Leonard first QU player to earn All-American honor in D-II era
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Leonard first QU player to earn All-American honor in D-II era

QUINCY -- The nation's leading tackler deserved a spot on the American Football Coaches Association NCAA Division II All-American team. Quincy University senior linebacker Cody Leonard, who piled up 168 tackles in his record-setting season, was named...

Hannibal's Jones fills stat sheet in NCMC victory
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Hannibal's Jones fills stat sheet in NCMC victory

FULTON, Mo. -- Dezi Jones has had several remarkable scoring outbursts in becoming the all-time leading scorer in boys basketball at Hannibal. He may have had his best all-around game ever Tuesday night. Jones, who broke the school scoring record last week

State appears to be split on district football proposal
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State appears to be split on district football proposal

The implementation of geographic districts for Illinois prep football teams is one step from becoming part of the Illinois High School Association's constitution and by-laws. But it's a huge step. The IHSA's 818 member schools will have a two-week window starting Monday to vote on the proposal. The IHSA's eight-person football advisory committee supported it in May, and the 35-member legislative committee voted earlier this week to put it on the ballot for schools to decide. The final vote total will be announced on Dec. 18.

Powell playing sizable role in Stanford's strong finish
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Powell playing sizable role in Stanford's strong finish

Last Saturday was all about preparation, performance and persistence. When Dylan Powell has the chance to sit back and some perspective to what took place, he'll understand he lived a bucket list moment. The Hannibal, Mo., native started at right guard...

Schools to vote on football districts in Illinois
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Schools to vote on football districts in Illinois

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. -- The member schools in the Illinois High School Association will vote next month on a proposal that could bring about the biggest change to the prep football landscape since the current playoff format was adopted in 1974. The IHSA's Leg

Hawks make changes within football coaching staff
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Hawks make changes within football coaching staff

QUINCY -- Quincy University football coach Gary Bass saw progress in a myriad of ways this fall, but one nagging problem continued to plague the Hawks. They were too inefficient on offense. He hopes a coaching change will help rectify that.

Dominant from the Start: Forreston runs over Central on way to state championship
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Dominant from the Start: Forreston runs over Central on way to state championship

It only took the opening series for the Central football team to realize Forreston's physicality. The Panthers never matched it. Forreston churned out more than 400 yards on the ground on the way to handing Central its worst loss of the season in a 44-6 victory in Friday's Class 1A state championship game at Memorial Stadium. The Cardinals captured their third state championship in five seasons after winning titles in 2014 and 2016. The second-place trophy is the best for any Central team in any sport in school history.

Jones' arm makes Central's Wing-T more dangerous
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Jones' arm makes Central's Wing-T more dangerous

The typical duties of a quarterback in a Wing-T offense are pretty simple. He hands off to one back and fakes to the others. However, that's not an accurate description of Eric Jones. The senior quarterback for the Central football team

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State championship preview: Central vs. Forreston

Central vs. Forreston What: Class 1A state championship game When: 10 a.m. Friday Where: Memorial Stadium, Champaign, Ill. TV: NBC Sports Chicago; IHSA.tv live stream ($9.95 fee) Records: Central 12-1 (4-1 Western Illinois Valley Conference North Division

Pirates unable to finish last-ditch rally in state quarterfinal loss
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Pirates unable to finish last-ditch rally in state quarterfinal loss

Hannibal football coach Mark St. Clair believed there was enough time remaining for either Dezi Jones or Danny Colborn to make the catch and get to the ground in order to call a timeout to set up one final play.