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Illinois roundup: Illini West rallies for late touchdown to beat Knoxville

Lincoln Gooding
Posted: Sep. 8, 2018 12:35 am

Carter Boyer connected with Lincoln Gooding for an 11-yard touchdown with 3:09 left in the game, and Nick Vorhies scored the two-point conversion run to help the Illini West football team rally for a 20-18 victory over Knoxville on Friday night at Fuzz Berges Field in a Prairieland Conference game at Carthage, Ill.

The Chargers (3-0) forced a punt and took possession of the ball with about six minutes remaining in the game. A fourth-down catch by Gooding and a fourth-down penalty against the Blue Bullets helped keep the drive alive.

"It was one of those classic drives, 3 yards and a cloud of dust," said Illini West coach Lyle Klein, whose team is ranked sixth in Class 2A.

Knoxville moved the ball on the ensuing possession to the Illini West 40 but gave up the ball on downs with 1:16 left to play.

The Blue Bullets rushed for 253 yards, with Case Hennenfent totaling 130 yards and two touchdowns. The Chargers had 153 yards on the ground but also had 70 yards passing, while Knoxville misfired on all seven of its passes. Boyer also hooked up with Gooding for a 15-yard score in the second quarter.

"It was two grind-it-out teams, and they were sold out to stop the run," Klein said. "That's what Carter brings to the game."

Hennenfent scored two second-quarter touchdowns to make the score 12-12 at halftime.

Knoxville (1-2) took the 18-12 lead midway through the third quarter on a 3-yard run by Seth Clay.

Vorhies led Illini West with 114 yards on 19 carries.

"We're not going to complain about the win, but if it went the other way, we're still coming to work next week," Klein said. "But with a win like this, maybe the boys are finally getting some of the accolades they have worked hard for."

Central 42, Jacksonville Routt 0: Noah Strohkirch scored the game's first three touchdowns as the Panthers, ranked fourth in Class 1A, raced to a 26-0 lead by halftime in Jacksonville.

Central's Collin Sally recovered a fumble and returned it 27 yards for a touchdown as time expired in the first half. Central's defense held Routt (2-1) to less than 60 yards of total offense.

Strochrich finished with 75 yards on 13 carries, while Cole Williams had 126 yards on 12 carries for Central (3-0).

Cole Williams also did damage on the ground for the Panthers (3-0), rushing for 126 yards on 12 carries.

Pleasant Hill 64, North Greene 28: Kodiak Rodgers and Isaiha Rodgers carried the way for the Wolves as they accounted for eight of Pleasant Hill's nine touchdowns.

After the Spartans grabbed a 7-0 lead, the Wolves bounced back as Isaiha Rodgers scored on runs of 2 and 40 yards. Kodiak Rodgers scored the Wolves' next three as they built a 42-20 halftime lead.

Isaiha Rodgers finished with 147 yards rushing and completed 6 of 8 passes for 36 yards. Kodiak Rodgers rushed for 116 yards.

Triopia 41, Unity 6: The Trojans scored 35 points in the first half and limited the Mustangs to just 144 total yards in the the Western Illinois Valley Conference North opener in Concord.

The Trojans (3-0, 1-0 MIVC North) scored on their opening possession on a 13-yard run by Michael Burns. Three plays later, Shawn Bell returned an interception 49 yards. Zach Thompson had two rushing touchdowns and Burns had another by halftime.

Unity's only touchdown came in the fourth quarter on a 67-yard run by Jacob Presser. The Mustangs (0-3, 0-1) gave up 297 yards of offense.

Beardstown 50, Brown County 16: The Hornets allowed 50 first-half points in a Western Illinois Valley North Conference loss in Beardstown.

Brown County didn't the end zone until Cameron Zimmerman ripped off a 62-yard touchdown run in the opening minutes of the second half. Hayden Howell scored on a 1-yard run in the fourth quarter.

Zimmerman finished with seven carries for 74 yards.

Maroa-Forsyth 72, Pittsfield 0: The Saukees gave up 42 points in the first quarter and were held to less than 200 yards of total offense in the Sangamo Conference loss in Maroa.

Saukees quarterback Jack Palmer completed 6 of 19 passes for 70 yards and an interception, while Wade Howland had 16 carries for 89 yards.

Central 42, Jacksonville-Routt 0


21 First Downs 4

54-370 Rushes-yards 20-52

12 Passing yards -9

382 Total yards 43

1-2-0 Comp-Att-Int 2-5-1

4-0 Fumbles-lost 1-1

5-40 Penalties-yards 6-42

Scoring Summary

First Quarter

C--Noah Strohkirch 4 run (run failed) 3:34

Second Quarter

C--Strohkirch 3 run (run failed) 8:10

C--Strohkirch 1 run (Cole Williams run) :16

C--Collin Sally 27 fumble return (run failed) :0

Third Quarter

C--Chayse Houston 12 run (Williams run) 6:14

C--Jacob Rowland 1 run (Houston run) :40



RUSHING--Central, Williams 12-116, Strohkirch 13-75, Houston 10-84, Rowland 7-41.

PASSING--Central, Jones 1-2-19

RECEIVING--Central, Williams 1-19

Triopia 41, Unity-Payson 6


6 First downs 15

30-124 Rushing-yards 51-263

20 Passing yards 34

144 Total yards 297

6-16-1 Comp-Att-Int 1-3-0

3-2 Fumbles-lost 2-1

6-42 Penalties 6-52

Unity 0 0 0 6--6

Triopia 21 14 6 0--41

Scoring Summary

First Quarter

T--Michael Burns 13 run (Dawson Lemons kick), 6:48

T--Shawn Bell 49 interception return (Lemons kick), 5:49

T--Zach Thompson 34 run (Lemons kick), 45.7

Second Quarter

T--Burns 21 run (Lemons kick), 8:02

T--Thompson 2 run (Lemons kick), 48.9

Third Quarter

T--Thompson 34 pass from Bell (Lemons kick), 3:30

Fourth Quarter

U--Jacob Presser 57 run (kick failed)



RUSHING--Unity, Skyler Hagerbaumer 11-70, Presser 9-52, Benet Duesterhaus 1-1, Collin Crow 3-1, Austin Cornwell 2-6, Brett Bristow 4-8. Triopia, Thompson 22-145, Burns 19-101, Joe Walker 2-4, Shawn Bell 3-3, Daniel Embley 1-2, Broc Moore 2-0, Austin Gaines 2-8.

PASSING--Unity, Presser 6-16-20; Triopia, Bell 1-3-34.

RECEIVING--Unity, Luke Jansen 4-12, Hagerbaumer 1-2, Duesterhaus 1-6. Triopia, Thompson 1-34.

Illini West 20, Knoxville 18


21 First downs 11

58-238 Rushing yards 32-153

0 Passing yards 70

0-7-1 Comp-Att-Int 6-8-0

3-0 Fumbles-lost 1-1

9-70 Penalties-Yards 11-120

Knoxville 0 12 6 0--18

Illini West 0 12 0 8--20

Scoring Summary

Second Quarter

KNX--Case Hennenfent 2 run (kick failed), 11:53

WST--Lincoln Gooding 15 pass from Carter Boyer (run failed), 5:29

KNX--Hennnfent 1 run (run failed), 4:09

WST--Collin Sargeant 4 run (run failed), 2:37

Third Quarter

KNX­--Seth Clay 3 run (run failed), 6:05

Fourth Quarter

WST--Gooding 11 pass from Boyer (Nick Vorhies run), 3:09


RUSHING--Knoxville, Case Hennenfent 27-130, Seth Clay 14-44, Jimmy Upson 9-34, Zack Dean 3-21, Austin Smith 1-8, Cal Engebretson 4-1. Illini West, Nick Vorhies 19-114, Collin Sargeant 8-45, Michael Lord 3-1, Carter Boyer 2-(-7)

PASSING--Knoxville, Cal Engebretson 0-7-0-0-1. Illini West, Carter Boyer 6-8-70-2

RECEIVING--Illini West, Lincoln Gooding 3-39, Michael Lord 3-31.