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Illinois football roundup: Saukees beat Titans to keep playoff hopes afloat

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Pittsfield's 1-2 punch of Zach Abney and Wayde Smith proved to be too much for the West Hancock football team to handle Friday night, as the Saukees rolled to a 48-36 West Central Conference win.

Abney scored three touchdowns and racked up 230 yards for the Saukees (3-4, 3-3), who would become playoff eligible by winning out. Smith added 27 yards on four carries and three touchdowns.

Pittsfield had 312 total yards, 279 on the ground.

West Hancock quarterback Coy Dorothy completed 19 of 37 passes for 234 yards. Austin Hardy had 74 yards on six carries, and Kolbie Schilson had nine catches for 72 yards and one touchdown for the Titans (1-6, 0-6).

Schilcon scored on a 2-yard run in the second quarter. Dorothy connected on a 66-yard pass to Ethan Summers early in the third quarter and then scored on a three-yard run of his own later in the quarter.

Jesse Espinosa had an 81-yard kickoff return in the fourth quarter, and Schilson finished the scoring as time ran out with a 5-yard pass from Dorothy.

Brown County 19, Unity 6: Braxton Phelps had 129 yards on 14 carries and one touchdown to lead the Hornets to a Western Illinois Valley Conference North Division win.

Phelps scored on an 82-yard run with 8:27 left in the second quarter for the Hornets (4-3, 3-2).

Brady Long opened the scoring for Brown County with a 74-yard punt return with a little over three minutes left in the first quarter.

The Hornets finshed the scoring with a 9-yard pass from Dylan Ruble to Brandon Winner.

Brown County racked up 213 yards on the ground.

Gage Klitz scored the lone touchdown for the Mustangs, connecting on a 52-yard pass from Thomas Donley with 41 seconds left in the first half.

Tanner Wand had 45 yards rushing to lead the Mustangs (2-5, 2-3).

Central-Southeastern 59, Jacksonville ISD 6: Dalton Heubner scored two touchowns and rushed for 86 yards to lead the Panthers to a WIVC North victory at Jacksonville.

Heubner scored with 9:33 left in the first quarter on a 54-yard run. Bobby Keltz followed seven minutes later on a 1-yard run. Seth Leezer connected with Heubner on a 35-yard pass with 11 minutes left in the second quarter. Weese scored on a 1-yard run later in the quarter and Leezer conencted with Weese on an 8-yard pass to give C-SE (7-0, 5-0) a 39-0 halftime lead.

Alger Saldana opened the second-half scoring with a 10-yard run with nine minutes left in the third quarter. Keltz scored on a 5-yard run late in the third. Saldana finished the scoring for C-SE with a 23-yard run with three minutes left in the game.

Heubner added 35 yards receiving. Weese had 47 yards rushing on three carries and 52 yards receiving on two carries.

Leezer was 3-for-6 passing for 87 yards and two touchdowns.

The Panthers had 386 total yards, with 299 coming on the ground.

ISD's lone score came as time expired in the game.

Illini West 48, Trenton 0: Alex Appel and Bryton Smith scored two touchdowns apiece to help the Chargers to a non-conference home win.

Illini West (6-1) racked up 349 yards.

Smith's first score came on a 35-yard run with 11:03 remaining in the first quarter. Smith added his second score at 11:24 in the second quarter on a 5-yard scamper.

Appel gave Illini West a 16-0 lead with a 17-yard run at the 3:24-mark in the first quarter. His second touchdown came midway through the third quarter, this time on a 2-yard run.

Ben Gittings had a one-yard run in the second quarter to put Illini West up 32-0 and the Chargers' last score came with 7:39 left in the fourth quarter with a 2-yard run by Bryor Grotts.

Appel rushed for 115 yards on 10 carries and Gittings added 56 yards on 11 carries for Illini West, which racked up 349 yards.

Greenfield 12, Pleasant Hill 6: The Wolves pushed Greenfield to double overtime before losing a WIVC South game at home.

Pleasant Hill (2-5, 2-3) picked up 232 yards rushing but managed just 17 yards passing.

The Wolves' lone score came on a 1-yard run by Kyle Moore in the first quarter.

Seth Stroemer had 180 yards rushing for Pleasant Hill.

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