24
DECATUR – The Chargers, whose strong second half led to a win in Week 1, couldn't duplicate their effort.
MacArthur erased a 17-3 deficit and hung on in Big 12 play, recovering an onside kick in the closing seconds.
Shaquille Traylor rushed for 129 yards, including a 4-yard touchdown late in the fourth quarter to cut the gap to seven. Walter Odom added 73 yards rushing.
Jake Chesnut's passing sparked Centennial early. He hooked up with Josh Butts and Tiger O'Neil for touchdown passes and a 17-3 lead. Chesnut finished 14 of 21 for 156 yards. O'Neil had five catches for 76 yards.
Marshall 20, Mahomet-S. 7
MAHOMET – Despite outgaining Marshall by 71 yards, the host Bulldogs were foiled by their own mistakes in falling to 0-2. M-S committed four turnovers, three inside its own 30-yard line, and had 11 penalties for 83 yards.
The Bulldogs scored in the final period on a 38-yard run by Quentin McNew.
Alex Smith had three receptions for 110 yards for M-S.
Fisher 28, Tremont 16
FISHER – Those looking to take in a late-summer blockbuster may want to check out the Guy Kirby Show: Coming to a high school football field near you.
For the second straight week, the Fisher senior was the star attraction, piling up nearly 400 total yards to lead the Bunnies.
Kirby started the game with a 61-yard kickoff return to the Turks' 18-yard line. Kamaron Mason punched it in from 3 yards out moments later for a 7-0 lead.
Following a Trevor Unzicker interception on the Turks' first offensive play, Fisher quarterback Trey Rogers ran it in from 6 yards out for a 14-0 advantage.
"It was a great start," Kirby said. "It's hard for them to come back after that, especially with our crowd. Our crowd is great."
He was just getting warmed up.
With the Bunnies leading 14-10 late in the first half, Kirby went back to work, busting loose for a 67-yard scoring run with 12.3 seconds left.
Fisher didn't let up in the third quarter. Kirby's 70-yard touchdown run resulted in a 28-10 lead that held up until late in the fourth quarter.
Kirby finished with 278 yards rushing on 21 carries and completed the Bunnies' only pass for 10 yards.
His supporting cast wasn't bad, either. The Fisher defense, led by Cody Flynn's five tackles for loss – three of which were sacks – limited Tremont to 209 total yards.
"It's a new season, but we have good leaders and kids who are working hard," Fisher coach Matt Leng said. "We're playing hard and doing the right things."
Flynn had 12 tackles and Mason had eight solos for the Bunnies, who got two tackles for loss by freshman Wade Williams.
— Nate Norris
Rochester 57, Rantoul 35
ROCHESTER – The visiting Eagles gave the state's No. 1 team (Class 4A) a tussle, getting 83 yards and a long touchdown run from Tyler Myers. Myers completed 5 of 10 passes for 78 yards and Lamont Miller returned a kickoff 88 yards for a score.
"It's a boost for our confidence," Rantoul coach Shane Carter said. "I was so proud of these kids. They came in with a fire in their eyes."
Prairie Central 26, Olympia 6
FAIRBURY – Jeremy Peters ran for a touchdown and passed 21 yards to Mitchell McDonald for another to spark the host Hawks.
Warrensburg-Latham 27, Sullivan 26
SULLIVAN – Warrensburg-Latham stormed back in the second half, outscoring the hosts 21-0.
Bismarck-Henning 32, Villa Grove 29
VILLA GROVE – Junior Ian Park's 17-yard field goal in overtime lifted the Blue Devils, who scored with a minute left to force the extra session.
"It was just a lot of heart from our kids," B-H assistant coach Greg Allsopp said. "We fought back and never gave up. We had big belief and we stuck with it."
Adam Baker's 29-yard pass from Krystian Ingram and Park's extra point tied the game at 29 with a minute left in the fourth quarter. Michael Grant passed for 81 yards and two touchdowns and also rushed for a score in the win.
Villa Grove lost four fumbles. John Turner scored twice and rushed for 105 yards in the loss.
Lexington 40, GCMS 12
LEXINGTON – A slow start did in No. 8 (Class 2A) Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley.
The Falcons fell behind 28-6 at halftime and never recovered.
"This team is a group of competitors," GCMS coach Mike Allen said. "They'll come back at 8 o'clock Saturday morning and they'll get back to work. They won't lay down. They better not."
Stephan Birt threw a touchdown pass and had 177 total yards for the Falcons.
Farmington 47, Cerro Gordo 27
FARMINGTON – Nathan Lawler did his best to keep Cerro Gordo, ranked seventh in Class 1A, in the game.
Lawler rushed for 49 yards and passed for 234, completing 20 of 32 for three touchdowns.
The Broncos fell behind 26-7 at halftime.
Fieldcrest 27, Blue Ridge 0
FARMER CITY – The Knights fell behind 14-0 at halftime and couldn't recover.
Central A&M 41, Clinton 6
CLINTON – Aaron Ennis' touchdown pass to Jocelyn Hopkinson accounted for Clinton's points.
Westville 34, Momence 28
WESTVILLE – Matt Maser rushed for 188 yards and passed for two scores as the Tigers, ranked fifth in Class 2A, hung on. Brendon Severado had six receptions for 137 yards and two touchdowns.
Brandon Pratt added 88 yards rushing, including a 3-yard score in the second quarter that proved to be the winning points.
Salt Fork 34, South Piatt 0
CATLIN – Brandon Dixon set the tone and the state-ranked Storm's defense did the rest.
Dixon ran for two long first-quarter touchdowns for No. 6 (Class 1A) Salt Fork, which got eight tackles from Jordan Hallet. Dixon finished with three rushing touchdowns and 73 yards on eight carries.
Cody Davis added 78 yards rushing for the Storm. Joe Pratt passed for a score and ran 2 yards for another.
Stillman Valley 41, SJ-O 27
STILLMAN VALLEY – Jake Bock scored two touchdowns and Blake Hoveln passed for two touchdowns for St. Joseph-Ogden.
The Spartans fell behind 14-0 in the first period, but pulled into a tie at 9:21 of the third quarter on Bock's 32-yard run and Cody Bohlen's placement. The first SJ-O touchdown was on a 53-yard pass from Hoveln to Dakota Hicks.
Stillman Valley put four consecutive TDs on the board, and led 41-14 with less than 5 minutes to play.
Bock scored on a 2-yard run before Bohlen concluded the scoring with 1:03 to play, hauling in a 6-yard strike from Hoveln.
— Fred Kroner
St. Teresa 14, Tuscola 13
DECATUR – Phillip Meyer passed for 156 yards and a touchdown in the Warriors' road loss.
Tuscola is No. 4 in 1A and St. Teresa No. 7 in 3A.
"Our kids can hold their heads high for the way they battled against a great team," Tuscola coach Rick Reinhart said. "It was just two great defensive teams that were going at it. It came down to they made a couple big plays."
Gunnar Edwards intercepted two passes for the Warriors, returning one for a 32-yard TD.
Meyer connected with Pat Yoakum on a 32-yard scoring pass to pull Tuscola within 14-13 but the PAT kick was blocked.
Yoakum had eight catches for 69 yards.
Watseka 41, Hoopeston Area 7
HOOPESTON – Marcel Maiden rushed for 187 yards and four touchdowns for the Warriors, who led 21 at the break.
Tate Compton was 16 of 37 for 179 yards for the Cornjerkers, who got five catches from Andrew Vaughn, Cody Eells and Zach Drollinger.
Heyworth 22, Tri-County 0
HEYWORTH – Heyworth rushed for 207 yards and scored two first-half touchdowns to take control.
Derek Scott led Tri-County with 112 yards rushing. Austin Locke led the defense with 11 tackles
G-RF 31, Arthur-Lovington 14
ARTHUR – Alex Pratt rushed for three touchdowns as Georgetown-Ridge Farm rallied with 25 unanswered second-half points.
Bobby Aikman rushed for 109 yards and a touchdown for the Knights. Justin Schuring added 51 yards rushing and Bruce Yantis had 43.
LeRoy 34, Dee-Mack 12
MACKINAW – Zach Morrison, Kyle Eastham and Eric Steffen scored on first-half runs and LeRoy cruised from there.