Friday night roundup (9/13): GCMS kickin' it

 

GIBSON CITY — Two field goals by sophomore kicker Zach Johnson proved to be the difference Friday night as Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley defeated LeRoy 20-14.

Johnson’s first field goal was the only score of the first half, while his second put the Falcons up by two scores late in the game.

“That’s a special weapon,” GCMS head coach Mike Allen said. “We’ve never kicked two field goals in one game. For a sophomore to have that composure, that’s pretty good.”

The first half of play was sloppy, as both teams had a hard time keeping possession of the ball. LeRoy lost three fumbles before halftime, while GCMS lost one of its own and gave away another on a Ross Royal interception.

The second half was a different story on both sides. First, the Falcons took advantage of a short field, starting on LeRoy’s 18-yard line early in the third quarter and scored the game’s first touchdown on a 15-yard run by Lucas Hixon.

After forcing LeRoy to a quick three-and-out, GCMS followed up with a 12-play, 70-yard drive that ate up nearly seven minutes and was capped by a 1-yard touchdown run by Royal.

“It was as sloppy of a game as I’ve been a part of,” Allen said.

“Our kids responded,” he added, “and that’s what we want to see.”

In the fourth quarter, LeRoy came to life to make the home crowd nervous. Lane Lindstrom ripped off a 61-yard touchdown run. Later in the quarter, Joe Chastain intercepted Royal and returned it 12 yards for the score, bringing the game within one touchdown.

“By the end of the game, we were doing some pretty good things,” LeRoy head coach B.J. Zeleznik said. “It just took a while to get comfortable and get consistent success.”

It was too little, too late, however, as GCMS recovered the Panthers’ ensuing onside kick.

 

 

PBL 20

Iroquois West 0

GILMAN — Drew Schrodt & Co. stayed unbeaten with another impressive road performance.

“They have bent but they haven’t broke,” Paxton-Buckley-Loda coach Jeff Graham said. “There are some good things that we need to shore up, but the defense is playing some good ball.”

Schrodt finished with 127 yards rushing and had two receptions for 65 yards.

Cory Smith, Jordan Anderson and Hunter Johnson each had tackles for loss for the Panthers, who have allowed 18 points in three games. 

PBL struggled early, losing two fumbles and dropping two passes.

“You can’t come out like that and expect to do good things,” Graham said, “but we cherish every win.”

Schrodt’s 18-yard run put PBL ahead 7-0 in the second quarter. His 4-yard third-quarter run made it 20-0.

PBL scored in the final seconds of the first half on a drive made possible by Weston Weber’s 57-yard pass to Vaughn Gentzler with 12.5 seconds left.

“He threw it up there and Vaughn made a nice catch,” Graham said.

Trent Wooten scored from 3 yards out with 7.4 seconds left.

Andrew Rosten

 

Cerro Gordo 28

A-L/A-H 7

CERRO GORDO — In a matchup of Little Okaw Valley unbeatens, Cerro Gordo/DeLand-Weldon/Bement was the better team.

The ninth-ranked Broncos (Class 2A) got 217 yards rushing from area leader Steve Isbell, including two touchdowns, and raced to a 28-0 lead.

“Villa Grove is still going to have a heckuva lot to say in how the conference turns out,” Cerro Gordo coach Andy Kerley said. “But in the eyes of a lot of people, we’re in the driver’s seat.”

Ninth-ranked Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond (Class 1A) was held to a fourth-quarter TD run by Jordan Feagin.

 Cerro Gordo/D-W/B controlled possession of the football all game, using an eight-minute drive in the third quarter to take control.

“We played pretty well. We eliminated a lot of the silly things we did last week and we played more of a complete, mature game,” Kerley said.

Isbell ran 28 times and scored twice. Dee Woods added 100 yards rushing and a touchdown. Cole Blickensderfer completed 3 of 7 passes for 47 yards and scored on a 45-yard run.

 

Bismarck-Henning 17

Milford/CP 15

MILFORD — Dalton Duncan kicked a 30-yard field goal with 17 seconds left to extend Bismarck-Henning’s regular season winning streak to 16 games.

A sophomore soccer player, Duncan made his first career field goal count.

“It was elation,” B-H coach Mark Dodd said. “Everybody was really proud of him.”

Patrick Ganley led the Blue Devils with 216 yards rushing and two touchdowns. Jacob Marquez was 8-of-13 passing for 121 yards and a touchdown and also rushed for 81 yards to spark Milford, which rallied with 15 points in the fourth quarter.

 

Arcola 21

Oakwood/A-P 13

FITHIAN — Oakwood/Armstrong-Potomac got an early lead, but Arcola came roaring back. 

The Comets’ Zach Horatschki scored on a 7-yard run midway through the first on a drive made possible on a 36-yard pass from Parker Lee to Andrew Curley. Arcola quarterback Clayton Strader connected with Wyatt Fishel for a 58-yard touchdown early in the second to even the score. Strader and Fishel hooked up again on a 3-yard fourth-down play in the final minute of the half.

Strader finished 6 of 12 for 184 yards passing and three TDs. His 79-yard pass to Nick Hudson put Arcola ahead 21-13 with 4:44 left.

“We just need to finish, that’s the biggest thing,” O/A-P coach Jeremy Dirksmeyer said. “The first half, we had a great drive there and had two penalties that killed it.”

Skylar Slade and Tate Guthrie forced fumbles and Austin McCarthy recovered both in the loss.

Bob Bajek

 

Villa Grove 40

Crossroads 14

VILLA GROVE — Fullback Max Daly and halfback Austin Hubbart scored three touchdowns apiece and Villa Grove/Heritage held Crossroads Academy to less than 100 yards’ total offense  at Russ Ghere Field.

 Daly (87 yards rushing) scored on runs of 1 and 8 yards. Hubbart caught scoring passes of 3 and 29 yards from quarterback John Henderson, and returned an interception 43 yards for a touchdown as the Devils built a 34-0 lead by halftime. Henderson rushed for 89 yards and passed for 65 more as VG/H rolled up 376 yards in total offense against a team made up of home-schooled youth from the Chicago and northern Illinois area.

“It’s hard to win 40-14 and be disappointed,” said VG/H coach Chad Musselman, whose mood was not helped by a pair of lost fumbles and nine penalties totaling 94 yards. 

Leading the Blue Devils’ defensive effort were Skylur Orwick and Gavin Arnold, with six total tackles each, and Terrion Price with five total stops.

 Alan Patton

 

Tri-County 39

Martinsville 12

MARTINSVILLE — Preston Skinner returned an interception for a touchdown, rushed for two more scores and blocked a punt to lead the Titans. Drake Kirchner was 10-of-14 passing for 82 yards and rushed for 55 yards. Michael Hudson rushed for 69 yards and two scores.

 

Pontiac 28

Rantoul 6

PONTIAC — Charles Cargo caught a 30-yard touchdown pass from Tim Morgan for the Eagles’ only score.

 

Argenta-O. 41

Shelbyville 7

ARGENTA — Gage Eller threw for 197 yards and two touchdowns as the Bombers rolled up 567 yards of offense.

 

G-RF/Chrisman 54

Hoopeston Area 0

GEORGETOWN — Dylan Bina made the most of his eight carries, rushing for 143 yards and three touchdowns as Georgetown-Ridge Farm raced to a 44-0 halftime lead.

Ethan Sliva added 87 yards rushing, including a 67-yard touchdown run.

 

 

Standings

Big 12

TEAM   CONF. OVERALL

Normal West 3 0 3 0 

Bloomington 2 1 2 1

Champaign Central 2 1 2 1 

Normal Community 2 1 2 1

Decatur MacArthur 1 1 2 1

Danville 1 1 1 2

Centennial 1 2 1 2

Decatur Eisenhower 0 3 0 3 

Urbana 0 3 0 3

NEXT FRIDAY’S GAMES

Central at Bloomington

Normal Community at Centennial

Normal West at Danville

Urbana at Springfield Lanphier

NEXT SATURDAY’S GAME

Decatur MacArthur at Decatur Eisenhower

 

Corn Belt

TEAM   CONF. OVERALL

Mahomet-Seymour 2 0 3 0

Normal U-High 2 0 3 0

Pontiac 2 0 3 0

Bloomington CC 1 1 1 2

Eureka 1 1 1 2

Olympia 0 2 0 3

Prairie Central 0 2 0 3

Rantoul 0 2 0 3

NEXT FRIDAY’S GAMES

Eureka at Bloomington CC

Prairie Central at Normal U-High

Pontiac at Mahomet-Seymour

Rantoul at Olympia

 

Heart of Illinois

TEAM   CONF. OVERALL

Tri-Valley 3 0 3 0

Fisher 2 0 2 0

GCMS 2 1 2 1 

Heyworth 2 1 2 1

Tremont 2 1 2 1

Flanagan-Cornell 1 1 2 1 

Fieldcrest 1 1 1 1

El Paso-Gridley 1 1 1 2

LeRoy 1 2 1 2 

Lexington 1 2 1 2

Dee-Mack 0 3 0 3 

Ridgeview 0 3 0 3

TODAY’S GAMES

Fisher at Nokomis

South Beloit at Fieldcrest

NEXT FRIDAY’S GAMES

GCMS at Ridgeview

Tri-Valley at Tremont

El Paso-Gridley at Fieldcrest

Heyworth at Flanagan-Cornell

Iroquois West at LeRoy

Dee-Mack at Lexington

NEXT SATURDAY’S GAMES

Dakota at Fisher

 

Little Okaw Valley

TEAM   CONF. OVERALL

Cerro Gordo/D-W/B 1 0 3 0

Tri-County 1 0 1 2

Villa Grove/Heritage 0 0 2 1

Arcola 0 0 1 2

Arthur-Lovington 0 1 2 1

Martinsville 0 1 0 3

NEXT FRIDAY’S GAMES

Arcola at Tri-County

Georgetown-RF/C at Arthur-Lovington

Villa Grove at Martinsville

NEXT SATURDAY’S GAME

Arthur-Lovington at Crossroads Academy

 

Okaw Valley Black

TEAM   CONF. OVERALL

Monticello 0 0 3 0

Unity 0 0 3 0

St. Teresa 0 0 2 1

Clinton 0 0 1 2 

Sullivan/Okaw Valley 0 0 1 2 

Shelbyville 0 0 0 3

NEXT FRIDAY’S GAMES

Clinton at Meridian

Argenta-Oreana at St. Teresa

Tuscola at Monticello

Warrensburg-Latham at Shelbyville

Central A&M at Sullivan/Okaw Valley

Maroa-Forsyth at Unity

 

Okaw Valley Blue

TEAM   CONF. OVERALL

Maroa-Forsyth 0 0 3 0

Argenta-Oreana 0 0 2 1

Tuscola 0 0 2 1

Central A&M 0 0 1 2 

Meridian 0 0 0 3

Warrensburg-Latham 0 0 0 3

NEXT FRIDAY’S GAMES

Clinton at Meridian

Argenta-Oreana at St. Teresa

Tuscola at Monticello

Warrensburg-Latham at Shelbyville

Central A&M at Sullivan/Okaw Valley

Maroa-Forsyth at Unity

 

Sangamon Valley

TEAM   CONF. OVERALL

Paxton-Buckley-Loda 1 0 3 0 

St. Thomas More 1 0 3 0 

St. Joseph-Ogden 1 0 2 1

Clifton Central 0 0 3 0

Iroquois West 0 1 1 2

Momence 0 1 1 2

Watseka 0 1 0 3

NEXT FRIDAY’S GAMES

Momence at St. Thomas More

Clifton Central at St. Joseph-Ogden

Iroquois West at LeRoy

Watseka at PBL

 

Vermilion Valley

TEAM   CONF. OVERALL

Bismarck-Henning 1 0 3 0 

Georgetown-RF/C 1 0 3 0 

Salt Fork 1 0 3 0

Oakwood/A-P 0 0 0 3

Milford 0 1 2 1 

Hoopeston Area 0 1 0 2 

Westville 0 1 0 3

NEXT FRIDAY’S GAMES

Westville at Bismarck-Henning

Hoopeston Area at Oakwood/A-P

Georgetown-Ridge Farm/Chrisman at Cerro Gordo/D-W/B

Salt Fork at Milford

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