Category: Quarterback

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

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



I made the trip east on I-74 to Rantoul, IL Wednesday afternoon, to take advantage of the beautiful weather in central Illinois and grab some action photo’s at the Fighting Illini’s football practice. Second year head coach Tim Beckman ran a fast moving practice that lasted less than two hours. The offense was moving the ball easily on the defense with a lot of passes mixed in with a few running plays. A couple of key players were rested with slight injuries, senior QB Nathan Scheelhaase and LB Jonathan Brown. The Illini move back home to Champaign this weekend and open the season August 31st against Southern Illinois University at Memorial Stadium.

-Bob

The top seeded Elmwood/Brimfield Trojans ran all over the Champaign St. Thomas More Sabers 34-14 Saturday in the first round of the IHSA Class 3A football playoffs. Controlling the line of scrimmage, the Trojans (10-0) rushed for 525 yards while stopping the Sabers (5-5) with a stout defense. Senior running backs Jason Harkness (255 yards on 23 carries) and Brady Westart (216 yards on 30 carries) combined for 525 yards of offense and 26 first downs. Junior running back Sonny Visione added 41 yards on the ground. STM junior quarterback Storm Joop finished with 234 yards on 16-for-34 passing. With the victory Elmwood/Brimfield  advances to the second round next Saturday, traveling to play the Winnebago Indians (8-2).

-Bob

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