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.

Brown, Spartans blast St. Thomas More


Clinton edges A&M

CLINTON — Clinton knocked off Central A&M 13-9, the Maroons' first win against the Raiders in 10 years thanks to a superb defensive effort.

Clinton held the Raiders to 149 yards of offense and forced two turnovers.

Alec Cooley finished with 92 rushing yards on 14 carries, including a 61-yard touchdown run in the third quarter to give Clinton a 13-2 lead.