That's a wrap: Week 8
Normal U-High 16
MAHOMET — Mahomet-Seymour gave the fifth-ranked Class 5A team all it could handle.
The Bulldog had a potential tying touchdown called back due to penalty in their Corn Belt loss.
“U-High is obviously a very talented football team. Our kids played their hearts out,” M-S coach Keith Pogue said. “Our defense really stepped up. We just couldn’t put any points on the board.”
Down 7-0, M-S got a 39-yard touchdown pass from Andrew Roney to Tyler Francisco negated because of a motion penalty.
A high snap on the Bulldogs’ first possession led to the Pioneers’ first score.
“Little mistakes add up against good teams,” Pogue said. “There is no margin for error.”
— Terry Greene
Prairie Central 46
RANTOUL — Addison Bounds rushed for three first-half touchdowns and finished with 119 yards on eight carries, lifting the Hawks.
Larry Crayton led the Eagles with 86 yards rushing. Jacob Monroe had 10 tackles.
TUSCOLA — Nick Bates passed for 104 yards and four touchdowns and ran for 59 yards and another score as the Warriors kept their playoff hopes alive.
Austin Sexson caught two touchdown passes and finished with 60 yards receiving. Dustin Haake sparked the defense with three tackles for loss,
WARRENSBURG — Cameron Hupp rushed for 200 yards and four touchdowns as Argenta-Oreana bolted to a 55-0 lead at halftime. s
MONTICELLO – Ryan Donohue wasn’t going to let Monticello fall into its first losing streak of the season. The Sages running back and senior captain rushed for 186 yards and two touchdowns, handing the Rams their first Okaw Black loss and guaranteeing Monticello a spot in the playoffs.
Donohue said the team prepared for Friday’s game as a must-win for the Sages.
“If we would’ve lost this game, we could have had a chance to go 5-4,” he said. “Coach really preached this game was huge. They (Shelbybille) have potential. They’re shooting for the conference title. They’ve got nothing to lose.”
Monticello quarterback Parker Trice was efficient, completing five passes for 67 yards, including a 24-yard TD to Donohue.
“We were trying to conserve the clock,” Trice said. “We knew Shelbyville had a good quarterback and they were going to use their time right, so we wanted to make sure that we were going to use as much time as we can. It worked, we ran the ball down the field.”
Monticello built a 21-0 lead by the second quarter on a pair of touchdown runs from Trice (29 and 4 yards) and a 3-yard plunge by Donohue. The Sages scored again on Trice’s pass to Donohue 1:03 before halftime, but the offense stalled after the break.
“I feel like we came out pretty well, but then just what always happens, we didn’t come out third quarter and they got a little run going but we finished strong. Our defense played amazing today,” Donohue said.
The Sages held the Rams to 98 yards of total offense in the first half.
“(Shelbyville quarterback Tucker) Schwengel, on film, was just scary with his ability to throw and run,” Monticello coach Cully Welter said. “It was a huge challenge to really shut them down and give them basically one big play.”
— Andrew Helregel
St. Teresa 10
SULLIVAN — Nick Frerichs passed for 133 yards and two touchdowns and added 105 yards rushing as Sullivan/Okaw Valley overcame an early 10-0 deficit,
BISMARCK — Patrick Ganley rushed for a season-high 215 yards and three touchdowns as the Blue Devils clinched their first Vermilion Valley title. B-H is off in Week 9 due to a forfeit.
“We’re very excited about winning (the conference title) and we’re looking forward to the (playoff) pairings next Saturday,” B-H coach Mark Dodd said.
Ganley reached 1,000 yards for the season and nearly was joined by Kevin Allen, who fell 20 yards shy after rushing for 141 yards on 18 carries.
Caleb Bergman was 4 of 8 for 74 yards and two touchdowns, Mo Abbed had 10 tackles and Luke Horton and Dustyn Ingram each had an interception.
MILFORD — Jake Rogers rushed for 100 yards and a touchdown and Beau Anderson (115 yards) and Alex Rabe (75) each had four catches — including a touchdown — as Milford/Cissna Park used a quick start to romp.
Jacob Marquez was 8-of-8 passing for 190 yards for the Bearcats, who led 41-0 at the break.
Salt Fork 58
East Central 0
CATLIN — Nick Hedges, Cole Taylor and Colton Fauver returned interceptions for scores as the Storm dominated. Taylor Kirby rushed for 131 yards as Salt Fork broke out to a 44-0 halftime lead.
PAXTON — The Panthers’ quest for a playoff bid still is on hold.
“I know we need another win to get to the playoffs,” PBL coach Jeff Graham said. “But right now, I’m replaying tonight’s game over in my head. I’m right now focused on the things that happened tonight.”
Momence’s DeAndre Wright rushed for 365 yards and five touchdowns on 21 carries.
“We knew all week that we would need to tackle DeAndre well, and we didn’t,” Graham said. “There were times when we had him wrapped up, and he got away. He’s a good running back, so a lot of the credit goes to him. Momence got the job done tonight, and we didn’t.”
Weston Weber completed 8 of 16 passes for 176 yards and two first-half touchdowns for PBL. His touchdown throws of 30 and 19 yards to Trent Wooten and Zac Weisenbarn, respectively, turned a 14-0 deficit into a 14-14 tie in the second quarter.
“Weston threw the ball well when he had time to throw the ball,” Graham said.
PBL rushed for 102 yards, including 49 yards and two second-half touchdowns by Jesse Houtzel.
“We didn’t execute as well as we have in the past,” Graham said. “You have to give some credit to Momence. Lamar Watson was absolutely relentless.”
— Andrew Rosten
St. Thomas More 44
Iroquois West/T-P 12
GILMAN — Storm Joop threw for 328 yards and three touchdowns as the Sabers took control in the third quarter with 21 unanswered points. A.J. Young and Mike Plecki each had rushing touchdowns in the win.
“We came out strong in the second half,” STM coach Dan Hennessey said.
Cerro Gordo 46
CERRO GORDO — Steve Isbell rushed for 79 yards and two touchdowns before returning a punt 94 yards for another score as Cerro Gordo/DeLand-Weldon/Bement scored all their points in an impressive first half.
“We came out and played with more intensity and a sense of urgency,” winning coach Andy Kerley said. “It was good to see us come out and get after it.”
Cole Blickensderfer passed for two touchdowns and Jordan Somers had two receptions for 60 yards.
ARCOLA — Tyler Schuring completed 11 of 20 passes — connecting with six different receives — for 206 yards and three touchdowns for Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond. Schuring also ran for 57 yards. Curtis Plank had two catches for 81 yards in the win.
Omar Rojas had 212 yards rushing for the Purple Riders.
Villa Grove 52
OAKLAND — The Blue Devils struck early, scoring 40 points in the first half of their Little Okaw Valley win. Luke Clapp had 14 tackles in the loss.
Blue Ridge 0
FARMER CITY — Johnny Bruden had 10 tackles as the Knights lost their 21st consecutive game.
El Paso-Gridley 14
EL PASO — Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley was stopped on a fourth-down play from the 3-yard line with a minute left. Jesse Boma had 50 yards rushing but was brought down for a 2-yard loss on his team’s final offensive play.
Nick Retherford’s 47-yard run in the third quarter brought GCMS even at 7. Retherford had 103 yards rushing on 12 carries.
LeROY — The Panthers rushed for 344 yards to set up a conference title showdown against Tri-Valley.
“I’m pleased with the kids and the growth they’ve had,” LeRoy coach B.J. Zeleznik said. “It’s easy to get complacent but they have grown each week.”
Shane Bruning had 161 yards rushing and Cory Eastham added 80.
FISHER — Aaron Carter rushed for 122 yards and Grant Pointer had six tackles and recovered a fumble for the Bunnies.