M-S XC cruises to Corn Belt title

NORMAL — They called it a Podium Sweep.

Mahomet-Seymour entered seven runners in Saturday’s 44th annual Corn Belt Conference meet, and each one placed among the top 10 to earn all-conference recognition and help the school win its second consecutive league team title.

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Saturday's highlights: Centennial takes fourth at state

In boys’ golf

At Normal. Centennial shot a 629 to finish fourth at the IHSA Class 2A state championship. The Chargers were led by Mike Braverman and Christian Khachaturian who both shot 154 over two rounds, good enough for a tie for 14th individually. Isaac Overman shot a 157 for 25th individually.

Kroner's Top 10: Unity dethrones St. Joseph-Ogden

For the first time all season, there’s a new school atop the area leaders’ list. Unity moves up after its resounding win at home over previously unbeaten St. Joseph-Ogden. Fred Kroner’s rankings:

Football playoff picture: Who's qualified, and who's on the bubble?

Playoff picture

Mahomet-Seymour clinched its 13th consecutive playoff berth Friday night with its win at Bloomington Central Catholic. Here are other area teams that can look forward to the playoffs after Week 9 — and those eagerly awaiting their regular season finales.

Friday night wrap: B-H wins third straight title

Prairie Central........................ 35
Eureka....................................... 12

EUREKA — Touchdown runs from Luke Sieving, Zach Tjarks and Nick Kauffman helped Prairie Central build a 21-6 halftime lead. and the Hawks never looked back in the win.

Lexington................................. 40

Tuscola ramps up intensity in victory

TUSCOLA — Tuscola’s defense clamped down in the second half after Zach Bates returned an interception 60 yards for a touchdown as time expired in the first half, and the Warriors’ sixth win of the season — a 37-20 triumph over Warrensburg-Latham — assured them of another playoff berth.

PBL needs win in final contest

PAXTON — For the third consecutive year, Paxton-Buckley-Loda goes into Week 9 needing a win to qualify for its first playoff spot since 2006 after losing 14-3 to Momence on Friday.

The Panthers will try to get that elusive fifth win next Friday at home against St. Thomas More.

STM scores early, but Maroa runs away with win

CHAMPAIGN — St. Thomas More got on the scoreboard first against Maroa-Forsyth when DJ Lee connected with Clavin Davis on a 53-yard touchdown pass.

The Trojans’ defense tightened up, and Maroa’s offense kicked into overdrive with 46 unanswered points behind quarterback Jack Hockaday, who had 271 yards of total offense and three interceptions. The final score was 46-7 in favor of Maroa.