Wait's worth it for SJ-O
ST. JOSEPH — On Friday night, St. Joseph-Ogden couldn't stop Momence's DeAndre Wright. Saturday was a different story.
In a game that was suspended Friday after eight minutes until the next day because of inclement weather, the Spartans bottled up the star running back and the rest of the Momence offense en route to a 34-6 win.
"We talked all week about how we needed eight stops to win the game and we did it today," St. Joseph-Ogden coach Dick Duval said.
Wright accounted for all 70 of the Redskins' yards, including a 4-yard touchdown run on the team's only possession Friday night before lightning delays suspended the game. In all, he rushed for 101 yards on 24 carries, never going for more than 15 yards.
"Defense played a tremendous game, they swarmed and didn't give Wright a chance to get loose," Duval said.
The Spartans (3-0, 1-0 Sangamon Valley) got a standout performance from Chase Patton. The senior ran for 169 yards on 26 carries and had touchdown runs of 1, 5 and 5 yards.
Louis Acklin caught four passes for 85 yards, including TD grabs of 26 and 19 yards from Dalton Walsh (11 for 25, 201 yards).
Central A&M 47, Unity 41. Mitch Negangard (11 tackles) carried 18 times for 209 yards and scored two touchdowns, but it wasn't enough for the host Rockets, who were outscored 34-14 in the second half. Quarterback Justin Deters added 104 yards on 14 carries and threw touchdown passes of 23 yards to Micah Johnson and 14 yards to Tyler Lindsey.
Johnson had touchdown runs of 5 and 4 yards for the Rockets, who turned the ball over three times and didn't force any turnovers. Connor Grace had a team-high 15 tackles for Unity.
Arcola 41, East Central 6. Omar Rojas ran for 139 yards and three touchdowns for the visiting Purple Riders. Zack Moutria added 74 yards rushing and two scores for Arcola, which got 83 passing yards and a touchdown from quarterback Jose Tamez. Freshman Wyatt Fishel (53 receiving yards) caught a touchdown pass.
Villa Grove 54, Big Rock Crossroads Academy 7. Ryan Pearce picked up 143 yards rushing on 13 carries and scored a pair of touchdowns to lead the host Blue Devils (3-0, 1-0 LOVC), who built a 54-0 halftime lead.
Quarterback John Henderson ran four times for 99 yards and two scores and completed 3 of 4 passes for 85 yards. Henderson hit Terrion Price with a 23-yard touchdown pass and threw a 4-yard score to Noah Palmer. Shane Frick (team-high 11 tackles) scored on runs of 23 and 9 yards on his only two carries.
Argenta-Oreana 40, Sullivan/Okaw Valley 0. Cameron Hupp ran for 217 yards and three touchdowns on 27 carries for the Bombers.
"We have Unity at our house (next week), hopefully we will have a good turn out," A-O coach Chad Eisenmenger said. "Offensive line did a great job we rushed for 432 yards as a team. Cameron Hupp ran real hard. When he makes a mistake he makes up for it."
Bismarck-Henning 41, Milford/Cissna Park 6. Patrick Ganley rushed for 161 yards and Kevin Allen added 82 yards for the Blue Devils. B-H limited No. 10 (Class 1A) Milford to 122 yards in a game that was pushed back from Friday.
"The kids played hard," B-H coach Mark Dodd said. "I thought the defense played extremely well and we beat a very good football team. Dustyn Ingram played a great game and Ty Hufford had a kickoff return and had an interception. Those guys sparked us."
Salt Fork 37, Westville 7. Using three quarterbacks, the Storm completed 7 of 7 passes to roll on the road. Taylor Kirby led the way with five completions for 72 yards, including a 10-yard touchdown pass to Nick Hedges, who finished with three TD receptions. Colton Fauver and Jacob Hughes also had touchdown passes.
"It's always good to get this one in the right column," Salt Fork coach Brian Plotner said.