Friday night roundup (10/4): GCMS turns to Hinshaw
HEYWORTH — Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley’s Tyler Hinshaw must love homecoming games.
A week after two touchdowns in the Falcons’ homecoming win, Hinshaw added two more to help the GCMS spoil Heyworth’s.
“He wanted the ball at halftime,” GCMS head coach Mike Allen said. “We tried to run some option in the first half ... but they took it away.”
The Falcons switched it up after halftime, moving Hinshaw to fullback and giving him the ball more on inside running plays. The mix of inside running and outside passes by Ross Royal paced the GCMS offense after the break and allowed them to eat up the clock.
Up 17-13 late in the third quarter, the Falcons took possession and proceeded to hold the ball for more than eight minutes, converting on four third downs on the drive. Hinshaw capped the drive with a 1-yard touchdown dive.
“We tried to keep them off balance — outside, inside — and it worked to our advantage,” Allen said.
After Heyworth’s Kyle Schultz fumbled the ensuing kickoff, the Falcons needed only two plays to reach the end zone when Hinshaw broke a 26-yard touchdown run, putting them up 29-13.
Royal was 8 of 11 for 76 yards and ran 17 times for 81 yards, including a 52-yard touchdown run in the first half. He also returned a fumble 87 yards for the game’s first score.
St. Teresa 31
TOLONO — Tim Lawless rushed for 104 yards and a pair of touchdowns as St. Teresa pulled away from Unity in an Okaw Valley Black Division game.
Shane Hawkins returned the opening kickoff 88 yards to give the Bulldogs a 7-0 lead, but the Rockets scored on their third play from scrimmage on a 28-yard run by Conner Grace. St. Teresa regained the lead on Lawless’ first TD run from 1 yard out. Unity tied it at 14-14 on Grace’s second score.
St. Teresa took the lead for good at the end of the first half on a 35-yard field goal by Adam Peters. Lawless scored his second touchdown late in the third quarter, and Chris Isom scored on a 12-yard pass from Christian Williams to put the game out of reach in the fourth quarter.
Taylor White scored Unity’s other touchdown, on a 3-yard run in the third quarter.
Unity outgained the Bulldogs 250-205 but turned the ball over twice on interceptions in the second half.
Grace led the Rockets with 118 yards rushing and a pair of touchdowns. Justin Deters rushed for 41 yards on 11 carries. Colton Reed led the Rockets with 81/2 tackles, and Dalton Grimm had 61/2.
Salt Fork 57
Hoopeston Area 0
HOOPESTON — The Storm raced to a 36-0 halftime lead and cruised from there, showing no signs of a hangover from last week’s loss to Bismarck-Henning.
“It was nice to get a bounce-back after a tough loss and get the train moving forward a little bit,” Salt Fork coach Brian Plotner said. “We were able to do some good things offensively, defensively and special teams. We’re just trying to get better and we accomplished a lot of that this week.”
Taylor Kirby rushed three times for 131 yards and three touchdowns for the Storm.
GEORGETOWN — Devon Laubscher rushed for four touchdowns, including a clinching 3-yard burst with 1:29 left as Milford hung on.
Dylan Bina rushed for 122 yards and two touchdowns for the Buffaloes, who got 128 yards passing and a touchdown from Ethan Sliva
FISHER — Down all game to Flanagan/Woodland. Fisher got within 26-17 on Aaron Carter’s 11-yard touchdown run and quarterback Brody Farrar’s conversion with 5:59 left in the game.
“We just need to get back to the basics and do what we were doing at the beginning of the season,” Farrar said. “They came out and punched us in the mouth before we got the ball.”
Hunter Lowry connected on a 27-yard field goal and Brad Pettenger scored for a 50-yard run for the Bunnies.
Carter rushed for 54 yards.
“We were a step slow all night; we just did not execute at crucial times,” Fisher coach Matt Leng said. “We will get better and be prepared for the next game. It is time to get back to the drawing board.”
BLOOMINGTON — The Eagles were held to 92 yards of offense and committed three turnovers in Corn Belt action.
Iroquois West 12
MOMENCE — Austin Zirkle returned an interception for a touchdown and led the Raiders with 15 tackles. Bailey Conrad had 60 yards rushing.
Prairie Central 54
FAIRBURY — Jordan Spangler rushed for 141 yards and five touchdowns to spark the Hawks, who had 435 yards of offense. Spangler also completed 5 of 6 passes for 115 yards. Ed Shafer had nine tackles, including two sacks. Sam Shuler added seven tackles.
MAROA — Jack Hockaday passed for 272 yards and five touchdowns in the win. Cameron Hupp led the Bombers with 87 yards rushing and a touchdown.
OAKWOOD — Donnie Powell had 142 yards rushing on six carries and Patrick Ganley added 128 yards and two long touchdown runs as Bismarck-Henning rolled. Mo Abbed added 84 yards rushing and Gage Foster rushed for 60 as the Blue Devils raced to a 42-7 lead after three quarters.
Chase Swinford led the defense with a 38-yard fumble return for a score.
Zach Horatschki had 133 yards rushing for the Comets.
Cerro Gordo 36
Villa Grove/Heritage 24
BEMENT — The area’s leading rusher, Steve Isbell, left in the second quarter with an injury.
“We didn’t bat an eye,” Cerro Gordo/DeLand-Weldon/Bement coach Andy Kerley said. “Usually when you lose a kid of that caliber, kids look around and say, ‘What do we do now?’ But we had other guys step up.”
Isbell would return and, boosted by a 21-0 halftime lead, the Broncos held on.
“When you’re up 21-0 at half against a really good team without your most talented player, you’re doing something OK,” Kerley said.
The Broncos remain the only unbeaten team in the Little Okaw Valley.
“This puts us in the driver’s seat,” Kerley said. “Our destiny is in our own hands.”
Isbell had 100 yards rushing on 15 carries. Dee Woods added 81 yards and two touchdowns and Cole Blickensderfer rushed for 87 yards. Dee Woods and Jay Woods each had 18 tackles.
OAKLAND — Tyler Schuring rushed for 138 yards rushing and two touchdowns and also completed six passes for 98 yards and another score as the Knights finished strong.
Preston Skinner led the Titans with 122 yards rushing and two touchdowns. Drake Kirchner passed for 101 yards, hooking up four times for 47 yards to Skinner. Johnny Craig had 15 tackles.
COLFAX — Austin Hasselbring gained 126 yards on 26 carries and scored three touchdowns for the Warriors, who got 69 yards on 16 carries and one touchdown from Cam Eades. Quarterback Cole Davenport was 8-of-13 passing for 87 yards and no turnovers in the victory.
Watseka’s Aaron Lamie returned an interception 80 yards for a touchdown. Eades and Davenport also had interceptions for the Warriors, who led 20-0 at halftime.
Central A&M 42
MOWEAQUA — Nick Bates passed for 178 yards and three touchdowns without an interception to lead the Warriors, which led 42-7 at halftime. Bates also rushed for 63 yards in the back-and-forth Okaw Valley affair.
“It was a crazy game,” Tuscola coach Rick Reinhart said. “We went from being really good to really bad, and I’m not sure how that happened. We were one score from having a running clock but they made it interesting.
“Bottom line is that we won.”
Tristan Williams (55 yards) and Josh Knight (90 yards) each had three receptions.
Clifton Central 49
PAXTON — Paxton-Buckley-Loda’s quest for win No. 5 continues.
Just like last year, PBL has three more chances to get the one more win it needs for its first playoff berth since 2006, starting with a home game next Friday against St. Thomas More.
“The one positive light there is from tonight is that we are still 4-2. That’s better than being 0-6,” PBL coach Jeff Graham said. “We just have to prepare for the next game.”
The Comets broke the game open with four touchdown passes from J.R. Caspary, including the go-ahead score on an 81-yard pass to Logan Podowicz with 7:37 left in the first quarter and a 19-yard touchdown strike as the halftime buzzer sounded.
Caspary threw for 191 yards on 9-of-12 passing, all in the first half, while Podowicz caught four of those passes for 191 yards.
For PBL, Schrodt led the offense with 116 yards on 16 carries. The Panthers scored on an 8-yard first-quarter touchdown run by Tyson Snyder and on a fumble recovery by Paul Bigham in the end zone in the fourth quarter.
“There’s not much to say — that was pretty embarrassing,” Graham said. “In this game, you have to block and make tackles, and tonight, we missed tackles and we missed blocks and fumbled too many times. Clifton Central’s a good team. They have some really good athletes, and we have high expectations out of them.”