Urbana scores early, but Chargers rally for win
By SPENCER BROWN
CHAMPAIGN — Austin Maltbia made it a homecoming to remember for Centennial.
Maltbia gained 213 yards on 33 carries, leading the Chargers to a 22-8 Big 12 Conference victory against Urbana on Friday night.
The win snapped a three-game losing streak for Centennial.
“The line did a great job,” Chargers coach Mike McDonnell said. “They moved Malt down the field.”
After gaining 104 yards on the ground in the first half, the Chargers went almost exclusively with the run in the second half to secure the win.
Urbana scored a touchdown on its first drive, a 2-yard pass from Alex Beckman to Eddie Trask Jr.
The Tigers were shut out afterward as Beckman was relatively ineffective the rest of the way. He finished 13-of-35 passing for 195 yards and was sacked five times.
“When you lose, I don’t think anyone plays well,” Urbana coach Nathan Watson said. “I definitely think our offense struggled (Friday night) protecting the quarterback. We just have to get better in all aspects of the game.”
Protection was not an issue for Centennial quarterback Jimmy Fitzgerald, who, aside from a third-quarter end-zone interception, was efficient. He was 20-of-30 passing for 222 yards and added a rushing touchdown.
“When we can run the ball, we can throw the ball,” McDonnell said.
TEAM CONF. OVERALL
Normal Community 4 0 4 1
Normal West 4 1 4 1
Decatur MacArthur 3 1 4 1
Bloomington 3 1 3 1
Danville 2 2 2 3
Centennial 2 3 2 3
Champaign Central 1 4 1 4
Decatur Eisenhower 1 4 1 4
Urbana 0 4 1 4
NEXT FRIDAY’S GAMES
Centennial at Bloomington
Chicago Heights Marian at Champaign Central
Danville at Decatur MacArthur
Decatur Eisenhower at Normal Community
Urbana at Normal West