MAHOMET — Keith Pogue knew he had a good defense. What has Mahomet-Seymour’s veteran coach especially excited is how his team’s offense has performed.
The Bulldogs topped 30 points for the fourth consecutive game to make it a happy homecoming at Frank Dutton Field, M-S flexing some serious Corn Belt Conference muscle in a 33-6 victory.
“It’s really nice to see how our offense has emerged,” Pogue said. “We have some nice weapons. And with this team, you can’t double-team one kid. We have so many kids who can do so many things.”
Rated eighth in Class 4A, the unbeaten Bulldogs raced to a 19-0 halftime lead, highlighted by Tyler Francisco’s 91-yard touchdown run. Francisco rushed for 236 yards and two touchdowns, including an 80-yard burst that made it 13-0.
Cully Day had two touchdown receptions and finished with seven catches for 117 yards.
Joe Kenney completed 10 for 16 passes for 174 yards and three touchdowns.
Previously unbeaten Pontiac had no chance. The Indians were outgained 444 to 125. James Sexton had 16 tackles, including three for loss.
“We’ve got good kids,” Pogue said. “That makes a difference.”
Pogue was anxious heading into the game.
“You think you’re good and you look at film and go through practice ...” he said. “We came out with a lot of fire in our gut, and that’s all you can ask.”
The result: a 4-0 start.
“The thing I’m excited about is that our defense is as good as I thought it would be, but our offense is better than I thought it would be,” Pogue said. “Now we have to make strides on special teams.”
TEAM CONF. OVERALL
Mahomet-Seymour 3 0 4 0
Normal U-High 3 0 4 0
Pontiac 2 1 3 1
Bloomington CC 2 1 2 2
Eureka 1 2 1 3
Olympia 1 2 1 3
Prairie Central 0 3 0 4
Rantoul 0 3 0 4
NEXT FRIDAY’S GAMES
Bloomington at Pontiac
Normal U-High at Eureka
Olympia at Prairie Central
Mahomet-Seymour at Rantoul