Friday night roundup (10/18): Big win for Bunnies

Fisher    43
Deer Creek-Mackinaw    22

MACKINAW — Conrad Thomas doesn’t go down easy. And has breakaway speed. Those two attributes served the sophomore running back well in a critical road win for the Bunnies.

“That’s a great combination to have,” Fisher coach Matt Leng said of Thomas, who rushed for 371 yards on 30 carries and five touchdowns. “We ran behind our offensive line that pretty much stepped it up in the second half. We had a lot of simple dive, trap and off-tackle plays that worked well.”

The Bunnies are back in the playoffs after missing out last fall. Fisher had to earn it after falling behind 22-14 at halftime before scoring the final 29 points to claim the win.

“It speaks volumes of our seniors,” Leng said. “The seniors made a decision last year in the offseason and in the summer that they wanted to be together, wanted to be one town and one team. I’m proud of their commitment. They don’t have any quit in them.”

MacArthur    34
Urbana    30

URBANA — The Tigers put on a show on Senior Night, rallying from a 27-0 deficit with a 30-point spree that put them ahead in the fourth quarter before the Generals scored on a 26-yard pass that Urbana coach Nathan Watson said “Dustin Lard was within inches of batting the ball away,” with 2:59 remaining.

“Our guys fought until the end,” Watson said. “Our seniors led us and took over the game. They just kept fighting.”

James Cobbs rushed for 167 yards on 18 carries and scored the first two Urbana touchdowns. Alex Beckman passed for 189 yards on 16 of 48 accuracy at McKinley Field. Cobbs led a balanced receiving corps with 49 yards. Jeff Trask Jr. had five catches for 38 yards.

Defensively, Connor Gremer had 11 tackles and a fumble recovery.

“We’ll try to end with a positive,” said Watson, whose team plays at Danville in the finale.

Normal West    60
Danville    20

NORMAL — Visiting Danville was eliminated from playoff consideration by a Normal West team which secured a running-clock win in the final quarter.

“We struggled to stop them,” Danville coach B.J. Luke said. “We have to regroup and get ready for the last one. I know they’ll rebound and play hard.”

Chris Collier scored the final Danville touchdown on a 48-yard pass from Trent Sherfield. Collier had 235 all-purpose yards in the first half, 116 of those on kickoff returns.

Villa Grove/Heritage    28
Tri-County/Shiloh     14

VILLA GROVE — Quarterback John Henderson rushed for one touchdown and passed for another as the Blue Devils became playoff eligible with a Little Okaw Valley Conference victory.

Terrion Price scored on a 34-yard pass from Henderson late in the first quarter, and Henderson ran the ball 45 yards on the first play of the fourth quarter for a 14-point lead. Austin Hubbart scored on a 17-yard run in the second quarter and returned the second-half kickoff 85 yards for another touchdown.

“We treated this week’s game as do-or-die,” said VG/H coach Chad Musselman. “And we’ll treat Tremont (next Friday’s opponent at Illinois State) as do-or-die.”

Henderson had 115 yards rushing on 12 carries. Fullback Max Daly rushed for 94 yards on 17 carries. Henderson also completed six passes for 73 yards.

Tri-County quarterback Drake Kirchner rushed for 96 yards and scored on runs of 13 and 10 yards. Preston Skinner had 70 yards on 14 carries.

Price led VG/H with nine total tackles and Skylur Orwick added eight.
Alan Patton

Salt Fork    26
Heyworth    20

CATLIN — The Storm is already in the playoffs. And a first-round home game still could come to fruition. Even if coach Brian Plotner and his team had to sweat it out after Heyworth recoverd an onside kick late and was driving for a possible go-ahead touchdown.

“The kids were pretty resilient most of the night,” Plotner said. “Heyworth has a really nice team. We had to fight and scrap all night. It’s a nice win.”

Colton Fauver rushed for 57 yards on 11 carries and completed 10 of 14 passes for 133 yards. Nick Hedges was his favorite target with four catches for 71 yards. Cole Taylor carried the ball 10 times for 37 yards, including touchdown runs of 3 and 1 yards. He added a 37-yard punt return for a touchdown.

“I thought we played pretty consistent most of the game,” Plotner said. “Every win now improves your seed. The possibility for a home game is still in effect. With our playoff points, we really need to be 8-1 for a chance.”

GCMS    35
El Paso-Gridley    12

GIBSON CITY — Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley senior Drake Royal scored three touchdowns, including a catch of twin brother Ross’ pass.

The Falcons benefitted from two early turnovers by the visitors. On EP-G’s first possession, senior Austin Hornstein stripped the ball from Connor Stoller, and senior Michael Cler pounced on it for GCMS.

“That’s a momentum-killer,” Falcons coach Mike Allen said.

Later in the first quarter, freshman Levi Davis forced another fumble, and Cler was there again. Cler recovered a third fumble later in the game.

A week after finishing with negative rushing yardage, the GCMS ground game turned to senior Lucas Hixson, who racked up 121 yards and helped the Falcons control the clock in the second half.

“Tonight we were able to get to the outside,” Allen said. “He was able to cut back against the grain and get some big positive yards.”

Ross Royal finished 11 of 16 passing for 99 yards and two touchdowns, and junior TJ Roesch and sophomore Zach Johnson each tallied seven tackles.
Ryan Ferguson

Milford/Cissna Park    55
Oakwood/A-P    28

OAKWOOD — Milford/Cissna Park scored on its first four possessions and never looked back.  MCP piled up 522 yards of offense. It led 27-0 after the first quarter after three touchdowns runs by Devon Laubscher and a touchdown reception by Josh Marquez.

“My hats off to Milford,” Oakwood/A-P coach Jeremy Dirksmeyer said. “We had some matchup problems against them. When you get that far behind, it is simply tough to come back and win the game. They were so explosive.”

Jacob Marquez completed 8 of 16 passes for 238 yards. Josh Marquez caught three for 113 yards. Laubscher rushed for 160 yards.

“We wanted to run the ball up the middle,” MCP coach Clint Schwartz said.

Parker Lee, OAP’s starting quarterback, had 97 rushing yards. Zach Horatschki had 61 rushing yards and Andrew Curley had 53 yards.
Daniel L. Chamness

Flanagan-C-W    60
LeRoy    29

FLANAGAN — Kody Appel scored seven touchdowns and rushed for 302 yards for the Falcons,.

“Appel is just an explosive kid,” LeRoy coach BJ Zeleznik said. “They are doing what they need to do to win football games, and that’s the difference right now.”

Clifton Central    35
Watseka    0

WATSEKA — Austin Hasselbring rushed for 109 yards and had 37 yards receiving for the Warriors, who faded in the second half. Hasselbring also had 12 tackles. Drew Hartman added nine tackles.

Cerro Gordo/D-W/B    57
Martsinville    0

MARTINSVILLE — The Broncos led 38-0 at halftime and never looked back. Thanks, in large part, to Steve Isbell and Chase McNamara. Isbell rushed for 160 yards on 17 carries and scored the game’s first four touchdowns on runs of 30, 3, 22 and 11. McNamara chipped in with 146 rushing yards on 17 carries and a 17-yard touchdown run. Cole Blickensderfer completed 3 of 6 passes for 59 yards and a touchdown to keep the Broncos undefeated season intact.

Argenta-Oreana    48
Warrensburg-Latham    14

ARGENTA — The Bombers clinched a playoff spot with a convincing win at home. Gage Eller completed 7 of 13 passes for 151 yards and three first- quarter touchdown passes. He added 83 rushing yards on six carries and returned an interception 72 yards for a touchdown.

Momence    35
PBL    3

MOMENCE — A 21-yard field goal by Jonah Wilson put the visiting Panthers up 3-0 in the second quarter. But that was the extent of scoring for Jeff Graham’s Panthers, as PBL suffered its fourth straight loss to remain on the playoff bubble.

Weston Weber rushed for 110 yards on 15 carries and Drew Schrodt rushed for 82 yards on 24 carries, but it wasn’t enough as PBL will try to become playoff-eligible in next week’s game against St. Joseph-Ogden.

“It’s all we have to think about,” Graham said. “It’s all we have left. It’ll be a sleepless weekend before our game with St. Joe-Ogden.”

St. Teresa    42
Sullivan/Okaw Valley    7

DECATUR — The visiting Redskins fell behind 14-0 before an 18-yard fumble return for a touchdown by Dakota Clayton cut the deficit to 14-7.

Bismarck-Henning    42
G-RF/Chrisman    19

GEORGETOWN — Mo Abbed carried the visiting Blue Devils to their eighth straight win. The junior rushed for 168 yards on 14 carries, including touchdown runs of 3, 13 and 28. He wasn’t the only B-H running back to produce.

Patrick Ganley added 138 yards on 19 carries, including two touchdow runs while Donnie Powell finished with 96 rushing yards. Dylan Bina had 98 rushing yards and Troy Rodriguez wound up with 61 rushing yards for the Buffaloes, who trailed 22-6 at halftime.

G-RF/C coach Josh Cavanaugh returned to the sidelines for the Buffaloes after serving a two-game suspension for undisclosed disciplinary reasons.

Westville    42
Hoopeston Area    13

HOOPESTON — LaDavion Severado led a balanced Westville rushing attack with 76 yards on seven carries and a touchdown to lead the visiting Tigers.

Prairie Central    34
Rantoul    28

FAIRBURY — Matt Hartke rushed for 146 yards on 15 carries for the host Hawks, which held off Rantoul and a 176-yard rushing effort by Tim Morgan.

Tuscola    43
Meridian    21

MACON — Nick Bates completed 11 of 20 passes for 203 yards and four touchdowns to spark the Warriors. The sophomore was a factor on the ground, rushing for 80 yards on 13 carries and a touchdown in the road win for Tuscola, which is now playoff-eligible.

Arthur-L./A-H    42
Arcola    14

ATWOOD — Tyler Schuring rushed for 173 yards on eight carries and three touchdowns, threw for 144 yards and a touchdown and returned an interception 81 yarsd for a touchdown to carry the Knights.

Logan West compiled 19 tackles for A-L/A-H.
 

STANDINGS

Big 12
TEAM       CONF.    OVERALL
Normal Community    7    0    7    1
Normal West    6    1    6    1
Bloomington    5    2    5    3
Decatur MacArthur    4    3    5    3
Centennial    3    4    4    4
Danville     3    4    3    5
Champaign Central    2    5    3    5
Urbana     1    6    2    6
Decatur Eisenhower    1    7    1    7
TODAY’S GAME
Normal West at Columbia, Mo.
NEXT FRIDAY’S GAMES
MacArthur at Bloomington
Centennial at Normal West
Normal Community at Champaign Central
Urbana at Danville
Eisenhower at Bloomington Central Cath.

Corn Belt
TEAM       CONF.    OVERALL
Normal U-High     7    0    8    0
Mahomet-Seymour    6    1    7    1
Bloomington CC    5    2    5    3
Pontiac     4    3    5    3
Prairie Central    3    4    3    5
Olympia    2    5    2    6
Eureka    1    6    1    7
Rantoul     0    7    0    8
NEXT FRIDAY’S GAMES
Eisenhower at Bloomington Central Cath.
Eureka at Peoria Manual
Illinois Valley Central at Prairie Central
Effingham at Mahomet-Seymour
Kankakee at Pontiac
St. Thomas More at Rantoul
Lincoln at Olympia
NEXT SATURDAY’S GAME
Normal U-High at Cahokia

Heart of Illinois
TEAM       CONF.    OVERALL
Tri-Valley     7    0    8    0
Fieldcrest    6    0    7    1
GCMS    5    2    6    2
Fisher     4    2    6    2
Heyworth     4    2    4    4
Flanagan-Cornell    4    3    5    3
LeRoy    2    4    4    4
El Paso-Gridley     2    4    3    5
Tremont    2    5    3    5
Dee-Mack    2    5    2    6
Lexington    1    5    2    6
Ridgeview     0    7    0    8
NEXT FRIDAY’S GAMES
Ridgeview at Fieldcrest
Tri-Valley at LeRoy
Dee-Mack at El Paso-Gridley
Fisher at GCMS
Crossroads Academy at Flanagan-Cornell
Lexington at Heyworth
Tremont vs. Villa Grove/Heritage at ISU

Little Okaw Valley
TEAM       CONF.    OVERALL
Cerro Gordo/D-W/B     4    0    8    0
Arthur-Lovington     4    1    7    1
Villa Grove/Heritage    3    2    5    3
Tri-County     2    3    3    5
Arcola     1    3    3    5
Martinsville     0    5    0    8
NEXT FRIDAY’S GAMES
Cerro Gordo/D-W/B at Arcola
Arthur-Lovington at Bismarck-Henning
Indianapolis Crimson Knights at Martinsville
Palestine at Tri-County
Tremont vs. Villa Grove/Heritage at ISU

Okaw Valley Black
TEAM       CONF.    OVERALL
St. Teresa     4    0    6    2
Monticello     3    1    7    1
Unity    3    1    6    2
Shelbyville     2    2    3    5
Sullivan/Okaw Valley    0    4    2    6
Clinton    0    4    1    7
NEXT FRIDAY’S GAMES
Clinton at Sullivan/Okaw Valley
St. Teresa at Monticello
Shelbyville at Unity

Okaw Valley Blue
TEAM       CONF.    OVERALL
Maroa-Forsyth     4    0    8    0
Argenta-Oreana     3    1    6    2
Tuscola     3    1    5    3
Warrensburg-Latham    2    2    2    6
Central A&M    0    4    1    7
Meridian    0    4    1    7
NEXT FRIDAY’S GAMES
Argenta-Oreana at Tuscola
Meridian at Central A&M
Maroa-Forsyth at Warrensburg-Latham

Sangamon Valley
TEAM       CONF.    OVERALL
Clifton Central    5    0    8    0
Momence    4    1    6    2
St. Joseph-Ogden     4    1    5    2
St. Thomas More    3    3    5    3
Paxton-Buckley-Loda    2    3    4    4
Iroquois West    0    5    1    7
Watseka    0    5    1    7
TODAY’S GAME
Monmouth-Roseville at St. Joseph-Ogden
NEXT FRIDAY’S GAMES
St. Thomas More at Rantoul
Momence at Clifton Central
Watseka at Iroquois West
St. Joseph-Ogden at Paxton-Buckley-Loda

Vermilion Valley
TEAM       CONF.    OVERALL
Bismarck-Henning    6    0    8    0
Salt Fork    4    1    7    1
Westville    3    2    4    4
Milford    2    3    4    4
Georgetown-RF/C    2    3    4    4
Oakwood/A-P    1    4    1    7
Hoopeston Area    0    5    0    6
NEXT FRIDAY’S GAMES
Arthur-Lovington/A-H at Bismarck-Henning
Oakwood/A-P at Salt Fork
Georgetown-RF/C at Westville
Hoopeston Area at Milford

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