Prep Football

Chargers post consecutive shutouts for first time since 2009

Nick Vorhies
By Herald-Whig
Posted: Sep. 1, 2018 12:20 am

CARTHAGE, Ill. -- The Illini West football team still hasn't allowed a point.

Havana got inside the 30-yard line twice, but Colton Sargeant and Weston Pollock picked off passes at the goal line to help the Chargers preserve a shutout in a 56-0 rout over their Prairieland Conference Black Division rival Friday night at Fuzz Berges Field. Illini West (2-0) has shut out opponents in consecutive weeks for the first time since 2009 when it shut out Rushville-Industry and West Hancock.

"It's amazing," Sargeant said. "Everyone is doing their job right now."

That makes the Chargers difficult to score against.

Illini West set the tone defensively from the opening drive. Havana (0-2) netted minus-10 yards after defensive lineman Jake Cole sacked Ducks quarterback Tory Wickman on third down.

Havana tried to go through the air to open things up for the ground game, but the Chargers' defensive backs clamped down on that. Illini West picked off Wickman four times, allowed just 81 yards of offense and held Havana to minus-13 rushing yards in the first half.

The defensive line plugging holes against Havana's running backs made it easier for the defensive backs to cover the wide receivers.

"We don't have to focus on the on the run ‘cause (the defensive line) is doing their job," Sargeant said. "We can just do what we need to do."

Turnovers turned into short fields for Illini West's offense.

Pollock returned his interception in the second quarter to the Havana 20-yard line, and a personal foul penalty moved the ball to the 13-yard line. Two plays later, running back Nick Vorhies scored on a 5-yard run to give the Chargers a 28-0 lead with 7:31 remaining in the quarter.

Illini West started its next series at the Havana 35-yard line and needed just five plays before Vorhies scored on a 1-yard run. After Sargeant picked off another pass on the first play of Havana's ensuing series, the Chargers used a four-play, 58-yard drive that was capped by Sargeant's 23-yard run for a 44-0 lead.

"When the run shut down, they kind of panicked and started throwing it," Illini West coach Lyle Klein said.

The Chargers totaled 483 yards of offense -- 338 in the first half -- and had four backs score touchdowns. Sargeant ran for 93 yards and two touchdowns on four carries, and Cole Jackson ran for 104 yards and two touchdowns on seven touches in the second half.

Illini West scored on its first offensive snap when quarterback Carter Boyer hit Michael Lord for a 75-yard TD.

"Passing isn't our deal, so if we're going to work on it, we need to do it against an opponent," Klein said. "It's nice and been a long time since we've had a win that we can work on stuff like that."

Illini West 56, Havana 0

IW HAV

20 First downs 7

36-390 Rushes-yards 20-16

93 Passing yards 94

483 Total yards 110

3-6-0 Comp-Att-Int 8-27-4

0-0 Fumbles-lost 2-0

9-85 Penalties-yards 7-75

Havana 0 0 0 0--0

Illini West 14 30 6 6--56

Scoring Summary

First Quarter

I--Michael Lord 75 pass from Carter Boyer (Nick Vorhies run), 9:51

I--Colton Sargeant 62 run (run failed), 3:21

Second Quarter

I--Lord 33 run (Weston Pollock run), 11:51

I--Vorhies 5 run (pass failed), 7:31

I--Vorhies 1 run (Pollock run), 3:15

I--Sargeant 27 run (Boyer run), 1:33

Third Quarter

I--Cole Jackson 15 run (pass failed), 8:14

Fourth Quarter

I--Jackson 40 run (pass failed), 2:56

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING--Havana, Dylan Valderrama 3-21, Branson Shaw 5-16, Jacob Daniel 8-(-5), Tory Wickman 4-(-16). Illini West, Jackson 7-104, Sargeant 4-93, Lord 5-72, Vorhies 9-48, Pollock 2-41, Carter Willdrick 8-27, Will Dietrich 1-5.

PASSING--Havana, Wickman 8-27-94-4. Illini West, Boyer 3-6-93-0.

RECEIVING--Havana, Paxton Olson 2-50, Daniel 3-2, Azariah Carron 1-16, Shaw 1-14, Trace Fletcher 1-11. Illini West, Lord 2-84, Lincoln Gooding 1-9.

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