Prep football roundup: LeRoy tops GCMS
LeRoy 18, GCMS 10
GIBSON CITY — LeRoy controlled the pace of the game in its season-opening win at Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley.
The Panthers used seven rushers to compile 324 ground yards and were led by fullback Corbin Litherland with 91 yards and a touchdown. Quarterback Bryce Dooley carried the ball most with 19 rushes for 75 yards and a score of his own.
“I think when we get in a rhythm,” LeRoy coach BJ Zeleznik said, “we’re tough to stop.”
What helped the Panthers rhythm was its offense using a no-huddle attack, forcing the Falcons to rebound quickly after each stop they made.
“Not only do you have the multifaceted run game, but you’ve got no-huddle to deal with,” Zeleznik said. “Teams are going to prepare for us now.”
GCMS went on the board first with a 24-yard field goal by Zach Johnson. A long connection from Tyler Hinshaw to Nick Meunier of 60-plus yards got the Falcons to the red zone, but they were unable to finish. Hinshaw left the game before halftime with a shoulder injury and only returned in a running back role.
Sophomore Keegan Allen replaced the senior captain and completed his first two passes. In the end, not being able to sustain drives cost the Falcons.
“We’re looking for people who want to block,” GCMS coach Mike Allen said. “We have to sustain blocks.”
— Ryan Ferguson
Fisher 22, Ridgeview/Blue Ridge 0
COLFAX — Aaron Carter, Conrad Thomas and Tyler Rogers did their part running the ball.
Fisher’s defense did its job, too, in limiting The Ridge’s offense. Jacob Franklin had 10 tackles for the Bunnies, while Justin Unzicker contributed eight tackles in helping Fisher pitch a shutout on the road. Carter led the way for Fisher with 144 rushing yards on 20 carries. Thomas wasn’t far behind with 91 rushing yards on 12 carries, and Rogers pitched in with 75 yards on eight carries. Rogers started the scoring with a 57-yard scamper in the first quarter. Quarterback Drayton Purvis built Fisher’s lead to two touchdowns with a 1-yard score before Thomas capped off the scoring with a 53-yard touchdown run. As much as the running game prospered, Fisher coach Matt Leng came away just as pleased with the Bunnies’ defensive effort.
“I thought our defense played really, really solid,” Leng said. “They really swarmed to the ball in brutal conditions.”
Georgetown-RF 35, Warrensburg-Latham 6
GEORGETOWN — The host Buffaloes relied on a pair of 100-yard rushers to earn the win in Nathan West’s debut as G-RF coach. Skyler Reed compiled 119 yards on 11 carries and Troy Rodriguez added 105 yards on 12 carries.
Tri-County 21, CG/Bement/D-W 20
OAKLAND — Tri-County coach Adam Clapp had one word to Coy Cox late in overtime.
Cox delivered the game-clinching extra point to give Tri-County the one-point win at home. Cox came through after Preston Skinner rushed for the game-tying touchdown on a 9-yard run. Skinner led Tri-County with 104 rushing yards on 17 carries, and added 49 receiving yards on three catches.
“I told Coy, ‘Hey, you’re going to put it through,’” Clapp said. “But he needed to just take off after that. I was more worried he’d get swarmed in the celebration. It was a sigh of relief when it went in.”
Flanagan-Cornell 13, Clinton 12
CLINTON — Tanner White hit Eli Logue on all three of his pass completions, good for 109 yards, but it wasn’t enough in a close home loss for the Maroons.
Sullivan/Okaw Valley 73, Hoopeston/Schlarman 0
HOOPESTON — The Redskins darted out to a 47-0 halftime lead and didn’t let up in the second half.
Nick Frerichs led the way, rushing for 131 yards on only seven carries, while completing 4 of 7 passes for 127 yards and one touchdown.
Blake Stewart chipped in 78 rushing yards on four carries for S/OV.
Argenta-Oreana 27, Oblong 9
OBLONG — Keegan McHood rushed for 216 yards on 27 carries to lift the visiting Bombers to the win.
Arcola 49, Martinsville 14
MARTINSVILLE — The Purple Riders never let up in a road win.
Clifton Central 15, Prairie Central 13
FAIRBURY — The host Hawks kept it close, but could not pull out a home win.