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Sabers drop season opener

STANFORD — DJ Lee tossed two touchdown passes, but it wasn’t enough for the visiting Sabers, who lost 34-13.

Panthers shut down by No. 1 SJ-O

ST. JOSEPH — At least from a win-loss perspective, the No. 1-ranked team in Class 3A got off to a good start.

After the Spartans’ win over Paxton-Buckley-Loda, however, coach Dick Duval felt like less than a winner.

Tuscola shuts out Westville

TUSCOLA — The host Warriors held the visiting Tigers to 113 yards of offense and Nick Bates proved a capable threat both with his feet and arm for Tuscola, which rolled 34-0.

Unity blasts St. Teresa

TOLONO — Taylor White and Colton Reed both rushed for more than 100 yards as the Rockets cruised to a home win, 50-13.  White wound up with 179 rushing yards on 16 carries, including an 85-yard touchdown run. Reed contributed 139 rushing yards on 11 carries and two touchdowns, including a 97-yard score to give Unity a 12-0 lead by the end of the first quarter.

Mount Zion routs host Mahomet-Seymour

MAHOMET — The last time a Keith Pogue-led Mahomet-Seymour football team lost a season opener, a guy named Wes Lunt saw action for the opposition as Rochester knocked off the Bulldogs 38-22 to open the 2009 campaign.

Top-ranked SJ-O wins opener

ST. JOSEPH — At least from a win-loss perspective, the No. 1-ranked team in Class 3A got off to a good start.

After the Spartans’ 27-7 win over Paxton-Buckley-Loda, however, coach Dick Duval felt like less than a winner.

Wave of energy carries volleyball

CHAMPAIGN — The first two sets of Illinois’ season opener against Long Beach State had their ragged moments. It’s to be expected in that first-match-of-the-year, feel-each-other-out kind of way. But after those ragged moments, the 11th-ranked Illini showed their ability to finish. They rallied from a late four-point deficit to win the first set and finished strong in an up-and-down second.

Fred Kroner's Week 1 Helmet Stickers

Executive sports editor Fred Kroner is back at it again this season, handing out football helmet stickers to five players who had outstanding performances in Week 1.

Vikings offense sputters in opener

DANVILLE — The home-team Vikings were held scoreless until the second half Friday and dropped their season opener 38-16 to Kankakee at Whitesell Field.

Sophomore Justin Daubaris scored on a third-quarter run, and teammate Kemony

Lester returned a kickoff 85 yards for a score after the Kays went ahead 24-6.

Running backs spur Maroons' opening-game victory

CHAMPAIGN — The Central Maroons were impressive in their season opener with a 26-14 victory against Marion on Friday night at Tommy Stewart Field.

“You prepare so long, and winning in the opener is so important,” Central coach Nate Albaugh said.

“But we’re far from satisfied.”

Marion struck first with a 4-yard rushing touchdown late in the first quarter.