Final four ready to hit the road

Class 3A

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

Quick hit: Who did Monticello's 1990 team, coached by Hud Venerable, beat in the quarterfinals? Greenville.

Class 2A

(1) Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley (11-0) at (5) Sterling Newman (10-1), 7 p.m., Saturday

Bombers cruise past Bunnies

ARGENTA — Argenta-Oreana football is in the state quarterfinals for the first time since 2003.

But even after a 44-23 home win over Fisher on Saturday in a Class 1A second-round playoff game, Bombers coach Steve Kirk kept the postgame celebration brief. He broke his team out on its home turf after less than a minute of having it huddled up.

Trantina sparks GCMS in victory at home

GIBSON CITY — Pure dominance this season by the Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley football team hasn’t allowed the Falcons to play an entire game.

Dynamic duo carries Sages in victory

MONTICELLO — Seniors Alek Bundy and Asher Bradd accounted for all seven of Monticello's touchdowns in a 49-14 home win against Anna-Jonesboro in a Class 3A second-round playoff matchup.

Bundy caught three TD passes from quarterback Braden Snyder and rushed for another as the Sages turned a 21-14 halftime lead into a 35-point win with 28 unanswered points in the second half.

Sluder relies on Wienke's advice in helping Warriors reach quarterfinals

TUSCOLA — Dirt, mud and very few blades of grass lined the middle of Tuscola's Memorial Field on Saturday afternoon.

It's the kind of playing surface that makes pounding the ball up the middle over and over again difficult.

High school football scoreboard: Nov. 3, 2018

The area playoff field was whittled down after last weekend's first round.

From 18 area high school football programs vying for a chance to reach the state championship games at Memorial Stadium, eight area programs entered Saturday with a shot to reach the state quarterfinals.

A-O, GCMS, Monticello lead area contenders into second weekend of playoffs

(2) Carlinville (10-0) at (10) Paxton-Buckley-Loda (7-3), 2 p.m.

How they got here: Carlinville defeated No. 15 East Alton-Wood River 47-8; PBL defeated No. 7 Vandalia 33-6.

Jones helps carry heavy workload for Panthers

PAXTON — T.J. Jones cast a glance towards Jerry Zimmeran Field at I-57 Stadium.

The leaves on the nearby trees were in full fall splendor on this Wednesday afternoon, with Paxton-Buckley-Loda students leaving school for the day, some dressed in Halloween costumes.

Week 11 prep football storylines: Running at full speed

1 Paxton-Buckley-Loda's defense had played relatively well this season.

The Panthers posted a shutout in Week 3 during a 35-0 win against Iroquois West. They only allowed one touchdown during a 26-8 win at Georgetown-Ridge Farm, an eventual playoff team, in Week 2. And PBL displayed a strong showing during a 49-7 win at Momence in Week 5.

Prep football statistical leaders: Nov. 1, 2018


Player,School Att Yds TD AVG

Lahey, BHRA 209 1660 26 7.9

Smiley, Oakwd 169 1611 19 9.5

T. Wilson, Fisher 258 1472 26 5.7

Hopkins, Arcola 194 1339 18 6.9

Trantina, GCMS 120 1269 28 10.6

Colvin, SJ-O 188 1125 12 6.0

Grubb, Oakwd 154 1122 15 7.3

Ahlden, IWest 167 1089 9 6.5