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Mattoon's Jackson Spurgeon fights off a tackle from Charleston's Jack Nelson during the Coles County Clash on Friday.

CHARLESTON – Mattoon’s winning streak in the Coles County Clash is now at seven games.

The Green Wave defeated Charleston 27-14 Friday night at O’Brien field, moving to 1-1 and 1-0 in the Apollo Conference. A week after ending a 19-game skid, Charleston fell to 1-1 (0-1 Apollo)

Here are three observations from the game.

Abe Baker gets going

Baker, Mattoon’s 799-yard rusher from a year ago, mustered 4 yards in the season-opening loss to Triad. Friday, though, Mattoon fed him from the start. He had 148 yards on 20 rushes and scored Mattoon’s first touchdown. He also added a 10-yard reception on 4th-and-8 to sustain that first touchdown drive.

Spurgeon bounces back

Sophomore quarterback Jackson Spurgeon won the right to replace Jack Pilson and totaled 207 yards – 114 passing and 93 rushing – in his second start. He had a passing and a rushing touchdowns. Baker may be Mattoon’s horse, but a rebound performance after a tough debut is a positive sign for Mattoon’s offense.

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Doyle bottled up

Mattoon keyed on Brayden Doyle, Charleston’s offensive focal point, and held him to exactly 0 rushing yards. His first two carries went for losses, and his longest of the game was just 6 yards. Mattoon snuffed a Charleston first-and-goal from the 5-yard line by tackling Doyle for a loss on second and third down. The possession ended in a fumble.

Quarterback Nick Cheney found some space on designed runs and scrambles and threw for 183 yards. He hit Brayden Rennels for a 55-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter one play after Mattoon took a 27-7 lead. Mattoon kept him on edge just enough all night, though, causing him to miss a few throws and complete about half his passes. Cam Knierim intercepted him and returned it 82 yards for a touchdown.


Photos: Coles County Clash

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