That's a wrap: Veldman, M-S rally

That's a wrap: Veldman, M-S rally

Around the area, Week 3:

Mahomet-Seymour 22, Mascoutah 21

MAHOMET — The host Bulldogs pulled out a late win when Dawson Finch connected with Jordan Veldman on a 19-yard touchdown pass with less than three minutes left in the fourth quarter, and then converted a two-point conversion, with Veldman hitting Josh Johnson on a halfback pass. Finch went 8 of 18 for 81 yards, with Johnson returning an interception 95 yards in the first quarter to give the Bulldogs an early 14-0 lead.

Danville 62, Peoria Manual 7

PEORIA — Jerry Reed, Ernest Plummer and Andrez Parker all had big first-half performances, carrying the visiting Vikings to a Big 12 win. Reed had nine carries for 63 yards before haltime, while Plummer added 95 passing yards and Parker had three receptions for 44 yards, helping unbeaten Danville lead 41-0 at halftime.

Bloomington 56, Champaign Central 35

BLOOMINGTON — Connor Milton totaled 330 all-purpose yards — 138 rushing yards on 14 carries, 63 receiving yards on two catches and 129 yards on four kick returns — but the winless Maroons couldn't pull out a Big 12 win. Luke McMahon went 5 of 6 for 197 yards and three touchdowns. He added 50 rushing yards on 12 carries. James Carter and Dylan Gunn each had seven tackles for Central.

Normal West 48, Centennial 7

CHAMPAIGN — The host Chargers trailed 34-7 at halftime en route to a Big 12 loss. Jared Thomas hit Tyson Burton on a touchdown pass late in the second quarter for the Chargers' only score.

Peoria 58, Urbana 8

URBANA — The host Tigers had no answer for the Lions, trailing 44-0 at the end of the first quarter and 58-0 at halftime in a Big 12 loss.

Unity 28, Prairie Central 20

FAIRBURY — The visiting Rockets staved off an upset bid from the Hawks to remain unbeaten. Steven Migut rushed for 135 yards on 23 carries and two touchdowns, while Keaton Eckstein finished with 111 rushing yards on 15 carries in a game where Unity only led 20-14 at halftime.

Billy Printz kept Prairie Central in the game, rushing for 122 yards on 23 carries and two TDs.

Rantoul 40, Olympia 20

STANFORD — Rantoul ended a 19-game losing streak that dated back to the 2015 season opener in emphatic fashion. Taveous Bell's 35-yard rushing touchdown broke a 14-14 tie with 10 minutes, 24 seconds to play in the fourth quarter, and Jerry Harper sprinted in for a 14-yard touchdown on a reverse to give the Eagles a 26-14 lead with 7:40 remaining. Donnell Robertson added a 16-yard rushing score with under four minutes remaining, and Bell sprinted 49 yards for a rushing touchdown with just over one minute left to wrap up the Eagles' first victory since they defeated Charleston 14-7 on Aug. 28, 2015. Bell finished with 135 yards rushing on 14 carries and three touchdowns, and teammate Angelo Brown rushed for 123 yards on 15 carries and a score. Robertson — who also picked up two tackles-for-loss and a sack — rushed for 76 yards on eight carries and a score, and Harper finished with 54 yards rushing on five carries and a touchdown.
— Zack Carpenter

Bloomington CC 59, St. Joseph-Ogden 39

ST. JOSEPH — Keanen Swanson passed for a school-record 423 yards and finished with five touchdown passes, but it was not enough for St. Joseph-Ogden at home in an Illini Prairie Conference loss, the Spartans' first of the season. Swanson, who was 13 of 22 for 321 yards and three touchdowns in the first half, started off the second half the same way he ended the first one, hitting Aden Meyer for 97 yards for a fourth touchdown. However, that was the final score of the evening for the Spartans, who led 33-30 at halftime — and 39-37 in the second half — before the Saints scored 22 unanswered points to close the game out. Joel Orcutt and Meyer (four catches, 195 yards) each caught two TD passes from Swanson, while Jason Bowman added another TD.
— Jim Cotter

Tuscola 46, Clinton 0

TUSCOLA — The Warriors, paced by a stout defense and a high-octane offense, started Central Illinois Conference play with a resounding shutout at home. Clinton only managed 120 yards of total offense, with Tuscola enjoying a 21-0 lead at the end of the first quarter that expanded to 36-0 by halftime. Luke Sluder completed 9 of 16 passes for 169 yards and two touchdowns and also rushed for two scores while picking up 54 rushing yards on eight carries to lead the Warriors' offense. Dalton Hoel hauled in three receptions for 90 yards, including a 49-yard touchdown catch in the first quarter. Noah Pierce ended up with 85 rushing yards on six carries. Andrew Erickson led Tuscola's ground game with 87 yards on six carries and added a 19-yard touchdown run. Bryson Carson led Clinton with 50 rushing yards on 19 carries.

Bismarck-Henning/R-A 28, Georgetown-RF 13

GEORGETOWN — Caleb Lahey had another big night, rushing for 259 yards on 23 carries and all four touchdowns to carry the visiting Blue Devils to a win in the Vermilion Valley Conference opener for both teams. Austin Hinchman threw for 154 yards for the Buffaloes.

Oakwood 60, HASAAP 20

OAKWOOD —Skylar Bolton and Colby Smiley led the way for the host Comets in their VVC opener. Bolton rushed 14 times for 225 yards and three touchdowns, while Smiley added 150 rushing yards on nine carries and three TDs. Vaughn Black had a 76-yard rushing TD for the Cornjerkers.

Westville 48, Salt Fork 14

SIDELL — The visiting Tiger led 20-0 at the end of the first quarter and never let the Storm — playing the final regular season game at Bob Yeazel Field — back in it during the VVC opener for both teams. Westville's Cameron Nicholas rushed for 63 yards on 11 carries.

Watseka/St. Anne 53, South Newton (Ind.) 12

WATSEKA — The host Warriors opened Sangamon Valley Conference play with a convincing win. Brendan Fletcher went 5 of 8 for 124 yards and two touchdowns, while Justin McTaggart rushed eight times for 113 yards and three touchdowns. Blake Castonguay paced Watseka/St. Anne's receiving corps with two receptions — both for touchdowns — for 118 yards.

Clifton Central 27, Paxton-Buckley-Loda 7

PAXTON — Clifton Central scored 20 consecutive points in the second half to pull away from the host Panthers in the Sangamon Valley Conference opener for both teams. PBL remains winless on the season.

"I give Clifton Central credit — they just kept plugging away," PBL coach Jeff Graham said. "Nobody wants to be 0-3. It's a bad feeling. We've got to get it together across the board."

Both teams were held scoreless until Clifton Central's Kollin Krumwiede sprinted away for a 60-yard touchdown down the right sideline on a pass from Andrew Boudreau with 2:04 left in the second quarter. On its ensuing drive, PBL drove 63 yards in six plays. Jonathan Muller scampered 12 yards down the right sideline for a game-tying touchdown with 36.9 seconds left in the first half. The Comets took a 13-7 on a 1-yard touchdown run by Krumwiede with 8:43 left in the third quarter after Jacob Ladd recovered a fumble by PBL's Keanan Crabb to put the ball in the red zone. After Jacob Smith recovered another fumble by Crabb, Krumwiede scampered 41 yards for another touchdown with 9:07 left in the fourth quarter. The Comets scored again on 1-yard run by Krumwiede with 2:52 remaining. 
— Andrew Rosten

Ridgeview/Lexington 59, F-C/Woodland 6

COLFAX — The host Mustangs scored early and often en route to a Heart of Illinois crossover win, with Jake Albertson returning the opening kickoff 74 yards for a touchdown. The Mustangs led 30-0 at the end of the first quarter and enjoyed a 51-0 lead at halftime. Josh Hardman rushed nine times for a game-high 86 yards to pace Ridgeview/Lexington, while Ryan Benton (61 yards on seven carries), Adam Murray (42 yards on five carries), Grant Van Vickle (40 yards on two carries) and DJ Hicks (40 yards on three carries) added to the balanced rushing attack.

Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley 45, El Paso-Gridley 18

EL PASO — Mitch McNutt and Jared Trantina combined for five rushing touchdowns to cruise past El Paso-Gridley in the Falcons' first road game of the season.

Trantina scored three times and added an interception on defense. His interception, within Titans territory, led to his second trip to the end zone when he scored on a third-down run that initially appeared stopped in the backfield.

"He had a heckuva game running the ball," GCMS coach Mike Allen said. "On defense, he had a great game, too. I was so impressed with Jared's blocking."

McNutt finished with 121 yards on 18 carries, and Trantina added 57 rushing yards on 12 carries. Nathan Garard completed 8 of 12 passes for 92 yards, including a 24-yard touchdown to Ryland Holt in the third quarter. Kicker Ben Freehill set a school record by converting a 50-yard field goal late in the first half.
— Ryan Ferguson

Fieldcrest 40, Fisher 28

FISHER — Jaden Jones-Watkins rushed for 89 yards on 16 carries to lead the Bunnies, but 27 unanswered points by Fieldcrest in the second and third quarters were the difference.

Tri-Valley 49, LeRoy 0

LeROY — The host Panthers fell behind 21-0 at the end of the first quarter and couldn't recover. Isaac Nava had 34 rushing yards for LeRoy.

Macomb 34, Blue Ridge/D-W 7

FARMER CITY — The host Blue Knights received a big game from Devin Burton, who rushed for 153 yards on 17 carries, but couldn't muster a second-half rally against Macomb.

Arcola 62, Palestine/Hutsonville 6

ARCOLA — Conner Strader rushed for 79 yards on nine carries and went 5 of 7 for 70 passing yards and two touchdowns to lead the host Purple Riders. Dale Still added 70 rushing yards on seven carries.

Argenta-Oreana 46, Martinsville 26

ARGENTA — The Bombers generated 424 yards of total offense and Skylar Peterson carried A-O with 135 rushing yards on four carries, with three of those rushes resulting in touchdowns.

ALAH 48, Oblong 15

ARTHUR — Quarterback Will Cohan, along with running backs Marcus Vanausdoll and Kobe Wells, helped carry the host Knights to an easy victory. Cohan went 7 of 10 for 79 yards and one touchdown, while Vanausdoll carried the ball nine times for 115 yards and two touchdowns. Wells chipped in 97 rushing yards on six carries.

Cerro Gordo/Bement 42, Villa Grove/Heritage 26

BEMENT — The host Broncos gave coach Nick Walker his first win, with Tim Winters throwing for 149 yards and two touchdowns. Winters added a 3-yard TD run, while Brady Greenwood returned an interception 37 yards for a touchdown. Codie Baker threw two TDs for VG/H.

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