ARCOLA — Three fumbles lost, three punts and a field goal attempt the wind blew sideways.
Through the first seven possessions of Saturday’s Class 1A semifinal game between LeRoy and Arcola, it looked like Mother Nature was going to be the dominant force.
MINNEAPOLIS — Now what?
Four years ago, a loss at Minnesota was the last straw for the Ron Zook regime. Though, quite frankly, that decision had been made before the Illini looked lost in a 27-7 decision against the Gophers.
This time, with their coach’s Illinois career blowing in the wind, the Illini played better. Not great. But better.
TOLONO — Maybe the Unity football team would have folded if it played a carbon copy of Saturday’s Class 3A state semifinal against St. Joseph-Ogden earlier in the season.
Maybe it would have seen the halftime score of 8-0, the blistering winds and the horizontal snow, which fell on the field to create a slippery, muddy mess, and let go of hope.
Player of the Game: Minnesota’s Shannon Brooks
Freshman from Georgia averaged a first down every carry and finished with 174 yards and three touchdowns. His 75-yard dash late in the game clinched it for the Gophers. The Big Ten is going to have its hands full if Minnesota is able to keep healthy blockers in front of him.
The United States first celebrated Thanksgiving as a holiday in 1789, when George Washington made the presidential proclamation. It was Nov. 26, a Tuesday, that Washington made a day of national thanksgiving for the U.S. Constitution.
CHAMPAIGN — Champaign Central’s football tradition didn’t start last week. Nor did it end this week.
On Saturday, the Maroons closed another chapter, suffering a 42-14 Class 5A semifinal loss to Lincoln-Way West in front of an estimated 1,200 spectators at Tommy Stewart Field.
CHAMPAIGN — Three Illinois women’s basketball players each scored at least 20 points, leading the Illini to a 94-74 victory against Tennessee-Martin on Saturday.
Sophomore Chatrice White scored a game-high 26 points, while freshmen CeCe Rice (21 points) and Alex Wittinger (20) also sparked the offense.
That's it for another LIVE! Report from Springfield. Chattanooga fended off Illinois' comeback attempt for an 81-77 victory, and the Illini drop to 1-3 on the season. Malcolm Hill had a game-high 25 points for Illinois and Mike Thorne Jr. chipped in 18 points and 11 rebounds, but it wasn't enough to contend with a Mocs team that had six players in double figures.