St. Thomas More senior Kevin Carroll is closing in on a seldom-achieved milestone.
He is within reach of being the second athlete to lead the area in receiving as a junior and senior. The other was Centennial’s Marquis Johnson (2000-01).
Heading into the Sabers’ playoff game today at Elmwood, Carroll has more than a 400-yard lead over the closest active pursuer, Urbana’s Tanner Russell.
— Bismarck-Henning’s senior class is tied with the Class of 1988 for the most varsity football wins during its time in high school.
They share the mark with 29 wins. The fourth-ranked Blue Devils host Georgetown-Ridge Farm/Chrisman today in a Class 2A playoff
— With one more win Cerro Gordo/DeLand-Weldon/Bement will tie its record for single-season victories. The 1993 and the 2002 teams, both coached by Paul Workman, won 10 games. Former coach Workman rejoined Andy Kerley’s staff this year.
— Mahomet-Seymour will get an up-close look at Wisconsin recruit Garret Dooley. The Rochester senior (6-foot-3, 225 pounds) has 795 rushing yards, 328 receiving yards and 66 tackles, including 10 quarterback sacks. The Bulldogs play today at Rochester in a first-round Class 4A playoff contest. The Rockets have won the last two 4A state crowns.
— The area’s most improved team, Arthur-Lovington (one win the previous two seasons), goes on the road to play Carlinville in a Class 2A game. Carlinville backs Brendan Stewart and Cory Farneti each have at least 1,240 rushing yards this season and have combined to score 41 touchdowns.
— Monticello’s first-round opponent, Nokomis, is a school with 230 students. However, a co-op raised the total enrollment to more than 600 and has bumped the program from 1A to 3A. The school has been with Raymond Lincolnwood for a while but added Ramsey last year. The Sages will play today at Nokomis. For coach Cully Welter, it is the 18th consecutive season of guiding a team into the postseason.
— Salt Fork started and finished the regular season with a four-game winning streak. The most recent win, however, was not an offensive beauty. The Storm managed 81 total yards against Oakwood/Armstrong-Potomac but prevailed 7-0 thanks to fumble recoveries by Clayton Fauver (who returned it for the game’s only touchdown), Garrett McFadden and Hunter Tharp as well as an interception by Nick Hedges. Teammates Tyler Johnson, Cole Taylor and Garron Fathauer all had at least 10 tackles against the Comets. Salt Fork hosts Oblong in a 1A game today at Catlin.
— Unity has won its first-round playoff game in 14 of the last 16 years. The 3A Rockets host Pana today. Junior Mitchell Snodgrass has three of the team’s six interceptions this year.
St. Thomas More’s Kevin Carroll is 53 yards from becoming the 11th area athlete in 15 years with at least 1,000 receiving yards in a season. The Sabers play at Elmwood-Brimfield today. Recent leaders:
NAME YEAR SCHOOL REC. YARDS TDs
Jason Mills 1998 Villa Grove 43 1,313 18
Dustin Stephens 2003 Prairie Central 82 1,300 12
Jason Thiele 2003 Iroquois West 65 1,274 10
Will Barsema 2003 Prairie Central 71 1,252 16
Cody Shelmadine 2010 Tuscola 65 1,201 18
Matt Palla 2009 Monticello 54 1,186 15
Asif Azhar 1998 Tuscola 66 1,087 11
Andrew Powell 1999 Oakwood 59 1,060 7
Rusty Johnson 1998 Watseka 60 1,047 10
Pat Yoakum 2010 Tuscola 47 1,015 10
x-Kevin Carroll 2012 St. Thomas More 36 947 12
x-through nine-game regular season