High school football scoreboard, Aug. 29, 2014

The NFL has its redzone. We have our Fredzone.

As in retiring executive sports editor Fred Kroner, who begins his farewell tour in Villa Grove where the Blue Devils have their hands full against ALAH. We will update that game — and any other involving an area team — any time someone scores tonight, so check back early and often.

HS Football: Villa Grove vs Arthur-Lovington

Villa Grove vs Arthur-Lovington, week 1 of high school football. Friday, August 29, 2014 at Villa Grove High School. 

Friday's prep highlights: Chargers duo leads way

SAVOY— A pair of Centennial golfers had top-10 finishes to help the Chargers place third  at the 18-team Champaign Central Invite at the UI Orange Course.

Christian Khachaturian and Isaac Overman each carded a 76 to pace the Chargers, who finished with a 311.

Final Word: Wolford glad to be back

CHAMPAIGN — Eric Wolford last coached a game at Memorial Stadium six years ago. The former offensive line assistant to Ron Zook is thrilled to be back.

“I have a lot of fond memories of this place,” Wolford said.

Wolford brought his Youngstown State Penguins to Champaign-Urbana on Friday afternoon. By bus. With a stop in Richmond, Ind., to break up the long drive.

LIVE! Stuff Huff

That's it for me LIVE! from Huff Hall for Illinois' "Stuff Huff" season-opening win against Long Beach State. Be sure to check out Saturday's News-Gazette and online at for more from the game.

Q&A with Tim Beckman

Starting with Saturday’s game against Youngstown State, Tim Beckman faces a critical year in his Illinois coaching career. If he matches the third year of previous coaches Ron Zook, Ron Turner, Lou Tepper, John Mackovic and Mike White, Beckman will take the Illini bowling.

Breaking it down: UI-Youngstown State

Beat writer Matt Daniels goes in-depth on the projected starters for Illinois and Youngstown State



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Tate: Beckman's time is now

It’s now or never. No margin for error. Tim Beckman’s Illini are long past the “play ’em close” and “moral victory” stage.

SportsTalk 8-29-14

SportsTalk 8-29-14: Play now!

News-Gazette sports writer Matt Daniels joins Brian Moline as he broadcasts from the Hilton Garden Inn in Champaign. They chat with BTN announcer Danan Hughes, DIA Derek Neal, and Jalen Brunson.


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HS Football: M-S vs. Mt. Zion

Mahomet-Seymour hosts Mt. Zion in their 2014 season kick-off game at Mahomet-Seymour high school in Mahomet on Friday, 29, 2014.