Balanced attack lifts Bulldogs

Balanced attack lifts Bulldogs

Mahomet-Seymour    47
Eureka    14

EUREKA — Mahomet-Seymour mixed a heavy dose of rushing and passing to blitz Eureka in a Corn Belt Conference matchup.

Quarterback Joe Kenney completed 7 of 10 passes for 233 yards and three touchdowns to spark the attack. Senior Cully Day caught three passes for 112 yards, two of them for TDs, and returned a 66-yard interception for a TD — all in the first half.

M-S jumped out front on its third play from scrimmage when Kenney hooked up with Day on a 50-yard TD strike. The Bulldogs made it 13-0 late in the first quarter when Tyler Francisco sprinted 30 yards untouched to the end zone.

Francisco added another TD and Day scored twice in the second quarter to expand the margin.

Dan Johnson put the Hornets on the board with a 48-yard TD run late in the second quarter to make it 33-7 at the half.

M-S put the game out of reach early in the third quarter when it went 54 yards in two plays, highlighted by Francisco’s 44-yard run and Kenney’s TD pass to Colten Anderson, to go ahead 40-7.

“They were in some schemes that we were able to take advantage of,” M-S coach Keith Pogue said. “They tried to cover Day one-on-one, and that just wasn’t going to happen.”

Pogue also praised Kenney, who made the most of his opportunities.

“Joe is getting more and more comfortable every game,” Pogue said. “He’s getting a real strong grasp of what we’re trying to do in certain situations. I’m proud of him and I’m proud of the way our team played tonight.”

Francisco finished with 153 yards rushing on 11 carries, scored three TDs and caught three passes for 125 yards.

Terry Greene