MOWEAQUA — Connor Heaton wasn't the most impressed with his three touchdown passes or 188 passing yards in his first varsity start at quarterback.
He was taken aback by the defense that fueled Central A&M's offense on the way to a 33-0 shutout win of Westville.
It was A&M's first shutout since the first round of the 2010 playoffs against Sidell Jamaica.
“It was a great game," Heaton said. "Our defense played outstanding. I got a little help from my receivers. Jacob Paradee had a heck of a game."
Both Heaton and coach Brent Weakly heaped praise on the Raiders' lines.
"I thought we dominated up front both offensively and defensively," Weakly said. "The offense and defensive line really played well."
Konnor Ohl rushed for 59 yards, Gus McCoy had 48 and Connor Hutchins added 48 in a balanced A&M rushing attack.
"Our offensive line did a great job blocking," Heaton said.
Jacob Paradee was on the receiving end of all of Heaton's touchdown passes, hauling in six catches for 179 yards.
“You see it on the basketball court," Weakly said of Heaton and Paradee's connection. "They trust each other to make the right play. We're working on that on the football field as well as what they do on the basketball court."
Paradee also had seven tackles to go along with six from Isaac Woodard.
Maroa-Forsyth 35, Virden North Mac 6
MAROA — Maroa jumped out early on Virden North Mac and kept the Panthers at bay on the way to a Sangamo Conference win.
Ian Benner threw for a pair of touchdowns and ran for two more to go along with a touchdown run from Max Davenport.
But Maroa head coach Josh Jostes saw plenty to clean up, including three turnovers.
“I thought North Mac played really hard,'" Jostes said. "They gave us all we wanted tonight. We had a lot of mistakes, including three turnovers. That’s not gonna get it done. I felt we played very average, and some of that is to North Mac’s credit.”
Davenport rushed for 73 yards to go along with 37 from Benner, who was also 14-of-26 for 219 yards.
Ben Gilbert hauled in a 40-yard touchdown pass from Benner and Drew Hicks was on the receiving end of a 31-yard strike.
LSA 22, Meridian 13
MACON — The Lions had their hands full with Meridian, but pulled the game out thanks to a big play from a new contributor.
LSA, a co-op with Decatur Christian and — new this year — Mount Pulaski, got a touchdown pass from Mike Fiala to Garrett Skelton, a receiver from Mount Pulaski.
“I was very proud of the effort," LSA coach Craig Bundy. "We had some kids that had to step up that were not probably figuring to play a major role in the game, and they did.
"It was not a real pretty game, but we survived.”
LSA also got a touchdown-saving tackle on a kick return from Brandon Kretsinger — also a Mount Pulaski player.
Jacksonville def. Eisenhower 14-6
JACKSONVILLE — Tor'Jon Evans ran and ran and ran.
The Eisenhower junior amassed 134 yards on 11 carries including an 80-yard touchdown run, but it it wasn't enough in the Panthers' season-opening loss to Jacksonville.
Eisenhower ran for 205 yards, but Jacksonville's Chris Pulley had 140 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
“We just didn’t execute when we had opportunities," Eisenhower's Curtis Graham said. "Jacksonville’s defense played tougher than we expected; they did what they were supposed to do. Our guys just didn’t come out where we wanted them to, and we need to execute on our finishing drives.”
Panthers quarterback Jordan Dennis threw for 58 yards and Tre'Jon Evans had three grabs for 27 yards.
The team's combined for 28 penalties, 16 from Eisenhower and 12 from Jacksonville.
Canton 14, Charleston 6
CHARLESTON — Charleston was in the whole game against Canton. The game was scoreless at halftime and Canton took a two-touchdown lead.
The Trojans made it an eight-point game early in the fourth quarter. But as close as the game was, the eight-point deficit was too much for the Trojans to overcome because the offense stalled out too many times, including one time inside the 30-yard line in the fourth quarter.
Canton held on to the slight lead it built and won the season-opener at Trojan Hill.
Charleston was held to 117 yards of total offense and only seven first downs.
Trojan head coach Tyler Hanner was calling the plays as the offensive coordinator and he put the offensive struggles on his shoulders after the game.
“We just couldn’t get it clicking on offense and I will take full blame for that,” Hanner said. “First time calling the O. Trying to pick spots here and there where we can go. I will take responsibility for that and I am learning as I go. I will get on the film this weekend and figure out what I could’ve done better and learn from it myself.”