DECATUR -- With each passing week, the LSA offense puts up more points.
The Lions roared to a 49-6 win over Tri-County in a non-conference game Friday.
Michael Fiala threw for 126 yards and two touchdowns and Xavier Todd scored touchdowns on three of his five carries for LSA (3-0).
"It was a really crisp, efficient offensive game in all areas," LSA coach Craig Bundy said. "Very proud of our offensive line. Defensively, not as sharp, but one again special teams was outstanding."
Todd finished with 50 yards, Seth Reynolds added 41 yards and collected 42 through the air and Ezra Schaal scored a touchdown while rushing for 84 yards.
Slow start, fast finish
SANGAMON VALLEY -- Cumberland didn't need to score in the first quarter Friday.
The Pirates fell behind 6-0 in the second quarter, then rolled off the next 44 points on the way to a 44-6 win over Sangamon Valley (1-2).
"We kind of started slow," Cumberland coach Lucas Watkins said. "We played a slow first half. We came out a lot more focused with more energy in the second half and played a better half."
Quarterback Gabe Hatfill and running back Myles Gerhardt paced the Cumberland (2-1) offense while combining for two touchdowns.
Hatfill threw for 191 one yards and a score while Gerhard ran for 161 and a TD while catching a receiving touchdown.
Four different Pirates players scored touchdowns, while standout receiver Tyson Magee was held to one catch for 45 yards.
"We were able to spread the ball around to different kids and not focus on one guy," Watkins said. "That made us tough to defend. Sangamon Valley kind of wore down and got gassed a little, and we were able to take advantage of that."
Getting the first one
DECATUR -- For the second week in a row, the Eisenhower defense played another stout game.
After allowing 20 points to Normal University last week, the Panthers held Jacksonville below 20 points on the way to a 24-15 Central State 8 Conference win.
"I felt like the kids came out and they played hard," Eisenhower coach Drew Wagers said. "Defense was stout again this week. They made big plays in big moments."
Matt Skeffington opened the Eisenhower (1-2, 1-2) scoring with a 13-yard strike to Shalin Bond.
After falling behind 7-6, the Panthers scored the next 12 behind another TD pass from Skeffington, this time to Jordan Dennis, and a one yard run from Skeffington.
"Offensively, we took care of the football much better," Wagers said. "We had a lot less turnovers than the last two weeks, which translated to us hanging on to the ball more and putting points on the board against Jacksonville. The team played well together; they played as a unit and I couldn't be more proud of how the kids battled in this game, coming from a tough loss last week."
All is Wells for the Knights
ARTHUR -- Not much went wrong for Arthur-Lovington-Atwood-Hammond to start Friday's non-conference game against Oblong.
Actually, not much went wrong all night. ALAH scored the first 34 points of the game on the way to a 48-15 win over the Panthers.
Kobe Wells had 97 yards on six carries for two touchdowns and returned an interception 42 yards to the house for the Knights (2-1).
Marcus Vanausdoll added 115 yards on nine carries and two touchdowns -- one of the 76-yard variety.
"We got off to a great tonight and our team was playing fast and physical," ALAH coach Dale Schuring said. "We built up a big lead and had a little bit of a letdown in the second quarter, but we played a great whole game.
Quarterback Will Cohan threw a touchdown and completed 7-of-10 passes for 87 yards.
Oblong (1-2) got 107 yards through the air and two touchdowns from quarterback Logan Richards.
Tuscola runs away with it
TUSCOLA -- Another game, another win for Tuscola.
The Warriors opened Central Illinois Conference play with a 46-0 shutout over Clinton before traveling to Shelbyville next week.
Luke Sluder threw for 169 yards and two touchdowns for Tuscola (3-0, 1-0) while rushing for 54 yards and a score.
Despite the win, coach Andy Romine saw enough to work on at practice this week.
"I think when you look at the way the game went down on paper afterwards, it looks like it was totally one-sided and dominated by us," Romine said, "but, there are some things we weren't happy with and thought we were sloppy with."
Dalton Hoel hauled in three catches for 90 yards including a 49-yard touchdowns.
The Warriors also displayed a new weapon. Junior kicker Cade Kresin booted a 45-yard field goal in the fourth quarter.
"We had a monster 45-yard field goal by Cade Kresin, a junior, in the fourth quarter and you don't see that too often at this level," Romine said. "We like him as a weapon."