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St. Teresa will be just fine without Jacardia Wright

In fact, the Bulldogs' offense was as balanced as we've seen in some time in a 41-0 win over Downs Tri-Valley, even without starting quarterback Jack Hogan. Backup quarterback Chord Miller, a junior, was 10-of-16 with 198 yards and three touchdowns, with five different receivers catching a pass.

Sophomore running back Denim Cook took the keys to the backfield and ran with them, rushing 18 times for 131 yards and two touchdowns. St. Teresa head coach Mark Ramsey had said in the offseason that he would feed Cook, and the sophomore delivered in a big way.

A balanced offense, with a workhorse running back, could lead St. Teresa a long way.

Maroa-Forsyth can run, run, run

No need to put too much on the shoulders of first-year varsity starting quarterback Wade Jostes too early. The Maroa-Forsyth rushing attack shouldered most of the offense in a 26-18 win over Virden North Mac. Running back Bryson Boes ran 22 times for 106 yards and a touchdown and Cade Culp rushed nine times for 105 yards and two touchdowns — one run going for 51 yards. Drew Hicks ran three times for 71 yards and as a team the Trojans ran for 303 yards. 

The ground game was impressive as Jostes finds his footing as a quarterback, and the next big test in the conference comes in Week 4 against Williamsville.

Tuscola has big plays in all three phases

Tuscola scored at will in a 55-14 win over Villa-Grove/Heritage, but hit big play after big play. Lucas Kresin opened scoring with an 83-yard interception return for a touchdown. Sophomore Jalen Quinn returned a punt return in the second quarter 68 yards for a score and quarterback Logan Tabeling ran in a 27-yard touchdown.

Receivers Brandon Douglas and Jalen Quinn combined for 113 receiving yards on eight catches.

The Warriors will be tested against a good Arcola defense next week, which didn't allow high-powered Argenta-Oreana to hit on may big plays in a Week 1 win.

Central A&M starts as expected

No shock for the Raiders to come out with a convincing 41-6 win over a still rebuilding Westville team.

No less, the combination of quarterback Connor Heaton and receiver Jacob Paradee led the way, with big plays from Connor Hutchins and Griffin Brown. The Raiders are still a few weeks away from being tested in Week 3 on the road against Tuscola.

Meridian on the rise

It's been a while since Meridian has hung 60 points on a football field — a Week 3 win in 1999 against Shelbyville, to be exact. After a few rough years for the Hawks, they could be on the rise in a top-heavy Central Illinois Conference.

Quarterback Jacob Jones accounted for more than 200 yards of offense and four touchdowns. He rushed for 129 yards and Zach Bowman rushed for 100 yards. Meridian had 462 yards of total offense.

Tackels starts strong for Sages

Nic Tackels had big shoes to fill for defending Class 3A state champion Monticello, and put in a strong performance in his first varsity start at quarterback. He was 6-of-9 for 192 yards and four total touchdowns.

Monticello's offense did a little bit of everything in a 42-32 win over Stanford Olympia to open the season.

The Sages lost a lot of talent off of last season's team, but head coach Cully Welter still has talent in his system in Tackels and running back Chris Brown, who had a big night.

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Contact Joey Wagner at (217) 421-6970. Follow him on Twitter: @mrwagner25

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