Illinois football roundup: Central rolls to another win, sets up matchup of undefeated teams

Posted: Oct. 12, 2013 12:46 am Updated: Nov. 2, 2013 1:15 am


Central continues to dominate the Western Illinois Valley Conference North Division.

And the rest of its regular-season opponents.

Friday night, the Panthers won their second straight WIVC North championship with a 54-12 victory over Triopia at Concord, Ill.

Central (7-0, 5-0) has won 10 straight league games since joining the WIVC last season. Friday's victory was the 26th straight regular-season win, dating back to a 34-7 loss to Illini West in Week 8 of the 2010 season. The win also sets up a battle of undefeated stated-ranked squads, the No. 3 Panthers will travel to play undefeated and fourth-ranked Carrollton next Friday.

The win over the Trojans was similar to most of the Central's victories this season -- domination from the start.

Central scored four touchdowns in the first quarter and extended its lead to 46-0 at halftime.

A different player scored each of the Panthers' first five touchdowns. Austin Kramberg finished with two rushing touchdowns in the game on runs of 45 and 85 yards.

Kramberg carried the ball four times for 157 yards, while Trevor Hennen rushed for 101 yards and a 1-yard touchdown on 15 carries.

Central finished with 420 yards, while Triopia (2-5, 2-3) finished with 282.

Pleasant Hill 28, Calhoun 6: The Wolves used a strong second quarter to win a WIVC South game at home and keep their postseason hopes alive.

Pleasant Hill scored three touchdowns to take a 22-0 lead into halftime. Kyle Moore rushed for two touchdowns of 5 and 8 yards during that stretch and Alex Rodhouse added a 9-yard run.

Corby Edwards added a 7-yard touchdown run for the Wolves in the third quarter. Edwards rushed for 140 yards on 21 carries, while Rodhouse carried the ball 17 times for 107 yards.

Pleasant Hill (4-3, 2-3) finished with 285 yards and held the Warriors to 144.

Illini West 34, Trenton 23: Leighton Johnson scored three touchdowns and rushed for 266 yards in the Chargers' non-conference victory at Trenton, Mo.

Johnson scored Illini West's first two touchdowns on runs of 80 and 28 yards during the first quarter. He added a 1-yard scoring run in the third.

Jacob Sholl scored on a 38-yard run early in the third quarter for Illini West and Austin Curfman added a 1-yard scoring run late in the game.

Illini West (5-2) finished with 370 yards and held Trenton to 252.

Monmouth-Roseville 49, West Hancock 6: Chase Dooley scored the Titans' only touchdown in a West Central Conference loss at Monmouth, Ill.

With his team trailing 42-0, Dooley scored on an 95-yard kickoff return early in the fourth quarter.

Martel Hunter -- playing for the first time in 2 1/2 games after suffering an injury -- scored three touchdowns in the first half to give Monmouth a 42-0 halftime lead. Hunter carried the ball five times for 66 yards.

Brown County 65, Jacksonville 12: The Hornets wrapped up their WIVC North schedule by dominating the Rockets at Jacksonville, Ill.

Nathan Mekdara scored three of the Hornets' first four touchdowns on runs of 18, 8 and 14 yards. Long scored three touchdowns -- on a 55-yard run, a fumble recovery in the end zone and on a 70-yard interception return.

Long led Brown County (6-1, 4-1) with 105 rushing yards on seven carries, while Michael Scoggan added 87 yards on five carries.




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