MONTICELLO - Monticello dealt a blow to Clinton's postseason hopes with a 42-34 win on Friday.
The Sages rushed for 298 yards and withstood a big game from Clinton quarterback Aaron Ennis (19-for-35 for 267 yards and three touchdowns).
"Our passing game was really good - we can finally open it up and score whenever we want," Clinton coach John Hayden said. "We moved the ball effectively, but we threw an interception late. Defensively, we played well but our special teams hurt us."
Monticello improved to 3-2, 1-0 Okaw Valley Black. Clinton fell to 2-3, 0-1, and will have to beat either Tolono Unity or St. Teresa to have a chance at the playoffs.
St. Teresa 45, Shelbyville 0
SHELBYVILLE - The score doesn't show it, but St. Teresa's win was its worst performance of the season.
Statistically, it was another big night for Ryan Smith, who rushed 22 times for 183 yards and four touchdowns. But Bulldogs coach Scott Davis wasn't pleased.
"We were able to run the ball very well, but overall it was a very sloppy game," Davis said. "It wasn't a bad effort defensively, but we had too many penalties and our execution wasn't great at times."
Also for the Bulldogs (4-1, 1-0 Okaw Valley Black), quarterback Nick Brinkoetter was 8-for-9 for 141 yards and a touchdown.
Tuscola 53, Warrensburg-Latham 7
WARRENSBURG - There were no letdowns after last week's big win this time for the Warriors, who led 39-0 at half.
Tuscola quarterback Jud Wienke finished 6-for-9 for 168 yards and threw for three touchdowns.
"I thought we came out very strong and played very well," Tuscola coach Rick Reinhart said. "In the first half, we did everything we needed to do. We came out with a good feeling and (with) nobody getting injured."
Also for the Warriors (5-0, 1-0 Okaw Valley Blue), John Turner rushed 10 times for 96 yards and Pat Yoakum had three total TDs.
Maroa-Forsyth 49, Meridian 0
MAROA - The Trojans had an efficient offensive night in dismantling the Hawks.
Six different Maroa players scored touchdowns, with running back Gary Scott leading the way with 142 yards on six carries - including touchdown runs of 9 and 92 yards.
Maroa quarterback Logan Stelzriede threw just five passes, but completed all five for 165 yards and touchdown strikes of 89 yards to Joe Hockaday and 22 yards to Bo Banning.
Tolono Unity 61, Sullivan-Okaw Valley 14
TOLONO - The Rockets jumped to a 35-0 lead and bounced back from their loss to Tuscola in a big way.
Seth Gooch opened the
scoring for Unity (4-1, 1-0 Okaw Valley Black) with touchdown runs of 58 and 24 yards, and Michael Lafenhagen scored four touchdowns.
Sullivan (2-3, 0-1) got on the board in the first half with a 54-yard TD pass from Chad Frerichs to Alex Wood, and later scored on a Seth Sweeney 2-yard run. Frerichs finished with 174 yards passing.
Tri-County 20, Arcola 14
ARCOLA - Tri-County's Luke Clapp scored on a 1-yard run in overtime as the co-defending Little Okaw Valley Conference champions remained undefeated in the conference with a thrilling 20-14 overtime win over Arcola Friday.
Special teams played a big part in the win for the Titans as T.J. Blake blocked an extra point and a 28-yard field goal in the overtime. Tri-County also converted a fake punt in a scoring drive.
"The kids played hard and I am really proud of them," said Tri-County coach Adam Clapp. "We did exactly what we set out to do. We controlled the ball. We controlled the clock and we just wore them down."
Tri-County led 14-6 through three quarters when Arcola quarterback Tony Van Gundy scrambled around before
hitting Cole O'Rourke on a 43-yard pass for a touchdown on the first play of the fourth quarter. The two hooked up again for the two-point conversion as Van Gundy hit O'Rourke on the right side.
"We made a few mistakes that hurt us," Arcola coach Gerald Temples said. "It was a good ball game and unfortunately we came out on the short end of it. They overloaded us and they kept running it."
Cerro Gordo 53, East Central 26
CERRO GORDO - Cerro Gordo had three players rush for over 100 yards and the Broncos won their second straight game.
Cody Woollen rushed for 135 yards and two touchdowns, Collin Woollen had 106 yards and a touchdown and Eric Chapman had 105 yards and a score. Cody Woollen also had a blocked punt return for a TD, and quarterback Brad Forbes ran for two TDs for the Broncos (2-3, 2-1 Little Okaw Valley).
"Our offense played awesome," Cerro Gordo coach Andy Kerley said. "I'm an old offensive lineman, and those men never get their names in the paper. Tonight, they deserve to."
South Piatt 40, Arthur-Lovington 13
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ARTHUR - Brock Rumple rushed for 233 yards on 16 carries and scored three touchdowns in the first half to put the Wildcats up 34-0 after two quarters.
"South Piatt is a strong running team, and Brock Rumple is a strong runner," said Arthur coach Dale Schuring, whose team fell to 0-5, 0-3 LOVC. "We just had some trouble stopping him.
"Offensively, we improved in some areas," Schuring said. "We didn't have any stupid penalties or bad snaps, or anything like that. We made some improvement in our leadership."
Pleasant Plains 35, Sangamon Valley 6
PLEASANT PLAINS - Despite running just 10 plays in the first half, Sangamon Valley had a shot to tie the game 14 in the third quarter but couldn't convert.
That was the story all night for the Storm.
"It wasn't our best game and Pleasant Plains had a lot to do with that," Sangamon Valley coach Michael Lee said. "Pleasant Plains played good football and we had trouble stopping them."
It was the second week without stud linebacker Aaron Bennett and it showed once again. Plains (2-3 1-2 Sangamo) ripped off 21 points in the fourth quarter to pull away.
Storm (2-3, 1-3) running back Dan Rentschler was held to 72 yards on 15 carries.
"They did a good job running the football and we had trouble stopping them," Lee said.
Charleston 12, Newton 7
CHARLESTON - Chris Creek had received enough criticism from his coach. It was a good time for a breakthrough.
The junior linebacker picked off his second pass of the game on Newton's final drive, preserving Charleston's 12-7 Apollo victory on Friday.
Maybe it wasn't the prettiest night for the Trojans' offense, but their defense came through after getting knocked backward in a loss to Paris the week before.
"In the first half, I was struggling to read the hitch and then in the second half I got on it," Creek said. "I knew what he was going to do."
Newton quarterback Brian Emmerich had just completed back-to-back passes to James Blievernicht to get the Eagles to the Charleston 48 with just more than a minute left. But Creek read the next pass perfectly and returned it nearly 40 yards to ice the win, a big boost to the 3-2 Trojans' playoff hopes.
Creek also had one of the biggest defensive stops of the game near the end of the second quarter. Newton had patiently moved the ball from its own 31 to the Charleston 15 with third-and-short. Creek stepped in front of Emmerich's sharply angled pass and returned it to Newton territory with less than half a minute left.
"The frustrating thing is we've been getting good linebacking play from (Matt) Wolfe and Paden Eveland and Kody French all season long and Chris has struggled," Charleston coach Brian Halsey said. "He took a little chewing there in the first half and came back and had two interceptions, had some big tackles and we finally got him awake. I'm happy for Chris and I do want to give a shout out to those other 'backers because I've been trying and they've been solid."
Newton (2-3) was held to 69 rushing yards and didn't score offensively. But it did take the lead on the second play of the second half when Blievernicht intercepted Sean Hussey and returned it 30 yards for a touchdown.
Charleston rebounded on its next possession with a 15-play, 70-yard drive that ended with Hussey rolling out in play action and finding David Haller open from 4 yards out for the go-ahead score.
Newton's next two drives stalled before a key hit on the running back Eveland stopped Charleston on fourth-and-two at the Newton 30.
Effingham 35, Olney East Richland 6
EFFINGHAM - Running back Grant Johnson helped Effingham forget it was without quarterback Alex Steppe for the second straight week.
Johnson rushed for 239 yards on only 10 carries, which propelled the Hearts to their fourth Apollo Conference win.
"Grant made up for a lot," Effingham coach Mike McDonald said. "He did a good job breaking tackles, and he's tough to bring down."
Johnson made that evident by scoring from 26, 55 and 53 yards out.
Olney continues to get quality production from quarterback Justin Bailey. He finished 11-of-25 for 195 yards. The lone Tiger score came on a 64-yard pass from Bailey to Joel Eagleson.
Urbana 38, Mattoon 24
URBANA - While others may have been dwelling on Urbana's losing streak, Mattoon football coach Troy Johnson was shuddering at game films of the Tigers.
"I thought, ‘Oh no, what if he spreads us out and gets those guys in their lanes,' " Johnson said.
You don't have to wonder what if now.
With super sophomore quarterback Cameron Mammen passing for 246 yards and three touchdowns and running 10 times for 95 yards and two more touchdowns, Urbana ended a 15-game losing streak with Friday's 38-24 Big 12 Conference football win over the Green Wave.
If that was not enough, Mammen had a fourth-quarter interception dousing Mattoon's comeback hopes.
This was the first win in Nathan Watson's two seasons coaching the Tigers.