Pogue resigns after 11 years leading M-S football

MAHOMET — In what appears to be a surprise decision, Mahomet-Seymour football coach Keith Pogue is stepping aside following 11 years in charge of the program.

Bulldogs athletic director Matt Hensley said Friday "I don't have an answer" to whether or not Pogue's decision came as a shock to him, adding Pogue made administrators and assistants aware Thursday night that he was resigning.

Four area teams take shot at reaching state semifinals

The field of local football teams still vying for a state championship is whittled down to four. Here's a glance at each state quarterfinal game today involving an area program, courtesy preps coordinator COLIN LIKAS:

Class 3A

(1) Monticello (11-0) at (13) Greenville (8-3), 2 p.m. today

Emergence of duo keys GCMS run

GIBSON CITY — Playing basketball at recess during their days at Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley Elementary School didn't exactly cement a friendship between Bryce Barnes and Jared Trantina.

"We used to hate each other," Trantina said with a grin.

Pogue resigns as Mahomet-Seymour football coach

MAHOMET — Keith Pogue is stepping down as the head coach of Mahomet-Seymour football, the school announced Friday morning.

Pogue has run the Bulldogs since 2008, prior to which he was an assistant with the staff for 12 years. A press release from the high school Friday did not address why Pogue decided to resign his position.

Milford/Cissna Park football set to play for title

Milford/Cissna Park football will compete for its first-ever state championship tonight, taking on Alden-Hebron in the 8-Man Football Association title game. The bout will kick off at 7 p.m. from Monmouth College and cap the inaugural 8-man playoffs, which featured four teams. Preps coordinator COLIN LIKAS offers a preview on the event:

Asmussen | A new calling for Miller

MONTICELLO — No Illinois player I have covered over the years had as much fun as Brit Miller. The high school quarterback turned Big Ten linebacker was always friendly. He made you laugh. A lot.

The kind of guy who would happily sit under a giant hair dyer at his mom's beauty salon for a photo. I was there and it still puts a smile on my face.

Signing Day 2018-19: Locals heading to college

Photos from local high school athletes during the 2018-19 school year signing with their various colleges to continue athletic careers. Submit your photo at

Monticello hitting on all cylinders in playoff run

MONTICELLO — The number of playmakers Monticello football coach Cully Welter has at his disposal isn't lacking.

Senior quarterback Braden Snyder leads the area with 2,424 passing yards to go along with 30 touchdowns and only seven interceptions.

Prep football stats: Nov. 8, 2018


Player, School Att Yds TD AVG

Lahey, BH/RA 247 1872 27 7.5

Smiley, Oakwd 169 1611 19 9.5

T. Wilson, Fisher 276 1494 26 5.4

Trantina, GCMS 153 1431 31 9.4

Hopkins, Arcola 203 1385 18 6.8

Colvin, SJ-O 188 1125 12 6.0

Grubb, Oakwd 154 1122 15 7.3

Ahlden, IWest 167 1089 9 6.5

Sluder, Douglas forge connection for Tuscola in passing game

TUSCOLA — Luke Sluder doesn't hurl the football to Dalton Hoel anymore.

One could forgive Tuscola's senior quarterback for feeling like he does.