That's a wrap: Monticello dominant again

That's a wrap: Monticello dominant again

A glance at the results of Friday's area Week 5 games:

Monticello 49, Bloomington CC 28

MONTICELLO — A 74-yard catch-and-run touchdown by Alek Bundy near the end of the first half and a 91-yard kick return score by the junior to start the second half turned a close game into a lopsided contest for the hosts.

After being tied 14-14 in the second quarter, the Sages scored four straight touchdowns to open a 28-point lead against Bloomington Central Catholic and hung on for an Illini Prairie Conference win.

Running back Lucas Lieb had a season-high 18 rushes for 84 yards and three touchdowns.

"I'm excited. That was a good win," Lieb said. "They're a good program, and I was happy to have a good game. I had been a little quiet but I was happy to step up and have a good game."

Braden Snyder threw for 200 yards and a touchdown, but also two interceptions as the Sages focused on the ground game against the Saints.

"We knew they'd put five men in the box so we thought it was a little bit of disrespect," Lieb said. "We thought we could run the ball pretty well if that happened."

— Andrew Helregel

Unity 41, Olympia 8

STANFORD — The visiting Rockets darted out to a 19-0 lead at the end of the first quarter and led 41-0 at halftime en route to an Illini Prairie win. Steven Migut completed 9 of 15 passes for 139 yards and two touchdowns, Keaton Eckstein rushed for 130 yards on 10 carries and two touchdowns and Cale Shonkwiler caught four passes for 61 yards and a score. Dawson Kaiser (two catches for 60 yards, one TD) and Carson Fisher (17 carries for 86 yards) also contributed for the Rockets, who are now eligible for the playoffs. Ethan Miebach led Unity's defense with six tackles, including three for loss.

Pontiac 34, St. Joseph-Ogden 28

ST. JOSEPH — Dwight Colvin rushed 19 times for 131 yards and caught four passes for 63 yards, but the host Spartans lost their third straight Illini Prairie game. Keanen Swanson completed 9 of 21 passes for 175 yards, including two touchdowns, but threw three interceptions.

"We gave ourselves a chance at the end, which is what you want, but ultimately, it came down to us not making enough plays," SJ-O coach Shawn Skinner said. "We made some costly turnovers at the end there."

— Jim Cotter

Rantoul 54, St. Thomas More 7

CHAMPAIGN — For the first time since 2010, Rantoul has secured a multi-win season, and the Eagles did it on the legs of Taveous Bell.

The senior running back rumbled for five rushing touchdowns and 220 yards on 12 carries, with four scores and 183 yards on 11 carries coming in the first half.

The Sabers struck first in the first quarter after Bell lost a fumble, and quarterback Bryson Lee's 48-yard connection to Chad Kelton set up the signal caller's 3-yard touchdown run.

Bell quickly made up for the turnover on the next drive, breaking a pair of tackles and tight-roping the left sideline for a 58-yard touchdown. The 6-foot, 190-pound back then rushed for scores of 2, 6 and 82 yards.

Interceptions by Rantoul defensive backs Jacob Mennenga and Jacob Lewis helped set up two of Bell's scores. The Eagles capped the scoring with Bell, Eric Cole, Donnell Robertson (seven carries, 123 yards) and Cole Wines rushing for 37-, 20-, 35- and 5-yard scores, respectively, in the second half. Lee finished 11 of 22 for 158 yards.

— Zack Carpenter

Rensselaer (Ind.) 42, Champaign Central 14

CHAMPAIGN — Jalen Booker rushed for 69 yards on 16 carries and one touchdown for the host Maroons, but Rensselaer (Ind.) Central led 28-0 at halftime in nonconference play.

Luke McMahon went 11 of 17 for 107 yards, hitting Ben Schultz three times for 76 yards. Booker added seven tackles on defense, while James Carter recovered a fumble for Central.

Normal West 76, Danville 35

NORMAL — The visiting Vikings fell behind 28-7 early in the second quarter and despite cutting their deficit to 42-28 at halftime suffered their first defeat of the season. Ernest Plummer accounted for three of Danville's touchdowns and Jerry Reed rushed for the other two scores.

Peoria Notre Dame 55, Urbana 26

PEORIA — The visiting Tigers trailed 43-14 at halftime and couldn't bounce back in the second half of a Big 12 loss.

Bismarck-Henning/R-A 53, HASAAP 8

BISMARCK — The host Blue Devils burst out to a 43-0 lead at the end of the first quarter and had little difficulty the rest of the way in a Vermilion Valley Conference runaway. Caleb Lahey rushed for 193 yards on eight carries and three touchdowns for BHRA, which won its fourth straight game.

Oakwood 48, Milford/Cissna Park 14

MILFORD — The Comets overcame a slow start to steadily pull away for a road VVC win. Skylar Bolton rushed for 241 yards on 22 carries and two touchdowns to pace Oakwood.

Paxton-Buckley-Loda 44, Momence 20

MOMENCE — After losing its first three games, Paxton-Buckley-Loda is on a two-game winning streak. In the process, the Panthers snapped their opponent's two-game winning streak.

"It's a huge win," PBL coach Jeff Graham said. "This was our biggest game of the year — every game's the biggest one from here on out when you start 0-3. I'm proud of the kids. They took care of business and gave 100 percent effort."

PBL's Jaxson Coplea recovered a fumble on Momence's 10-yard line on the first play from scrimmage. Quarterback Will Pound scampered for a touchdown run on the next play.

T.J. Jones took a sweep to the left side for a 19-yard touchdown run to extend the Panthers' lead to 23-6 with 1:45 remaining in the first half. In the second half, Jones scored on a 1-yard run and Pound had fourth-quarter touchdown runs of 14 and 50 yards.Andrew Rosten

Watseka/St. Anne 48, Dwight 14

WATSEKA — The host Warriors cruised to a Sangamon Valley Conference win and became playoff eligible in the process. Brendan Fletcher completed 7 of 12 passes for 143 yards and two touchdowns and added 67 rushing yards on 12 carries for the unbeaten Warriors. Justin McTaggart led Watseka/St. Anne's rushing attack with 77 yards on 13 carries. Blake Castonguay (54 yards on two catches) and Jaden Downs (36 yards on two catches) were Fletcher's favorite targets.

GCMS 41, Eureka 7

GIBSON CITY — Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley has scored on its first drive in every game this season.

The trend continued against Eureka when Mitch McNutt crossed the goal line on the Falcons' opening possession on Friday night. McNutt carried the ball 12 times for 132 yards and two touchdowns. GCMS quarterback Nathan Garard accounted for two scores, running one into the end zone and passing for the other — a 52-yard completion to Ryland Holt. Jared Trantina and running back Layne Harden each scored as well.

"Coach always talks about taking advantage of opportunities," Harden said. "I got all the right blocks on that play. I've got to give a shout-out to the offensive line. They were coming out hard and getting those blocks for me to get outside."Ryan Ferguson

Fisher 24, Deer Creek-Mackinaw 23

MACKINAW — The visiting Bunnies pulled a stunner, knocking off the previously unbeaten Chiefs, who were ranked second in Class 2A in the latest Associated Press poll. Jaden Jones-Watkins paced the Bunnies with 272 rushing yards on 21 carries, while Dakota Matthews had 11 tackles.

"It's taken the guys almost two years to believe that they can be as good as they can be," Fisher coach Jake Palmer said. "This is really a signature win for our program."

Ridgeview/Lexington 38, Tremont 36

TREMONT — Ridgeview/Lexington quarterback Will White rushed for the eventual game-winning touchdown from 1 yard out, and Josh Hardman ran in the two-point conversion to put the Mustangs up 38-30. After Tremont scored to cut Ridgeview/Lexington's deficit to 38-36, the Mustangs' defense stopped Tremont's two-point conversion attempt. Ryan Benton led the Mustangs with 123 rushing yards on 22 carries.

Westville 41, Iroquois West 0

WESTVILLE — The host Tigers compiled 12 tackles for loss in staying unbeaten. Duncan Hathaway went 4 of 5 for 157 yards, while Tylan Stricklett returned a punt 92 yards for a score, helping the Tigers build a 41-0 halftime lead.

Tri-County 28, Oblong 0

OBLONG — The Titans' defense posted a shutout in a Little Okaw Valley Southeast road win.

Arcola 35, Cerro Gordo/Bement 28

ARCOLA — Austin Hopkins rushed 41 times for 203 yards and four touchdowns, sparking the host Purple Riders to a Little Okaw Valley Northwest win. John Conner led CG/B with 111 rushing yards on nine carries and one touchdown.

Argenta-Oreana 52, ALAH 13

ARTHUR — The visiting Bombers only yielded 83 yards in cruising to an LOVC Northwest win. Josh Williams was 7 of 10 passing for 139 yards and a touchdown for A-O.

St. Teresa 47, Clinton 0

DECATUR — The visiting Maroons fell behind 28-0 at the end of the first quarter in CIC action and couldn't recover against the undefeated Bulldogs.

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