CHARLESTON – It's not how you start but how you finish. That's one of the many lessons learned by Rantoul on Saturday night.
The Eagles scored touchdowns on two of their first three possessions against Charleston, but they went scoreless from the second quarter until their final offensive possession in a tough 24-20 nonconference loss at Trojan Hill.
Despite a career-best 212 rushing yards from quarterback/tailback Tyvon Davis, the Eagles were unable to slow the Trojans' rushing game after intermission.
Charleston scored touchdowns on two of its first three second-half possessions to erase a 14-10 Eagles lead at the half. Rantoul fought back to within 24-20 following a 49-yard touchdown pass from Terry Deaville to Davis with 2:36 left, but Charleston was able to run out the clock.
Davis said the Trojans, who substituted linemen on both sides of the ball, wore down the Eagles.
"I'm not going to lie: I was tired," Davis said. I still wanted to be out there fighting, but we did get tired. I think they had more depth than us."
Davis was a one-man offensive show in the first half, opening the scoring with a 43-yard touchdown run and setting up the offense at the Charleston 10 on the Eagles' second possession, where Jackson Carver finished off the drive with a 10-yard run.
"That's a 5A team that was 20 points from being 8-1 last season," Rantoul coach Shane Carter said. "We played as hard as we could; we left it all out there tonight, and I couldn't be prouder of the way the kids played."
– ALLISON HANSEN finished third in the No. 1 singles flight, leading the host Chargers to sixth place in the 16-team Centennial Invitational. Teammate MARIA MEARS placed fourth in the No. 2 singles flight.
EMMA PECK and BETHANY SEXTON finished fifth at No. 1 doubles for 10th-place Danville. AMY SHAH of the Vikings also was fifth, at No. 2 singles.
– JOHN TABB scored with about seven minutes left on an assist from MATT SEMPLE as St. Thomas More edged St. Teresa 1-0 at Decatur. ROBERT SCHLORFF had two saves for the Sabers.
– LONNIE BARNES scored Centennial's lone goal in a 3-1 loss to host Edwardsville. ANDY DRACKLEY made 12 saves for the Chargers.
– Danville finished second in the Bradley-Bourbonnais tournament after losing 4-2 to the hosts in the title match. DENNIS FORREST scored for the Vikings in the first half on an assist from WESTON DePRATT. JOSE TAPIA added Danville's second goal on a penalty kick. Danville advanced to the final with a 1-0 victory against Peotone on CLAYTON COTTLE's score from 25 yards out. STEPHEN MIELKE made eight saves in his second shutout of the season.
– MATT MENACHER scored in the second half on an assist by ELI SMITH as Monticello beat visiting Judah Christian 1-0.
– Urbana University High went 2-0-1 to win its own tournament, clinching the title with a 2-0 victory against runner-up Blue Ridge. PATRICK WONG and CONRAD SCHLOER scored for Uni against the Knights. Blue Ridge advanced to the final with 3-0 victories against Oakwood and Fisher/GCMS. J.J. Malone had all of the Knights' goals against Oakwood and scored twice against Fisher/GCMS. Oakwood tied Uni 1-1, with LOGAN CRONK giving the Comets a 1-0 lead in the first half before Wong responded in the second half.
– Urbana lost one set in four matches en route to the Eureka Invitational title. The Tigers capped their run by defeating the host school 25-18, 26-24 behind ERICKA DIX's 12 assists and McKENZIE WHITE's four blocks. White also had 10 blocks in a 25-19, 20-25, 15-12 semifinal victory against Chillicothe IVC.
– Led by LINDSEY WILLIAMS' 10 kills and OLIVIA DOWNS' 11 digs, Fisher completed a 5-0 run to the CPCI Tip-Off Tournament title with a 25-14, 25-15 victory against Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley at Cissna Park. TAYLOR JEAN had five service aces and 10 assists. The host Timberwolves beat Momence 25-14, 27-25 in the third-place match behind DANA SILSKI's six blocks, four kills and two aces.
– Centennial's LIZZY DOMBROSKI fired a 78 for a 3-shot victory at the Railside Shootout in Gibson City. GCMS was third in the 10-team tournament behind runner-up EMILY SPANGLER's 81. CHARLOTTE GOSS tied for third with an 86 to lead Mahomet-Seymour to sixth place. Fourth-place St. Thomas More was led by SIERRA MYERSCOUGH, who shot a 90 to tie for eighth.
– Mahomet-Seymour rolled to a 12-stroke victory in the Champaign Central Invitational at the UI Blue Course on Friday behind runner-up SETH TROLIA's 69. Teammate ADAM GUTH tied for fifth with a 72, while GARRETT COX (74) and JASON TROYER (75) also figured in the Bulldogs' scoring. PETER BLACK of sixth-place Centennial finished third at 70.