CHAMPAIGN — This was the Illini Kevin Hambly had gotten used to seeing in practice.
Just more than 12 hours after wrapping up a three-set sweep against Louisville with the feeling things could have gone significantly better, Illinois put together a remarkably efficient attack to top Miami (Ohio) 25-11, 25-18, 25-22.
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Gus Phan has spoken.
Even as the UI athletic department received a black eye Friday to match the one planted on the administration last week, the nameless and faceless believe the Illini can be just as effective on the football field as before head coach Tim Beckman was fired.
Olympia 40, St. Thomas More 12
CHAMPAIGN — DJ Lee threw for 131 yards and a touchdown and rushed for 63 more yards and St. Thomas More’s other touchdown, but the Sabers couldn’t slow down Olympia.
South Newton (Ind.) 20
PAXTON — Paxton-Buckley-Loda started its season with a hard-fought win over South Newton, the newest member of the Sangamon Valley Conference.
"It’s a great win for our kids and our coaching staff,” PBL coach Jeff Graham said. “I’m really proud of the kids. Our depth really showed.”
Watseka 40, Salt Fork 20
WATSEKA — A balanced rushing attack helped the Warriors pull away at home.
Christian Garcia scampered for 91 yards on 17 carries, Cameron Eades added 76 yards on 13 carries and Hunter Lee chipped in 67 rushing yards on only two carries for the Warriors.
Unity 41, St. Teresa 28
TOLONO — Steven Migut and Chandler Cousins both topped 100 rushing yards as the Rockets fended off the Bulldogs at home.
Migut came through with 126 rushing yards on nine carries, including a 64-yard touchdown run, and Cousins complemented Migut’s efforts with 116 rushing yards on 20 carries and a 40-yard score.
MONTICELLO —Brandon Wildman connected on four second quarter touchdown passes, and Monticello rolled to an easy win against Nokomis.
Rantoul 14, Charleston 7
RANTOUL — After winning just one game in its last 27, Rantoul made it two in 28 with its win against Charleston at Bill Walsh Field.
“It’s been a long time coming,” Rantoul head coach Ira Jefferson said. “I was just so happy for the kids.”
Mount Zion 34
MOUNT ZION — The visiting Bulldogs hung close with Mount Zion after the first quarter, only trailing 7-6, before the host Braves pulled away, scoring 27 unanswered points in the second and third quarters to pull away.