CHATHAM — For a half, Eisenhower and its freshman quarterback Brylan Phillips were shocking the state.
The Panthers entered their game against undefeated Chatham Glenwood, which owns a win against Springfield Sacred Heart-Griffin this year, without many positives so far this season.
But late in the second quarter, the Panthers trailed by just 10 points after a Phillips TD pass.
But in the second half, the Titans showed why they're the No. 8 team in Class 6A, pulling away for a 60-16 win.
"We hung around in the first half, but we ran out of gas down the stretch," Eisenhower coach Curtis Graham said. "We have a lot of guys playing both ways and they didn't, but we're making progress."
Phillips was 10-of-15 for 122 yards and two TDs in the first half.
"He was able to get the ball to our receivers and kept drives alive with his legs," Graham said. "He's not that fast, but his awareness on the field is great. He's a heads-up kid and played a pretty good game."
Cerro Gordo-Bement 28, LSA 16
CERRO GORDO — The Broncos got their biggest win since 2015, coming back from a 16-7 deficit in the second half to beat the Lions.
Matthew Guffey had an 80-yard punt return TD with nine minutes left to give CGB (3-1, 1-0 Little Okaw Valley Northwest) the lead, then had a 6-yard rushing touchdown to put the game away.
Also for the Broncos, Brady Greenwood had 11 carries for 114 yards and a touchdown.
"It was a tough game, and we knew it was going to be a tough game," CGB coach Nick Walker said. "The boys played hard — I’m proud of how hard the boys played. LSA is a good team."
The Lions (2-2, 0-1 LOVC Northwest) got two touchdown passes from Mike Fiala in the loss.
Argenta-Oreana 52, Sangamon Valley 13
ARGENTA — Makhi Stanley rushed 10 times for 189 yards and four touchdowns, leading the Bombers to their best scoring output of the year and a 4-0 start to the season.
Stanley had all four touchdowns in the first half, and also caught a 2-point conversion pass from Josh Williams, to help give the Bombers (4-0, 1-0 Little Okaw Valley Northwest) a 52-0 lead at half.
“Overall, I thought we played a pretty good game," Argenta coach Steve Kirk said. "I thought for the most part we were focused in. Offense, defense, special teams — we all played a pretty solid game.”
For Sangamon Valley (1-3, 0-1), Ben Pickrell was 7-of-13 passing for 176 yards
Mount Zion 55, Macomb 0
MOUNT ZION — The Braves bounced back from last week's loss to Effingham with a dominating non-conference win against Macomb.
Mount Zion junior quarterback had his best game of the season, completing 11-of-12 passes for 175 yards and two touchdowns. He also added two rushing touchdowns.
Also for the Braves (3-1), who led 35-0 at half, Sage Davis rushed 15 times for 143 yards and two scores.
“Our guys played at a high speed tonight, and with an intensity we hadn’t seen yet this year," Braves coach Patrick Etherton said. "We really wanted to refocus after the last game, and we were excited to play a new team this week."
Shelbyville 41, Sullivan-Okaw Valley 12
SHELBYVILLE — Both Sullivan-Okaw Valley and Shelbyville were looking for their first Central Illinois Conference wins of the season after dropping their openers. In a pass-happy game, the Rams came out on top.
Sullivan's Luke Vanderburgh returned a kickoff 89 yards for a touchdown to bring the Redskins to within nine points, 21-12 with 4:26 left in the opening half. But Shelbyville answered with a four-play, 70-yard drive that culminated with a 10-yard touchdown pass from Emric Messado to Brayden Lynch.
"It was definitely a good response," Shelbyville coach Bill Duckett said. "That can be tough."
The game featured a total of 61 passes, including 39 from Shelbyville. Messado was 19-of-35 for 204 yards and two touchdowns. Messado also had nine carries for 98 yards and a touchdown. Cade Helton had 18 carries for 101 yards threw for a touchdown and ran for another. The Rams had 256 yards passing.
"Offensively, it was our best game," said Duckett. "We got some movement and a little diverse pass/run and I feel good about that."
The Rams also had a couple of halfback passes and a hook-and-ladder. Helton completed a 42-yard pass to Hutner Reed for the games' first touchdown.
"We just tried to have a lot of fun this week and tried to get some stuff in and it ended up working out well for us," said Duckett.
The Rams defense held Sullivan to 55 yards in the second half.
"We played a lot better defense in the second half," said Duckett. "We did a lot better job tackling. Our defense the two previous weeks has kept us in games. We are ahead of the game defensively compared to where we are offensively."
Sullivan (0-4, 0-2 CIC), which was already without four starters from the season opener, had more bad news in the middle of the third quarter when Luke Harlin, the quarterback, went down with a leg injury.
Harlin was 5-of-15 for 150 yards and a 58-yard scoring strike to Dominick Kimberlin to make it 8-6, Rams.
Shelbyville (2-2, 1-1) scored the final 20 points of the game in the win.