Purple Riders shut out A-O

ARCOLA — Arcola dominated the first half en route to an easy 48-0 home win against Argenta-Oreana that kept its record unblemished.

Arcola led 42-0 at halftime thanks to strong performances from Wyatt Fishel and Clayton Strader.

Fishel propeled Arcola with 176 rushing yards and two touchdowns on eight carries.

Prairie Central cracks win column

Host Prairie Central led 14-0 early and held on for its first win of the season, a 21-7 triumph on Friday night against Chillicothe Illinois Valley Central.

PBL handles Watseka

WATSEKA — Utilizing a no-huddle offense, Paxton-Buckley-Loda scored as many offensive touchdowns ­— two — in the second quarter as it previously had all season en route to its 31-12 Sangamon Valley Conference win against Watseka on Friday night.

Villa Grove/Heritage pitches shutout

VILLA GROVE — A stout run game and a stingy defense kept the Blue Devils unbeaten after a 35-0 home win against Palestine.

Max Daly rushed for 129 yards on 19 carries and one touchdown, while Nathan Bradley offered a nice change of pace, racking up 82 yards on six carries. Bradley added three touchdown runs of 20, 20 and 16 to keep the Blue Devils in front.

A-L/A-H edges Sangamon Valley

ARTHUR — Tyler Schuring was too much for Sangamon Valley to contain as Arthur-Lovington/Atwood-Hammond won its homecoming game 36-25.

The Knights’ quarterback threw for 133 yards and rushed for 117 yards to spark A-L/A-H to its third straight victory.

Big 12 roundup: Beckman stars for Urbana, Danville falls

BLOOMINGTON — Area passing leader Alex Beckman continued his aerial assault Friday, leading Urbana to its first football win, a 38-20 triumph against Bloomington.

Iroquois West falls in defensive struggle to Tremont

GILMAN — In a defensive struggle, Iroquois West held Tremont in check until the Turks scored the game’s lone touchdown early in the fourth quarter and managed to come away with a 7-0 victory.

The Raiders compiled 104 yards of total offense in the nonconference setback, with 90 of those yards coming on the ground.

Tuscola gets by Shelbyville

TUSCOLA — Nick Bates passed for 126 yards and three touchdowns and added 65 rushing yards on 11 carries to guide the host Warriors to a 52-26 win against previously unbeaten Shelbyville.

Zach Bates chipped in with a 48-yard interception return for a touchdown, and Caleb Williams produced 99 rushing yards on 22 carries.

Monticello surprises Unity in instant classic

MONTICELLO — After playing a 7-0 game in 2013, Friday’s game between Monticello and Unity was not short on offensive stars.

The Sages staved off their second loss in a row by overcoming a 17-point halftime deficit to defeat the Rockets 58-55 at home and send the Monticello students rushing onto the field.

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