Friday night roundup (9/20): PBL on a roll
BISMARCK — Dylan Allen scored on a 12-yard run in the fourth quarter to break a 14-14 tie and lift the Blue Devils to victory.
Patrick Ganley and Donnie Powell combined for 217 yards rushing for B-H. Ganley gained 117 and Powell added 100, including a 32-yard TD.
Dalton Hilligoss scored both of Westville’s touchdowns, on a 25-yard pass from Kyle Brazas and a 6-yard run.
Braedon Lappin-Pratt had 12 tackles for the Blue Devils, and Jarod Noel contributed 10 along with a 6-yard fumble return for a touchdown.
COLFAX — Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley found the end zone through all three phases.
Falcons senior Lucas Hixon bolted for a 49-yard touchdown on the game’s first offensive play.
“We thought we could kick their ends out and were able to do that on that play, and it was off to the races,” GCMS coach Mike Allen said.
Junior Tyler Hinshaw returned a second-quarter punt 43 yards, and shortly after that, freshman Levi Davis stripped the ball from Mustangs running back Christian Fannin and returned it 45 yards for another score.
“That’s a great momentum switch,” Falcons defensive coordinator Kyle Bielfeldt said of Davis’ fumble return. “That put the game on our side.”
GCMS recorded a second defensive touchdown after intermission when senior Aaron Thomason intercepted Ridgeview’s William Tinsley and took it 78 yards.
Hixon had 11 carries for 126 yards. Sophomore Tristan Smith led the defense with 11 tackles, while senior Drake Royal added an interception.
PAXTON — The Paxton-Buckley-Loda Panthers ran their record to 4-0 for the first time since 2002.
They did so despite four turnovers and two first-quarter touchdowns by Cam Eades — one on the opening kickoff and another on a 55-yard pass from Cole Davenport — that resulted in a 12-6 deficit.
“It’s exciting being 4-0 and we’ll cherish it, but we have a lot of work to do to shore some things up — to shore up the turnovers,” PBL coach Jeff Graham said. “As you saw, the first half was a little frustrating.”
The PBL ground game produced 485 yards, including 252 on 21 carries from Drew Schrodt and 155 on 15 carries from Weston Weber.
Schrodt scored on touchdown runs of 54 and 32 yards in the first and second quarter, respectively, and caught a 20-yard pass in the third quarter. Weber had two touchdown runs.
“The guys up front did a really nice job,” Graham said. “I’m excited to watch the film because the guys really came off the ball. The offensive line deserves a lot of credit, and the runners ran hard. That was the hardest I’ve ever seen Drew run.”
Trent Wooten had two sacks and led the team with 3.5 tackles along with Vaughn Gentzler and Clayton Carleton. Payton Dudley had an interception, and the defense had 12 tackles for loss.
“The defense picked us up again,” Graham said. “They play hard and have a lot of pride.”
For Watseka, Davenport completed 2 of 5 passes for 69 yards, while Eades caught two passes for 55 yards. T.J. Maitland led the Warriors with 70 yards on 21 carries.
“We were just outplayed in every phase of the game by a better team,” Watseka coach Steve Lucas said. “(Friday night), we just didn’t have it.”
LeROY — Lane Lindstrom’s 200 rushing yards led the Panthers past Iroquois West/Tri-Point at McKean Field.
Lindstrom ran for 200 yards on 26 carries and scored two touchdowns for the Panthers, who ended a two-game losing streak. Quarterback Joe Chastain completed 5 of 6 passes for 50 yards.
“This was a very physical football game,” LeRoy coach B.J. Zeleznik said. “We raised our level of physical play (Friday night) to match our opponent. I thought our kids raised up to the challenge.”
Lindstrom came through in the third quarter for the Panthers, ending an 11-minute, 84-yard drive with a 5-yard touchdown.
“As the weather cools down, Lane picks up,” Zeleznik said. “He’s a cool-weather guy and has got a lot of ability. He stepped up big the last couple of games.”
Iroquois West’s Bailey Conrad had 81 yards on 15 carries.
Hoopeston Area 0
FITHIAN — Oakwood/Armstrong-Potomac needed a win, and it got a big one.
The Comets’ defense forced 10 turnovers (five on downs, two on interceptions and three on fumbles) and had seven sacks.
“They were focused and prepared to take care of business,” O/A-P coach Jeremy Dirksmeyer said. “It was good seeing some big plays on both sides of the ball.”
O/A-P quarterback Parker Lee had a 37-yard touchdown to Andrew Curley to open the scoring. Curley and Alex Anderson each had pick-sixes off Hoopeston Area quarterback Brant Ramos.
Curley, Anderson, Zach Horatschki and Blake Vinson each added touchdown runs to make it 62-0 at halftime.
Freshman Hunter Phelps and Sam Denhart tallied the final points.
Jeremy Watson had 2.5 sacks, and teammate Skylar Slade added two. Jared Evans and Curley collected one, and Horatschki assisted Slade for half a sack.
Curley forced a fumble that Horatschki recovered.
Rylan Harrison played quarterback in the third quarter before leaving with a left ankle injury. Hunter replaced him as a signal-caller in the fourth.
CERRO GORDO — Steve Isbell rushed for 182 yards and scored five touchdowns for the Broncos, who led 42-7 after three quarters.
Isbell reached the end zone on two runs, one reception, one interception return of 85 yards, and one fumble return of 60 yards.
Teammate Dee Woods added 107 yards rushing and two TDs.
Justin Klein had 11 tackles for the Broncos, and Jay Woods and Sean Reed contributed 10 stops apiece.
OAKLAND — Michael Hudson rushed for 149 yards and Drake Kirchner had a hand in three touchdowns, leading the Titans’ rally to a home win. Tri-County scored 14 points in the fourth quarter to overcome a 14-13 deficit.
Kirchner ran for two TDs and threw for another. Luke Armstrong caught two of Kirchner’s four completions, gaining 70 yards and scoring once.
Luke Nash paced the Tri-County defense with 12 tackles. Kaleb Hood contributed nine tackles and two sacks in the win, and Hudson finished with six tackles and a forced fumble.
St. Teresa 14
DECATUR — The Bombers scored 26 points in the first half and rolled to a road win. Jesse Brown’s 14-yard touchdown run in the second quarter put A-O ahead for good 20-14.
Austin Wenskunas scored three times for the Bombers, on runs of 21, 76 and 63 yards, and racked up 277 yards on the ground.
Brown also threw a 13-yard TD pass to Quinton Crawley.
Central A&M 12
SULLIVAN — The Redskins built a 21-0 lead and fended off a rally by Central A&M to even their record at 2-2.
Nick Frerichs threw for one touchdown and passed for another for Sullivan/Okaw Valley. Frerichs rushed for 125 yards, including a 53-yard TD. He also connected with Joe Jeffers on a 21-yard scoring strike. Frerichs finished 3 of 6 through the air for 101 yards.
Walker Byers paced the Redskins’ defense with 14 tackles. Garrett Cuffle and Frerichs each contributed nine tackles.
MARTINSVILLE — John Henderson racked up five touchdowns, including one on a 60-yard run, to propel the Blue Devils to a road rout. Villa Grove led 48-8 before Martinsville scored the final two TDs.
Henderson also reached the end zone on runs of 33, 36, 35 and 26 yards.
Teammate Max Daly scored on runs of 1 and 60 yards.