TUSCOLA — Tuscola’s defense clamped down in the second half after Zach Bates returned an interception 60 yards for a touchdown as time expired in the first half, and the Warriors’ sixth win of the season — a 37-20 triumph over Warrensburg-Latham — assured them of another playoff berth.
WESTVILLE — Salt Fork kept its playoff hopes alive with the 19-point victory against Westville, 33-14. The Storm improved to 4-4 on the season and must win next week at Fithian against Oakwood/Armstrong-Potomac to at least qualify for the playoffs. Salt Fork has reached the playoffs in each of the past 13 seasons.
PAXTON — For the third consecutive year, Paxton-Buckley-Loda goes into Week 9 needing a win to qualify for its first playoff spot since 2006 after losing 14-3 to Momence on Friday.
The Panthers will try to get that elusive fifth win next Friday at home against St. Thomas More.
CHAMPAIGN — St. Thomas More got on the scoreboard first against Maroa-Forsyth when DJ Lee connected with Clavin Davis on a 53-yard touchdown pass.
The Trojans’ defense tightened up, and Maroa’s offense kicked into overdrive with 46 unanswered points behind quarterback Jack Hockaday, who had 271 yards of total offense and three interceptions. The final score was 46-7 in favor of Maroa.
RANTOUL —Monticello quarterback Brandon Wildman was efficient against the Eagles, completing 9 of 12 passes for 236 yards — all in the first half as the Sages cruised to the 40-8 win over Rantoul.
Four of his completions went for touchdowns: two to Ryne Bundy (5, 48 yards), one to Clay Becker (68 yards) and one to Noah Freemon (28 yards).
BLOOMINGTON — Danville scored the first nine points at Bloomington, but went scoreless thereafter in a game where it was limited to 143 total yards, including 51 in the second half. Danville ultimately fell 27-9.
Quentin Smith scored the lone Danville TD in the final minute of the first period, and Justin Daubaris led the Vikings with 64 rushing yards on 19 carries.
WOODSTOCK — Champaign Central’s Montrel Moore found himself the focus of the Woodstock defense. It wasn’t anything new for the Maroons’ leading rusher.
CHAMPAIGN — Friday’s Big 12 matchup between Centennial and Normal Community came with the backdrop of the Chargers’ Senior Night festivities, but it was the Ironmen who left Tommy Stewart Field smiling after a 32-13 victory.