Bulldogs rebound nicely
MAHOMET — Mahomet-Seymour broke open a close game, scoring 36 second-half points, in its 40-6 nonconference victory against Effingham.
The Bulldogs, ranked ninth in Class 4A, led 14-6 at halftime.
M-S coach Keith Pogue said he wasn’t surprised by the second-half outburst.
“We told our kids to stay aggressive and keep playing hard,” he said. “We’ve been a pretty good second-half team this year, and when Effingham gave us the opportunity, we were ready.”
In the first quarter, Bulldogs linebacker Thomas Bane blocked an Effingham punt and recovered the ball on the Hearts’ 11-yard line. On fourth and 8, a mishandled field goal attempt turned into a 9-yard TD pass from Joe Kenney to Bane.
Matthew Prather’s extra point made it 7-0, and the Bulldogs never trailed.
Effingham bounced back with a seven-play scoring drive, highlighted by a 13-yard TD pass from Dylan Wolff to Marcus Robinson.
The Bulldogs tacked on another score late in the second quarter after an 83-yard run by Tyler Francisco. Two plays later, Kenney connected with Andy Livingston for an 8-yard score.
M-S blew the game open early in the third quarter, marching 60 yards on 11 plays to make it 21-6 on a 3-yard run by Francisco.
On the next play from scrimmage, Effingham fumbled and the Bulldogs’ Jordan Geese recovered the ball at the Hearts’ 15-yard line. Kenney pitched a 3-yard TD pass to Cully Day to make it 27-6.
M-S recovered another Effingham fumble on the next possession and made it 33-6 when Kenney and Day hooked up for a 41-yard scoring strike.
Daniel Roberson closed the scoring with a 14-yard run early in the final period.
Kenney finished 10-of-18 passing for 153 yards and four TDs. Francisco, who wasn’t expected to play due to a hip injury, had 119 yards on 15 carries.
Pogue praised his senior class for its leadership.
“Our senior class has done a tremendous job of leading and taking responsibility,” Pogue said. “We still have a lot of football left, and I’m really glad our seniors have a chance to go out on top. They’ve done a lot for our football program the last four years.”
TEAM CONF. OVERALL
Normal U-High 7 0 8 0
Mahomet-Seymour 6 1 8 1
Bloomington CC 5 2 6 3
Pontiac 4 3 6 3
Prairie Central 3 4 3 6
Olympia 2 5 3 6
Eureka 1 6 2 7
Rantoul 0 7 0 9