Category: Football

The Farmington Farmers scored on three long drives to beat arch rival Elmwood/Brimfield 22-12 un the IHSA Class 2A football playoffs. Farmington (10-1) travels to Aledo Mercer County (10-1) next Saturday. The Farmers rushed  the ball 70 times for 373 yards, they were led by senior RB Macae Skaggs and junior Max Balagna. The Trojans running game was paced by junior Layne Wyatt with 127 yards rushing with a 61 touchdown run in the first half.

-Bob


Eureka College junior quarterback Blake Robles completed passes to 10 different receivers and set or matched career-highs with 25 completions, 345 yards and four touchdowns, but Upper Midwest Athletic Conference co-leader St. Scholastica scored on four of its first five possessions to build an early lead and later held off a second-half rally from the hosts in a 38-25 league victory over the Red Devils, Saturday afternoon at Pete FioRito Stadium at McKinzie Field. The Saints put the Red Devils in a hole early, grabbing a 24-0 advantage before the EC offense could get into a rhythm.  An 11-yard touchdown rush from Jake Jensen capped the first CSS possession and got the visitors on the board with a 7-0 lead. The Saints got the ball back after a Eureka three-and-out and stretched their lead to 14-0 when quarterback Tyler Harper connected with Spencer Sprecht with a 4-yard touchdown pass with 3:29 left in the first. The Saints racked up 144 yards of offense in the first quarter and led 14-0 at the end of the frame. Robles finished the day 25-for-47 for a career-high 345 yards and four touchdowns. Jake Bane made a season-high six catches for 70 yards and two scores, while freshman receiver Dorell Baugh made four receptions for 29 yards. Senior running back Corey Dawson rushed 14 times for 57 yards.

-Bob

The Fightin’ Titans opened its home football season with a 14-7 nonconference win over Hope College before a “Family Day” crowd of 2,600 on Saturday, at Tucci Stadium. Illinois Wesleyan improved to 3-0 and will open College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin play next Saturday at Millikin. Hope lost for the first time this season and is 3-1. All the scoring was in the first half. The Flying Dutchmen opened the scoring with 05:17 to go in the first quarter when Shawn Jackson rushed in from 24 yards out. Evan Finch added the kick to put the Dutch ahead, 7-0. The Titans answered with a touchdown pass from senior Rob Gallik to sophomore Artie Checchin with 1:45 to play in the first quarter, ending a nine-play, 71-yard drive that took 3:24. Sophomore Michael Kelley‘s kick tied the score at 7-7. The final TD of the game came with 10:36 to go in the second quarter when Gallik found senior Taylor Dee on a 5 yard pass to end a 72 yard, six-play drive that consumed 2:43. Gallik completed 22 of 38 passes for 227 yards and two TDs, hitting senior Alex Garvey for eight balls and 105 yards. Checchin made four grabs for 18 yards and senior Tate Musselman had three grabs with 41 yards. Senior T.J. Stinde had 129 yards on 17 carries with a long of 49 yards and Devonte Jones rushed for 16 yards on 11 carries.

-Bob

Limestone junior running back Dominic Johnson’s career high 257 yards rushing on 33 carries put the Rockets (3-0) in position to beat the visiting Pekin Dragons 35-28 Friday night at Frank C. Leach Stadium. Johnson had a 72-yard run that set up Jaylon Moore’s 9-yard TD run that put Limestone up 20-7 in the second. Jaren Stewart’s 3-yard run gave Limestone a 20-14 lead in the third. Senior quarterback Adam Schmitt, completed 11 of 16 passes for 166 yards. He was 6-for-6 after halftime. Pekin senior quarterback Chase Poole rushed for two TDs and threw for 167 yards. His first TD pass, 7 yards to Ethan Swanson, cut Pekin’s deficit to 28-21 late in the third quarter.

-Bob


Eureka College junior quarterback Blake Robles went 22-for-29 for 218 yards and three touchdowns in his Eureka debut, including the 9-yard game-winning strike to sophomore wideout Matt Mogged with 6:03 left in the game, sending the Red Devils to a 21-17 victory over Knox College in the second annual Lincoln Bowl, Saturday afternoon at McKinzie Field. The Red Devils got on the board first in Saturday’s season opener, limiting the Prairie Fire to 10 yards and a punt before putting together a 10-play, 52-yard drive for a 7-0 lead. Robles went 5-for-5 for 46 yards on the drive that was capped by his first collegiate touchdown pass, a 4-yard toss to freshman wide receiver Dorell Baugh with 6:03 left in the first quarter. Eureka got the game-winning score less than four minutes later on a 75-yard scoring drive. Robles completed four passes on the series, including a 28-yard connection with Baugh and a 19-yard strike to senior Jake Bane that pushed the Red Devils into the red zone. Facing 3rd-and-7 from the Knox 9, Robles hit Mogged on a slant across the middle for the go-ahead score. Senior running back Corey Dawson led the ground attack with 20 carries for 65 yards.

-Bob



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