M-S dominant again
MAHOMET — Mahomet-Seymour rode a solid running game and a ferocious front four on defense to beat Prairie Central 31-6 in the Corn Belt Conference opener for both teams Friday night.
The Bulldogs grabbed a 7-0 lead midway through the first quarter when senior running back Tyler Francisco scooted in from 7 yards. The Bulldogs made it 14-0 late in the second quarter on a 28-yard TD pass from Joe Kenney to Brad Gleason. Matthew Prather’s 19-yard field goal gave M-S a 17-0 halftime lead.
The defense took it from there — for the second week in a row. The Bulldogs put constant pressure on Prairie Central quarterback Jordan Spangler and bottled up the Hawks’ running backs. M-S lineman Chandler Stranc and Andrew Franklin led the Bulldogs’ charge.
“Stranc and Franklin are excellent athletes,” M-S coach Keith Pogue said. “They get after it. They work and play hard, and I’m not at all surprised by their success.”
Fullback Daniel Roberson made it 24-0 late in the third quarter when he barreled in from the 3. Boyd Roberts put the finishing touches on the Hawks when he scored on third and goal from the 4.
Garrett Taylor scored for Prairie Central.
“We took what Prairie Central gave us,” Pogue said. “We probably could have thrown a little more, but with the success we had running the ball, there wasn’t a real need to put it in the air too much.”
Francisco had 15 carries for 121 yards. Kenney was 5 of 10 for 141 yards.
TEAM CONF. OVERALL
Mahomet-Seymour 1 0 2 0
Normal U-High 1 0 2 0
Pontiac 1 0 2 0
Eureka 1 0 1 1
Bloomington CC 0 1 0 2
Olympia 0 1 0 2
Prairie Central 0 1 0 2
Rantoul 0 1 0 2
NEXT FRIDAY’S GAMES
Bloomington CC at Prairie Central
Mahomet-Seymour at Eureka
Olympia at Normal U-High
Rantoul at Pontiac