HAVANA, Ill. -- Cole Jackson's 5-yard touchdown run with 13 seconds remaining in regulation lifted the Illini West football team to a 22-20 victory over Havana on Friday night in Prairieland Conference action.
The Ducks took the lead on an 83-yard touchdown pass with 10 minutes remaining in the fourth quarter. The Chargers drove the length of the field in the final two minutes to set up Jackson's touchdown. A celebration penalty pushed the Chargers back on the two-point conversion, and the run failed. However, they were able to keep the Ducks from attacking on the final play.
Havana led 12-0 before Jackson scored on a 13-yard run with 21 seconds remaining in the first half. He also ran in the two-point conversion. Ethan James scored on a 2-yard run and Jackson had the conversion with 5:17 remaining in the third quarter as the Chargers took the lead.
Illini West had 280 yards rushing and 319 total yards on 63 plays. Havana had just 34 plays.
Jackson finished with 109 yards on 20 carries, while James had 94 yards on 18 carries, Will Deitrich added 42 yards on seven carries. James led the defense with 5.5 tackles and one tackle for loss.
Panthers shut out Cougars
The Class 1A No. 5 Central football team improved to 2-0 with a 32-0 shutout of Winchester West Central on Friday night.
Brandon Rossmiller accounted for all five touchdowns for the Panthers, scoring two touchdowns through the air, two on the ground and one on a kickoff return.
Rossmiller broke the scoring open with a 26-yard touchdown reception from Clayton Boehler with 1:47 left in the first quarter, then the two hooked up again for a 27-yard touchdown strike with 1:44 remaining before halftime.
On the opening kickoff of the second half, Rossmiller took it to the house for an 86-yard kickoff return, then he found the end zone again for a 36-yard scamper with 4:41 left in the third. His final score came on a 13-yard run in the fourth quarter.
While the rest of the team continues to mesh after suffering a good amount of loss to graduation from last season's state runner-up squad, Central assistant coach Kasey Monroe said having Rossmiller perform like he has in the first two weeks has been a blessing.
"Whats nice with him is he is efficient with his touches," Monroe said of Rossmiller, who finished with 82 rushing yards on 14 carries. "When he touches it it's going to be a big play. He gets that ball and he is gone.
"I am very proud of the way he is running, it just boosts everyone on the team."
Boehler finished with 2 for 5 with an interception and 53 yards, with both completions going to Rossmiller for scores. Jaxon Mueller was the leading tackler for the Panthers with 14 stops, and he accounted for the lone two-point conversion for Central.
PLEASANT HILL, Ill.
Mustangs outpace Wolves for first win
The Unity-Payson football team picked up its first victory of the season on Friday with a 47-22 decision over Pleasant Hill.
The Wolves (0-2) actually out-gained the Mustangs (1-1) in yards 378-350, but two key turnovers helped Unity to the win.
The first came with 9:48 left in the second quarter when Brett Bristow forced a fumble at the Pleasant Hill 35-yard line, which ultimately led to a 1-yard touchdown run by Jacob Presser that gave Unity-Payson its first lead of the game at 13-8.
The second came in the third quarter when Riker Tripplett recovered a fumble at the Wolves 40, and Mustangs quarterback Austin Cornwell took advantage with a 4-yard td strike to Benet Duesterhaus.
Duesterhaus scored four total touchdowns -- three rushing and one receiving -- and he led Unity-Payson with 125 total yards, including three rushes for 74 yards. Cornwell finished 16 for 24 passing with 162 yards and two touchdowns.
Kodiak Rogers led Pleasant Hill with 212 yards and a touchdown on 21 carries.
Titans churn out lopsided victory
Leighton Green caught two touchdown passes, Isaac Munson rushed for more than 200 yards and the West Hancock football team rolled to a 32-6 victory over St. Louis Carnahan on Friday night.
The Titans scored two touchdowns in each of the first two quarters to build a 26-0 lead and never were threatened. Drew Martens had a 13-yard touchdown run and Munson followed with a 1-yard scoring plunge in the first quarter. Green had TD receptions of 80 and 15 yards in the second quarter. Munson added a 15-yard run TD run in the fourth quarter.
Munson finished with 207 yards on 37 carries, while Martens had 106 yards rushing on 17 carries. Jared Little completed 3 of 9 passes for 120 yards. Munson also had 11 tackles and one tackle for loss, while defensive lineman Chris Taylor had two sacks.
Hawks take control in second quarter
A three-touchdown swing in the second quarter allowed the Carrollton football team, ranked 10th in Class 1A, to pull away from Brown County and post a 36-14 victory Friday night.
After the Hawks scored on a 22-yard Flowers pass play, the Hornets needed less than a minute to respond as Seth Fisher ripped off a 63-yard touchdown run. Nathan Hendricker's two-point conversion run tied the game at 8. Carrollton (2-0) answered with three straight scores, including two interception returns of 19 and 84 yards for touchdowns. The second of which came with 13 seconds left in the half and put the Hawks ahead 28-8.
Brown County (1-1) added a 1-yard touchdown run by Cristian Luparell in the fourth quarter. Fisher finished with 136 yards rushing on 18 carries, while Cameron Zimmerman had 53 yards and Wyatt Fink added 44. Hendricker caught two passes for 27 yards.
Panthers clamp down on Bobcats
The first quarter was a shootout between the Palmyra and Bowling Green football teams. Then the Panthers' defense found their groove.
After both teams combined for 34 points in the first 12 minutes, No. 9 Palmyra shut out Bowling Green over the final three quarters on the way to a 34-14 victory Friday night at the Palmyra Middle School Field.
Palmyra (2-0) held Bowling Green to just 107 yards of total offense and just 6 yards through the air. The Bobcats also struggled in the run game and averaged just 2.9 yards per attempt.
The Panthers racked up 449 yards of offense. Quarterback Corder Lehenbauer completed 8 of 14 passes for 156 yards and a touchdown, while running back Dakota Compton rushed for 113 yards and two touchdowns.
Compton's touchdowns were the first two scored by Palmyra, but Bowling Green answered with a touchdown run by Gavin Deters and another by Deonta Fleming to tie the game at 14. Lehenbauer's 17-yard touchdown run late in the first quarter made it 20-14.
The Bobcats never scored again. Brody Lehenbauer returned a fumble for a touchdown that made it 28-14 in the second quarter. In the fourth quarter, Corder Lehenbauer completed a 21-yard pass to Kaden Malone for the game's final score.
Cooper Hinkle had two catches for 83 yards for Palmyra, while Abe Haerr had four catches for 55 yards.
MONROE CITY, Mo.
Batsell helps seal Panthers' victory
The Monroe City football team's large lead had slowly evaporated. Then fullback Keenan Batsell offered some heroics.
Brookfield cut the deficit to 22-14 midway through the fourth quarter before Batsell ran the ball 12 times and churned out 64 yards and capped off the drive with a 3-yard touchdown run to seal Monroe City's 30-14 Clarence Cannon Conference victory Friday night at Lankford Field.
"Honest to goodness, I looked at the line and everyone in this place knew who was going to get it ... and Keenan said, ‘We're going,'" Monroe City coach David Kirby said. "The line gave us some great lead blocks, and when you perform, good things happen."
The game ended with an interception by Elmer Mendez-Martinez. Batsell finished with 116 yards on 24 carries.
It was the kind of response Kirby wanted to see after opening the season with a loss to Centralia.
"Practice this week was hard," Kirby said. "We worked on fundamentals. We had a grueling week of practice. We simply did not perform up to our capabilities last week. They stepped and played well tonight."
Indians narrowly fall to Panthers
The sixth-ranked Clark County football team suffered its first loss of the season on Friday with a narrow 14-12 loss to Centralia.
The Indians (1-1) led 6-0 after the first quarter but the Panthers (2-0) scored twice in the second and third quarters. Clark County got its second touchdown of the game in the fourth quarter but failed on the two-point conversion to tie the game.
Caleb Lapsley finished with 106 yards and a touchdown on 16 carries for the Indians, while quarterback Sam Wheeler was 6 for 13 through the air for 73 yards and a score.
Wildcats overwhelm Tigers early
It took until the second half for the Mark Twain football team's offense to get going. By then, it was too late.
Milan led 31-0 going into halftime before Avery Epperson scored a touchdown early in the third quarter. It wasn't enough as Mark Twain fell 52-20 Friday night.
Milan found its rhythm as it scored 21 points in the opening quarter. After Epperson's touchdown cut the deficit to 31-6, the Wildcats answered with two straight touchdowns before the Tigers' Logan Perrigo scored to make it 45-14 with 8:03 remaining in regulation.
Milan again answered with a touchdown before Lakoda Preston scored the game's final touchdown with 33 seconds on the clock.
Epperson led Mark Twain (1-1) with 97 yards on 18 carries, while Perrigo rushed for 73 yards on 18 carries.
Tigers hold off Cougars' rally
The Macon football team scored 32 points in the first half and held off a Highland rally, winning 46-36 Friday night in Clarence Cannon Conference action. The teams combined for 42 first downs and 869 total yards.
Highland quarterback Mallett completed 23 of 34 passes for 237 yards with wide receiver Justin Hawkins catching 12 passes for 113 yards. Robert Goehl rushed for 147 yards on 18 carries for the Cougars.
Quincy Notre Dame 21, Rock Island Alleman 17
11 First downs 7
32-135 Rushes-yards 34-179
117 Passing yards 100
252 Total yards 279
7-16-2 Comp-Att-Int 6-12-2
3-17 Penalties-yards 6-45
0-0 Fumbles-lost 0-0
Alleman 0 10 7 0--17
QND 0 7 7 7--21
Q--Johnny Ohnemus 66 run (Ethan Beroiza kick), 6:28
A--Nate Sheets 66 pass from Zach Carpita (Sean O'Hern kick), 4:29
A--O'Hern 28 FG, :32
A--Sheets 11 run (O'Hern kick), 5:18
Q--Grant Hyer 34 pass from Ike Wiley (Beroiza kick), 3:38
Q--Lake Bergman 2 run (Beroiza kick), 8:56
RUSHING--Alleman, Sheets 19-116, Carpita 10-14, Jake Mattecheck 2-4, Jack Patting 1-1. QND, Ohnemus 14-98, Jack Marth 8-55, Bergman 3-14, Ben Kasparie 1-6, Ryan Cafun 2-5, Wiley 6-1.
PASSING--Alleman, Carpita 7-16-2-117. QND, Wiley 6-12-2-100.
RECEIVING--Alleman, Sheets 2-68, Mattecheck 2-19, Patting 1-17, KJackson Marx 1-8, Caleb Harer 1-5. QND, Hyer 4-68, Marth 1-23, Josh Sheffield 1-9.
West Hancock 32, St. Louis Carnahan 6
21 First downs 10
330 Rushing yards 38
120 Passing yards 172
450 Total yards 210
3-9-0 Comp-Att-Int 11-23-1
13-96 Penalties-yards 9-61
West Hancock 12 14 0 6--32
Carnahan 0 0 0 6--6
WH--Drew Martens 13 run (run failed)
WH--Isaac Munson 1 run (run failed)
WH--Leighton Green 80 pass from Jared Little (run failed)
WH--Green 15 pass from Ja. Little (Josh Little run)
C--Jathen Jones 14 pass from Tarell Gray Jr. (run failed)
WH--Munson 15 run (run failed)
RUSHING--West Hancock, Munson 37-207, Martens 17-106, Jo. Little 4-20, Fortado 4-3, Ja. Little 2-(minus 6). Carnahan, Holmes 5-29, Holt 2-6, Bryant 3-2, Washington 1-1, Gray Jr. 1-0.
PASSING--West Hancock, Little 3-9-0-120. Carnahan, Gray Jr. 10-20-1-159, Holt 1-3-0-13.
RECEIVING--West Hancock, Green 2-95, Martens 1-25. Carnahan, Wallace 2-46, Jones 3-44, Bryant 4-41, Hudson 1-13.
Macon 46, Highland 36
20 First downs 22
26-202 Rushes-yards 33-186
242 Passing yards 250
446 Total yards 423
27-37-2 Comp-Att-Int 11-18-0
RUSHING--Highland, Robert Goehl 18-147, Drew Mallett 5-52, Justin Hawkins 2-7. Macon, Blake Claas 9-54, Dominick Mitchell 10-49, Chrisjen Riekeberg 3-41, Merrick Lambert 5-16, Garrett Blaise 2-7.
PASSING--Highland, Mallett 23-34-237-2. Macon, Claas 10-17-175-0.
RECEIVING--Highland, Hawkins 12-113, Blayde Meany 5-89, Braedyn Hetzler 2-20, Camerin Bringer 3-8, Brandon Holder 1-7, Goehl 3-5. Macon, Riekeberg 1-62, Blaise 3-53, Mykel Linear 1-26, Mitchell 1-5.