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Friday Night EXTRA

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Week 8 | October 19, 2013

THAT’S A WRAP Sterling wins final meeting with rival Dukes 48-21.

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commentary | from the sideline

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TERLING – I could’ve written a column in advance, discussing how much I don’t like teams leaving conferences. But I don’t like writing these in advance, even if refusing to do so makes beating deadline a grand feat every Friday. That, and I wanted to toe the water Friday, seeing if any of the kids would give me some golden anecdote about growing up around the Sterling-Dixon rivalry. Not really. The closest one was Dixon junior Cody Mighell. “I think we’ll miss it a lot‌114 years‌that’s a lot,â€? he said. “The fact that we can never play them again? It kind of sucks.â€? Well put. What about you Sterling guys? I know you’re going to run into the Dixon guys again. After all, you’re about 10 miles apart, making for a phenomenal rivalry. I bet you’re even buds with them. Heck, you might cheer for them now that you don’t share a conference, yes? “Eh‌we’ll see,â€? senior Bryant Lilly said. “I wouldn’t say that,â€? senior Logan Wharff offered.

christopher HEIMERMAN Assistant sports editor. He can be reached at cheimerman@ saukvalley. com or 800-798-4085, ext. 552.

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Sterling’s Logan Wharff returns an interception for a touchdown Friday night against Dixon at Roscoe Eades Stadium. Sterling won the game 48-21. Read more about the game on FB7. The best thing I came up with was running into Sterling AD Greg King on my way out. He assured me that he’s going to do all he can to set up another encounter. Good. Because I think it stinks, and I’m going to do this quick. It stinks because the difference in enrollment is negligible. And Dixon isn’t going to save a mint in travel.

Most of all, it stinks because it feels like nothing stays the same. Tradition falls a distant second – third, really – to success and perceived financial savings. It’s bad enough that college conferences morph every year. You’d think pressure from the communities, which should want continuity, would salvage a high school rivalry.

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There. Done. Now let’s talk about Logan Wharff and his football acumen. I’m not necessarily talking about Xs and Os, but his understanding of what he means to his team. He feels like a jerk for missing a few games for doing something silly. “That’s one of the worst things, is to sit there and feel helpless, watching your team lose and not play as good,� he said. “It was just such a great thing to be back with my best buds.� And he paid them mondo credit Friday, gushing about his blockers who allowed him to break into space and bust out some serious videogame moves in space. “I’m pretty good at

seeing things before I do it and setting up defenders like that,� Wharff said. “But that isn’t just all on me. I don’t block all those guys. A lot of that is on the front five.� Then he raved about Sterling Thornton’s varsity coming-out party. “I don’t want to say I’m not impressed, but that’s just Sterling,� Wharff said. “He does it all the time in sophomore games. He’s a shifty guy, he’s already a great quarterback, and he’s going to get better and better every single year and every single play. He’s very talented, and the way he can move his hips? He’s a great player.� And he gave all the credit to the pass rush for his pick-six late. I recommend the porterhouse, Mr. Wharff. “Definitely,� he said. “[Rafael] Escalante came off the edge, and he and [Joe] Brouillette were all over him. I just jumped it.� Similarly, Mighell understands how a football team’s proverbial engine runs. Sterling’s blitz packages were phenomenal, and JD Gieson’s alreadymiserable night would’ve

been a nightmare if it wasn’t for his fullback picking off comers like his QB’s life depended on it. Who knows, maybe it did. “I take a lot of pride in blitz pickups, especially with guys coming from the outside, because the linemen focus on the inside,� Mighell said. “I have to read side to side and decide who’s the fastest and who’s going to get through. It’s rough.� Kudos to you, young man. “As long as we’re moving the ball, I’m happy,� Mighell said. That’s better yet. “I’ll just miss coming out here and hearing that Sterling’s supposed to win and we’re the underdogs,� Mighell said. “Tonight, we could’ve beat them, but mistakes happen.� Now, where did that come from? Sure, Mighell said it, but now I’m just emptying my recorder out of order. I wish I could find out if Mighell and the rest of the Dixon juniors could break that nasty 13-game losing streak to Sterling next year. Here we are again. I think it stinks that we won’t know.

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OREGON – Considering the way Oregon’s smallish line pushed Mendota around, it seemed only appropriate that proceeds from the 50-50 drawing went to the school’s strength and conditioning program. The Hawks overcame a major size disadvantage and kept their playoffs hopes alive with a 35-20 Big Northern West victory over Mendota. “I was impressed with our intensity,” Oregon coach John Bothe said. “The kids understood what this game meant.” “What happened at the line of scrimmage surprised the heck out of me,” Mendota coach Brock Sondgeroth said. What happened was Oregon (4-4, 2-3) controlling the ball for 17 minutes of the first half and rushing for 249 yards. The Hawks jumped out to a 21-0 second-quarter lead before Mendota scored on a 39-yard pass with 16 seconds left in the half. “We know we’ll be the smallest team on the field every night,” said Pierce Dhaese, a two-way starter at end. “The coaches tell us the only

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Oregon’s Adam Bettner tackles Mendota’s Jared Fritz during Friday’s game at Landers-Loomis Field. Oregon won 35-20. size that matters is in your heart,” Hawk nose guard Jake Diehl said. Dhaese and Diehl came up with big plays on defense to stop Mendota’s passing game. With the Hawks up 14-0 in the second quarter, Dhaese intercepted Jake Buchanon in the end zone to stop a potential scoring drive. Diehl, a 175-pound nose guard

playing against a 250-pound center, had consecutive sacks of Buchanon in the second half to help Oregon maintain its 21-7 lead. Ryan Miller made it three sacks in a row, as Mendota (3-5, 1-3) failed on a desperation fourth-down attempt. “Credit to coach [Steve] Rhoads,” Diehl said. “He stresses pushing your lineman

downfield and flying back when the quarterback is scrambling.” “We were flying all over the place,” Dhaese said. With seven quarterback sacks, Oregon had its best pass-rush game since the Tim Smith breakout game against RichmondBurton the first week of 2011. “They had pressure on us. We couldn’t get any protection,”

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said Sondgeroth, who starts four 250-pound offensive linemen. With five different backs scoring, Oregon increased its lead to 35-7 midway through the fourth quarter. Ashton Rutherford, returning to action after an ankle sprain 3 weeks ago, capped off an 80-yard drive with a 27-yard touchdown run for the first score. After forcing a three-and-out, the Hawks went 75 yards, with Garrett Rude adding the second touchdown on a 14-yard run. Dhaese’s interception set up another 80-yard drive. Nick Newman, the game’s leading rusher with 131 yards, added the touchdown. “I don’t think [Mendota] expected the way we controlled the game,” Bothe said. Fullback Sawyer Reynolds and quarterback Tyler Blume added scores in the second half for an Oregon team that threw one pass all night. “They don’t run many plays, but the ones they do, they execute so well,” Sondgeroth said. Speedy Wyatt Martinson came in averaging 164 yards rushing a game, but was held to 44 yards by the stingy Hawk defense.

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MORRISON – The Morrison Mustangs’ game plan Friday night against Erie-Prophetstown was simple: Stop the area’s leading rusher, Panther fullback Nick Williams, from running roughshod at Bud Cole Field. That was just fine with Chris Bauer and the rest of the Panthers. Bauer scored five touchdowns – three on the ground, two through the air – to lead EP to a 47-6 victory, securing a playoff berth with its sixth win. “We figured their defense was going to key on Nick, really try to stop him, and that opened things up for the rest of us,” said Bauer, who had 69 yards rushing and 80 yards receiving. “We took advantage of the opportunity tonight, and we have so much confidence now that we know we’re finally officially in the playoffs.” For the record, Morrison (2-6, 1-4 Three Rivers North) held Williams to 155 yards – 62 fewer than his per-game average – and a single touchdown. Quarterback Ethan Howard helped

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Erie-Prophetstown’s Chris Bauer breaks a tackle attempt by Morrison’s Kolin Burn during Friday’s game Bud Cole Field. The Panthers won 47-6. Bauer pick up the slack, though, running for 82 yards and a score and connecting with Bauer for 80 yards on a pair of scoring plays. “It’s unbelievable to talk about a guy having 155 yards and saying it’s a below-average game,” EP coach Chuck Milem said, “because most backs would be jumping for joy. I thought Morrison had a very good game plan

on defense, and they executed it pretty well ... but Chris, who’s kind of the overlooked, underestimated guy in the backfield, really stepped up for us today.” Morrison had two possessions before the Panthers (6-2, 5-1) mounted their first drive, but one was a three-and-out and the other resulted in a turnover on downs. EP then set the tone with a methodical, physi-

cal eight-play drive covering 80 yards – 68 from Williams – who capped it with a 25-yard scoring run. The Panthers overcame two penalties on the drive, in a glimpse of things to come; the teams combined for 14 penalties covering 137 yards. After a Mustang fumble, Howard hooked up with Bauer on a 24-yard scoring strike on third-and-5. The teams traded punts, then the Panther defense forced another Morrison punt to set up a short field. Howard ran in from 3 yards out for an 18-0 lead, then Bauer sprinted for 14 yards for a score after a Mustang threeand-out. Howard’s 56-yard TD pass to Bauer capped the first half, giving the Panthers an insurmountable 32-0 lead at the break. “If you don’t stop the fullback in their option offense, you’re going to have a long night,” Morrison coach Cory Bielema said. “We showed glimpses of executing our game plan, but it wasn’t consistent, and it showed, and EP did a great job of exploiting the other areas.” After a first half that saw

Morrison pass for 16 yards and rush for minus-13, the second half was much better. The Mustangs scored on their opening possession after forcing an EP three-and-out. Austin Shoup went in from 14 yards untouched right up the middle, and the Mustangs finished with 104 of their 107 total yards after the break. “It feels a lot better that we got something going in the second half,” said Shoup, who led Morrison with 41 rushing yards. “We felt that a 1- or 2-yard gain by Williams was almost like a tackle for loss most weeks, and I’m proud of the way we played defensively against a great runner.” Bauer answered with a pair of TD runs, one from 9 yards out late in the third quarter, and the other from 5 yards out midway through the fourth to kick-start the continuous clock for the final 6:39. The Panthers had 20 first downs to the Mustangs’ eight, while outrushing them 302-56 and outpassing them 80-51. EP lost two of its four fumbles and threw an interception, while Morrison lost all three of its fumbles.


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FULTON – A few weeks ago, Fulton was 1-4 and one loss away from being eliminated from playoff contention. The Steamers haven’t lost since and are now one win away from earning playoff eligibility after their 37-13 romp over the Amboy Clippers on Friday night. “We had a couple things that knocked us backward this season,” said Steamers senior receiver/defensive back Bryce Holesinger, who had two interceptions Friday. “The fact that we regrouped, that should say something right there. We’re not going to give up without a fight.” Fulton (4-4, 2-3) grabbed a quick 14-0 lead and controlled the game throughout in earning its first win over Amboy since 2001. Now, the Steamers are after their first playoff berth since 2007. Holesinger intercepted Clippers quarterback Liam Ohlendorf on the game’s opening possession. Fulton took over at its own 47. Six plays later, Steamers quar-

Star of the game: Ethan Jones, Fulton, 82 passing yards, 81 rushing yards

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Fulton’s Devin Kuehl runs the ball while Amboy’s Caleb Morris defends during Friday’s game in Fulton. The Steamers remained playoff eligible with a 37-13 win. terback Ethan Jones (82 passing yards, 81 rushing yards) hit Jason Osborn for a 22-yard touchdown, with Osborn making a nice run after the catch as the Steamers led 7-0 with 4:33 left in the first quarter. Amboy mishandled a squibkick on the ensuing kickoff, and Fulton recovered the ball at the Clippers’ 31. Devin Kuehl’s 16-yard run set up a

4-yard touchdown run by Austin Regenwether (21 carries, 76 yards), and it was 14-0 with 2:10 left in the opening quarter. The Clippers (2-6, 2-3) drove 54 yards to end the first quarter and start the second, scoring their only touchdown until the final seconds on Ohlendorf’s 8-yard touchdown toss to Damon Quest on fourth-and-7, making it 14-6 with 10:01 left in the first half.

Fulton answered with a 64-yard scoring march, highlighted by Jones’ 49-yard run and capped by another Jonesto-Osborn connection, this one from 5 yards out, putting the Steamers up 21-6 with 7:48 remaining in the second quarter. “It feels good to be the go-to guy at receiver,” said Osborn, who had four catches for 46

yards. “But, I could never do it without the line stepping up and the quarterback throwing good passes, and the running backs selling the play-action. It all has to come together.” The Steamers put the game away with a 16-point third quarter. Regenwether had a 16-yard TD run after a 36-yard pass from Jones to Kegan North. Kuehl intercepted an Ohlendorf pass that Regenwether tipped, setting up a 5-yard touchdown by Regenwether, his third. A botched Amboy punt resulted in Clippers punter Canaan Ross falling on the ball in his own end zone to make it 37-6 with 2:09 left in the third quarter. Amboy’s Caleb Morris had a 1-yard TD run with 5.5 seconds to play. “I played as a sophomore on the varsity, and we didn’t make the playoffs,” Clippers senior lineman Garrett Liebing said. “As we lost more games, heads got down. I see the same thing this year. It takes a toll.”

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STERLING – In the final installment of Sterling-Dixon football for the foreseeable future, the Dukes made Sterling’s biggest weapon, Logan Wharff, a nonfactor in the passing game. Unfortunately for the Big Northern West-bound Dukes, the Sterling senior put his stamp on Friday’s Northern Illinois Big 12 West clash in a variety of other ways. His two rushing scores staked Sterling to a lead, and his picksix all but put the game on ice, as his Warriors pulled away for a 48-21 victory. Sterling (4-4, 2-2 NIB-12 West), needing to win Friday and next week in Ottawa, jumped out to a 14-0 lead in less than half a quarter. After a Dixon (2-6, 1-3) threeand-out, Wharff lined up in the Wildcat and rushed right for 9 yards, then ran its mirror image left, only he went 52 yards untouched to pay dirt. That opened an eight-carry, 135-yard performance. From the punt formation, Dixon quarterback JD Gieson – also the Dukes’ punter – threw

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Dixon’s JD Gieson breaks up a pass Friday against Sterling at Roscoe Eades Stadium. The Warriors pulled away in the second half for a 48-21 win. a pick in Sterling territory. Draque Penaflor-Heier took advantage, running 50 yards off tackle right, setting up his own 1-yard plunge on third-andgoal with 7:15 left in the first. Tony Diaz added the second of six straight points after. But the Dukes responded with a 12-play, 71-yard touchdown drive. After showing some guts in scrambling 7 yards to convert

a fourth-and-7 from the Sterling 40, Gieson scrambled right on the next play and found Matt Coffey all alone downfield. That is, aside from teammate Quinton Douglas. Coffey caught the ball and pinballed off Douglas and into the end zone. Two drives later, Cody Mighell scored the first of his two 1-yard touchdowns but missed the point after, leading to a 14-13

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Sterling edge at the break. Matt Coffey, who caught five balls for 55 yards, caught a screen along the left sideline and was immediately wrapped up by Wharff. Realizing the officials weren’t going to whistle the play in the grasp, Wharff stripped the ball and recovered it, setting up the first of consecutive touchdown runs by Sterling Thornton. The first was from 3 yards, the next from 36 and coming right after the plucky sophomore put a deep ball right in Jacob Kirchhoff’s hip pocket down the left sideline. Thornton – and incumbent starter Bryant Lilly – found out Monday that the youngster would get the bulk of the snaps at QB, while Lilly would predominantly play fullback. “We’ve got two quarterbacks who can do great things,” Lilly said. “We can both run – he’s faster – and we can both throw.” “Oh yeah. I had a lot of nerves,” Thornton said. “But when I got laid out at the 10-yard line on my first drive, everything went away. I felt pretty good.” What felt better yet was handing the ball to Wharff on a jet sweep left on the first drive of

the fourth quarter, then watching the senior go all video game on the secondary. He juked Douglas at the Dixon 40, cutting toward the middle of the field. When Coffey tried to size him up, Wharff juked again, leaving the safety grabbing air as Wharff scooted to the end zone for a 35-21 lead. “That’s just instinct,” Wharff said. “My ability helps me out a little bit. But that front five? That space wouldn’t have been cleared out without them.” With Dixon driving deep in Sterling territory, a heavy rush helped Wharff put the game on ice. Rafael Escalante and Joe Brouillette converged on Gieson, forcing him to throw the ball right early. Wharff jumped it and went 80 yards untouched. Gieson was 13-for-26 for 202 yards, but threw three picks. Mighell had another 1-yard TD plunge midway through the third, and Douglas caught five passes for 95 yards. “We were all pumped and wanted to go out with a win against our biggest rival,” Mighell said. “But mistakes were made. You can’t blame anyone. We’ve just got to come back strong next week.”

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BURLINGTON – Rock Falls needed one defensive stand and one lucky bounce to possibly pull out a win against Big Northern crossover opponent Burlington Central on Friday. It got neither. The Rockets hung tough for most of the game before faltering late in a 41-28 loss to Central. Rock Falls (1-7) and Burlington Central (3-5) each scored four touchdowns through the first 37 minutes of play, but Central held a 28-24 lead on the strength of four conversion kicks from Casey Matthews. Rock Falls, meanwhile, was 0-for-4, failing on two kicks, a pass and a run. After a 25-yard touchdown pass from Jacob Mammosser to Cory McCallister brought Rock Falls to within 28-24 with 11:38 left in the fourth quarter, Central

Star of the game: Reilly Marino, Burlington Central, 35 carries, 179 yards, TD Key performers: Austin Donoho, Rock Falls, 12 catches, 143 yards, TD; Jacob Mammosser, Rock Falls, 310 yards passing Up next: Oregon at Rock Falls, 7:15 Friday embarked on a 15-play, 75-yard march that culminated with a 1-yard plunge by reserve running back Jeremy Esin. Backfield mate Reilly Marino carried 10 times on the drive for 48 yards. He finished the night with 35 carries for 179 yards and one touchdown. “If I get the ball, I’m going to use what I’ve got and produce for my team,” Marino said. Rock Falls, now down 35-24, did its best to respond. The Rockets went from their own 42 to the Central 4 in just five plays. On a first-and-

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goal from the 4, however, Mammosser’s pass intended for Daegan Wharff ricocheted off a Central helmet and into the arms of BC defensive back Adam Skirmont for a touchback. On the next Rock Falls possession, Mammosser had a pass picked off by Central’s Jonathan Frederickson and returned 45 yards for a touchdown. Mammosser completed 23 of 45 passes for 310 yards, including TD passes of 25 and 8 yards to McCallister and 14 yards to Austin Donoho. Mammosser also ran for a TD. The top target was Donoho, who hauled in 12 passes for 143 yards.

“I think we could have played better in every aspect,” Donoho s a i d . “You’ve Dustin got to try Huycke Rock Falls for perfecsenior tion, and we didn’t get it done tonight.” Rock Falls did have some bright spots. The passing game clicked for 310 yards; Donoho and Dustin Huycke made interceptions to halt Central drives in the first half; and the Rockets converted seven fourth-down chances. “The kids played their butts off tonight,” Rock Falls coach Scott Berge said. “We asked for 48 minutes of football, and they gave us 48 minutes of everything they had. We were down to about 14, 15 guys by the end of the game. We got everything out of everybody. As a coach, I couldn’t be prouder of them.”

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Terry White stole the show in Port Byron on Friday night, running for five touchdowns as the Riverdale Rams upset the Bureau Valley Storm 48-36 for their first win of the season. The Storm (3-5, 2-3 Three Rivers North), who saw their playoff hopes dashed with the loss, led 14-8 after a pair of Tommy Johnston touchdown runs in the first quarter. But White had the answer for the Rams (1-7, 1-4), He scored three second-quarter TDs, then after Johnston scored again to get BV within 26-20 by halftime, White scampered in from 48 yards to push the margin back to 34-20. Parker Neuhalfen then got into the act for the Storm, scoring on runs of 64 and 55 yards. But the Storm missed a PAT kick and a PAT run, and trailed

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the Rams 34-32 heading into the fourth quarter. After Nate Rocker’s second TD of the night stretched Riverdale’s lead to 40-32, Neuhalfen hit Blake Balensiefen on a 27-yard scoring strike. But the PAT run failed again, and the Storm still trailed by two with 6:02 to play. White’s fifth TD run of the night, this one from 17 yards, iced the Riverdale victory with 1:28 to play. Bureau Valley will miss the playoffs for the third consecutive season after being a state power during the last decade.

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The Milledgeville Missiles were blitzed in the first quarter and never recovered Friday night against East Dubuque, as the Warriors won the NUIC Upstate matchup 52-21 at Floyd Daub Field. Kameron DawTyne marked his return from a Week 2 leg injury with a touchdown run and pass, and finished with 75 yards on the ground and 30 through Daniel the air for the Walker Milledgeville Missiles (2-6, 2-5). senior Blake Kappes caught the touchdown pass, and Daniel Walker added 120 rushing yards and a second-quarter score. Walker also led the defense with 12 tackles, including 10 solo stops. Devin Biller had nine tackles, including six solo. DawTyne, a senior, split time at quarterback with Jordan Harris, who threw



Star of the game: Alec Monahan, East Dubuque, 156 rushing yards, 2 TDs Key performers: Daniel Walker, Milledgeville, 120 yard rushing, TD, 12 tackles (10 solo); Aaron Frost, East Dubuque, receiving TD, rushing TD Up next: Milledgeville at AFC, 7:30 p.m. Friday for 13 yards and ran for 13 more. Alec Monahan rushed for 156 yards and both of his touchdowns in the first period, which ended with the Warriors leading 26-0. Aaron Frost caught a TD pass from Jared Crenshaw and ran for another score, both in the first half, as East Dubuque (6-2, 5-2) led 40-6 at the break. Frost ran for 80 yards and caught the TD pass for 25, while Michael Turner added 72 rushing yards and a pair of second-half scores. Kyle Schultz chipped in 60 yards and a TD on the ground, and also returned an interception 45 yards for a score.



SHERRARD – Newman could have beaten Sherrard without working too hard. The Comets came out of halftime with renewed urgency and showed the kind of play that will make them contenders once the state playoffs start in 2 weeks. Newman beat Sherrard 49-6, scoring three touchdowns in the opening 9 minJake utes of the second Snow Newman half. The Blue Machine senior forced four Sherrard (3-5) turnovers, and amassed 321 yards on the ground to pound home the running-clock win. Jake Snow rushed for 142 yards and scored three times, Elliot while Elliot Jen Jensen Newman sen scored a pair of touchdowns and senior also hauled in an interception. Jensen’s interception set up his touchdown, the first of the game and the only score in the first quarter.

Star of the game: Jake Snow, Newman, 142 yards rushing, 3 TDs Key performers: Elliot Jensen, Newman, 2 TDs, interception Up next: Newman at Amboy, 7:30 p.m. Friday

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Newman coach Mike Pappocia

Snow scored to open the second quarter, and Jensen’s touchdown midway through the frame gave Newman (7-1) a 21-0 lead and enough breathing room to take it easy. Only a minute later, though, Sherrard’s Jake Kissner rumbled 59 yards for a touchdown. That woke up Newman and, six plays later, they were back on the scoreboard with Snow’s second touchdown, a 7-yard run. Snow added another 7-yarder a couple of minutes into the second half. Quarterback AJ Sharp fell forward from the 1, and Dillan Heffelfinger scored from the 4 for the last two scores of the game. Defensively, it was Trevor Bolin who made the biggest splash,

though, as he recovered a pair of forced fumbles and also picked off a Clayton Bjustrom pass. “We were practicing dropping back on defense and were playing a lot of 7-on-7 this week to be prepared,� Bolin said. “When you play hard and do what you’re told to do, good things happen.� A lot of good things happened Friday, especially in the second half, as what had been a ho-hum kind of game for Newman turned into a blowout. “We looked kind of flat until we came out in the second half,� Newman coach Mike Pappocia said. “[The second half], that’s what we’re capable of. “I think in the first half, the kids just thought, ‘This one is over,’ but we can’t play like that.� On the four Tiger possessions in the second half, Newman got the Bolin pick down to Sherrard’s 4, forced a four-and-out, caused a fumble, and stopped Sherrard inside the Comets’ 10 as the clock ticked to zero. “We’re rolling pretty good right now,� Pappocia said. The Comets have won seven straight games since losing to Rockridge in Week 1, and are setting things up for a long November run.

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Polo kept its playoff hopes alive with a 30-3 NUIC Upstate win over River Ridge on Friday in Hanover. The Marcos (4-4, 4-3) piled up 257 rushing yards and outgained River Ridge (4-4, 4-3) 325-87. Brooks Grobe took the opening kickoff back for an 86-yard TD. He added a 2-yard TD run. Brian Cavanaugh had a 13-yard TD catch, and Kevin Cheesman had a 13-yard TD run for the Marcos, who overcame six lost fumbles.

Eastland-Pearl City 33, South Beloit 13:

The state-ranked Wildcatz (8-0, 6-0) continued their assault on the NUIC Northwest, thumping the Sobos (2-6, 1-5) in Pearl City. Warren 39, AFC 14:

The Raiders led 14-13 in the second quarter before succumbing at Warren. Kevin Chapman car-

ried a whopping 43 times for 149 yards for AFC (1-7, 1-6 NUIC Upstate). He had a 1-yard TD run. Teammate David Zinke had an 18-yard TD run.

Galena 47, West Carroll 20: Shaun Magill ran

for 88 yards and threw for 84 more, but it wasn’t enough to lift the Thunder to an NUIC Northwest win in Savanna. Magill accounted for all three West Carroll touchdowns, two on passes to Marshall Benters and Trevor Jones, and the other on a 3-yard run. Brandon Sturtevant added 98 yards on the ground for the Thunder (2-6, 1-5). Bruce Scharpf ran for 169 yards and three touchdowns, and also returned an interception 59 yards for a score as the Pirates (6-2, 5-2) secured a playoff berth. Galena led 27-8 at halftime and never looked back.

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Ashton Rutherford makes a move in traffic during the first quarter to evade Mendota defenders on his way to scoring the first Hawks touchdown at Landers-Loomis Field. Oregon won 35-20.



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Numbers game: Friday night boxscores at Sterling Chevrolet Field at Roscoe Eades Stadium, Sterling

STERLING 48, DIXON 21 D S 15 16 298 375 39-96 46-301 202 74 14-28-3 4-13-0 2-2 2-1 8-45 3-35 4-38.0 5-30.2 2/15 4/15 3/7 1/3 7 6 8 0 – 21 14 0 14 20 – 48 First quarter S – Logan Wharff 52 run (Tony Diaz kick) 9:58 S – Draque Penaflor-Heier (Diaz kick) 7:15 D – Matt Coffey 38 pass from JD Gieson (Cody Mighell kick) 1:03 Second quarter D – Mighell 1 run (kick failed) 6:36 Third quarter S – Sterling Thorton 3 run (Diaz kick) 9:51 S – Thornton 36 run (Diaz kick) 7:07 D – Mighell 1 run (Ryan Webb pass from Gieson) 2:56 Fourth quarter S – Wharff 60 run (Diaz kick) 11:07 S – Wharff 80 interception return (Diaz kick) 5:08 S – Penaflor-Heier 22 run (kick failed) 2:37 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS Rushing – Dixon: Mighell 21-77, Quinton Douglas 4-12, Dane Schielein 2-5, Gieson 11-1, Coffey 1-1; Sterling: Wharff 8-135, Penaflor-Heier 9-86, Thornton 14-73, Bryant Lilly 10-24, Rafael Escalante 1-(minus-5), Brandon Dennis 4-(minus-12) Passing – Dixon: JD Gieson 14-28-3 202; Sterling: Thornton 3-12-0 60, Lilly 1-1-0 14. Receiving – Dixon: Douglas 5-95, Coffey 5-55, Ryan Webb 2-37, Kyle LeBlanc 1-16; Sterling: Jacob Kirchhoff 1-32, Lilly 1-25, Escalante 1-14, Wharff 1-3 Records: Dixon 2-6, 1-3 NIB-12 West; Sterling 4-4, 2-2.

First downs Total yards Rushes-yards Passing yards Passing (C-A-I) Fumbles-lost Penalties-yards Punts-average 3rd conv. 4th conv. Dixon Sterling

at Rocket Hill, Burlington

BURLINGTON CENTRAL 41, ROCK FALLS 24 RF BC 24 23 408 382 31-97 49-280 310 102 23-45-3 9-18-2 2-1 2-0 8-65 11-105 0-0 1-42 6 6 6 6 — 24 14 7 7 13 — 41 First quarter BC – Casey Matthews 46 run (Matthews kick) 11:22 BC – Matthews 10 pass from Parth Patel (Matthews kick) 7:07 RF – Cory McCallister 8 pass from Jacob Mammosser (kick failed) 5:33

First downs Total yards Rushes-yards Passing yards Passing (C-A-I) Fumbles-lost Penalties-yards Punts-ave. Rock Falls Burlington

Second quarter RF – Mammosser 7 run (pass failed) 11:54 BC – Kyle Coffland 15 pass from Matthews (Matthews kick) 7:59 Third quarter RF – Austin Donoho 14 pass from Mammosser (kick failed) 9:14 BC – Reilly Marino 7 run (Matthews kick) 1:13 Fourth quarter RF – McCallister 25 pass from Mammosser (run failed) 11:38 BC – Jeremy Esin 1 run (Matthews kick) 3:51 BC – Jonathan Frederickson 45 interception return (kick failed) 1:02 Individual statistics RUSHING: Rock Falls – Brendon LeBarron 17-60, Mammosser 14-37. Central – Marino 35-179, Matthews 9-64, Trevor Davison 3-32, Patel 1-4, Esin 1-1. PASSING: Rock Falls – Mammosser 23-453, 310 yards. Central – Matthews 8-13-1, 102 yards; Patel 1-5-1, 10 yards. RECEIVING: Rock Falls – Donoho 12-143, McCallister 4-53, Daegan Wharff 4-45, Tanner Mortonson 2-22, Connor Cain 1-47. Central – Ian Napiorkowski 3-34, Davison 3-31, Coffland 2-27, Matthews 1-10. Records: Rock Falls 1-7, Central 3-5 at Lander-Loomis Field, Oregon

OREGON 35, MENDOTA 20 M O First downs 14 25 Total yards 247 382 Rushing yards 247 361 Passing (C-A-I) 13-25-1 1-1-0 Passing yards 175 21 Fumbles-lost 0-0 2-1 Penalties-yards 3-20 1-15 Punts-average 3-39 2-38.5 Mendota 0 7 0 13 — 20 Oregon 14 7 0 14 — 35 First quarter O – 27 yard run by Ashton Rutherford (Sawyer Reynolds kick) 4:46 O – 14 yard run by Garret Rude (Reynolds kick) 0:09 Second quarter O – 5 yard run by Nick Newman (Reynolds kick) 1:08 M – James Carroll 39 yard pass from Jake Buchanon (Ryan Reeder kick) 0:16 Fourth quarter O – 8 yards by Reynolds (Reynolds kick) 7:42 O – 5 yard run by Tyler Blume (Reynolds kick) 4:26 M – Reeder 8 yard passa from Carroll (kick failed) 3:25 M – 1 yard run by Carroll (Joey Megel kick) 0:00 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS RUSHING – Oregon: Newman 15-131, Rude 13-74, Rutherford 9-65. Mendota: Wyatt Marinson 10-52, Jimmy Bruno 5-10. PASSING – Oregon: Blume 1-1-0, 21 yards. Mendota: Buchanon 7-11-0, 94 yards, Carroll 6-12-1, 84 yards. RECEIVING – Mendota: Reeder 7-100

at Sherrard

NEWMAN 49, SHERRARD 6 N S 23 12 49-321 25-128 38 143 359 271 2-5-0 13-26-2 0-0.0 2-32.0 2-10 3-25 3-1 5-3 7 21 21 0 – 49 0 6 0 0 – 6 First quarter N – Elliot Jensen 12 run (Brandon Ahlgrim kick), 9:55 Second quarter N – Jake Snow 14 run (Ahlgrim kick, 10:52 N – Jensen 9 run (Ahlgrim kick), 6:51 S – Jake Kissner 59 run (pass failed), 5:28 N – Snow 7 run (Ahlgrim kick), 2:43 Third quarter N – Snow 7 run (Ahlgrim kick), 10:02 N – AJ Sharp 1 run (Ahlgrim kick), 8:28 N – Dillan Heffelfinger 4 run (Ahlgrim kick), 3:25 Individual Statistics Rushing – Newman: Jake Snow 15-142, Elliot Jensen 8-54, Brady Rude 13-91, AJ Sharp 3-(-3), Dillan Heffelfinger 3-17, Mike Ely 2-0, Mac Olson 3-10, Nolan McGinn 2-10. Sherrard: Dwight Swartz 9-26, Jake Kissner 9-98, Jacob Gross 1-(-2), Nathan Kelly 6-6. Passing – Newman: Sharp 2-5-38-0. Sherrard: Clayton Bjustrom 13-26-143-2. Receiving – Newman: Shayne Allen 1-20, Bryce Ivey 1-18; Sherrard Lucas Boraas 3-43, Logan Larson 3-20, Jake Kissner 2-38, Blake Lampo 2-13, Dylan Kolenda 1-7, Jacob Gross 1-9, Dwight Swartz 1-13.

First downs Rushes-yds Passing yds Total yds Passing C-A-I Punts Penalties Fumbles-lost Newman Sherrard

at Fulton

FULTON 37, AMBOY 13 First downs Total yards Rushes-yards Passing (C-A-I) Passing yards Fumbles-lost Penalties-yards Amboy Fulton

A 14 211 40-125 5-12-3 86 1-0 2-10 0 6 0 14 7 16

F 17 278 41-196 5-8-0 82 2-0 6-32 7 – 13 0 – 37

First quarter F – Jason Osborn 22 pass from Ethan Jones (Paul Velasco kick), 4:33 F – Austin Regenwether 4 run (Velasco kick), 2:10 Second quarter A – Damon Quest 8 pass from Liam Ohlendorf (kick failed), 10:01 F – Osborn 6 pass from Jones (Velasco kick), 7:48 Third quarter F – Regenwether 16 run (Velasco kick), 9:02 F – Regenwether 5 run (Velasco kick), 3:49 F – Safety, Amboy punter Canaan Ross recovered snap in end zone, 2:09 Fourth quarter A – Caleb Morris 1 run (Alexis Gutierrez kick), :05.5

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS RUSHING – Amboy: Chris Jones 7-37, Jason Bontz 14-31, Morris 5-24, Jason Benhoff 5-23, Ohlendorf 8-7, Quest 1-3. Fulton: Jones 10-81, Regenwether 21-76, Devin Kuehl 8-37, Tristan Smith 2-2. PASSING – Amboy: Ohlendorf 5-12-3-86. Fulton: Jones 5-8-0-82. RECEIVING – Amboy: Quest 3-69, Ryan Leffelman 1-16, Bontz 1-1. Fulton: Osborn 4-46, Kegan North 1-36. Records: Amboy 2-6, 2-3 Three Rivers North; Fulton 4-4, 2-3

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ERIE-PROPHETSTOWN 47, MORRISON 6 EP M 20 8 382 107 47-302 35-56 80 51 2-4-1 3-12-0 4-2 3-3 9-83 5-54 2-29.0 5-29.6 12 20 8 7 — 47 0 0 6 0 —6 First quarter EP – Nick Williams 25 run (run failed), 6:08 EP – Chris Bauer 24 pass from Ethan Howard (run failed), 3:36 Second quarter EP – Howard 3 run (run failed), 5:51 EP – Bauer 14 run (run failed), 2:50 EP – Bauer 56 pass from Howard (Williams run), 1:09 Third quarter M – Austin Shoup 14 run (kick wide left), 7:02 EP – Bauer 9 run (Kyle Pannier pass form Howard), 5:10 Fourth quarter EP – Bauer 5 run (Bauer kick), 6:39 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS RUSHING – EP: Williams 23-155, Howard 10-82, Bauer 6-69, Sean Maloney 1-(minus-1), Jordan Chandler 7-(minus-3). Morrison: Shoup 10-41, Andy Bird 11-24, Tate Renkes 3-6, Noah Blacklock 6-4, Mason Sitzmore 5-(minus-19). PASSING – EP: Howard 2-4-1-80 yards. Morrison: Sitzmore 2-11-0-35 yards, Kollin Burn 1-1-0-16 yards. RECEIVING – EP: Bauer 2-80. Morrison: Ryan Mayberry 2-35, Austin Keller 1-16. Records: EP 6-2 (5-1 TRAC North), Morrison 2-6 (1-4)

First downs Total yards Rushes-yards Passing yards Passing (C-A-I) Fumbles-lost Penalties-yards Punts-average EP Morrison

at Port Byron

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8 18 8 12 — 46 14 6 12 6 — 38 First quarter R – 1 yard run by Nate Rocker (Terry White run) 10:37 BV – 22 yard run by Tommy Johnston (kick failed) 7:47 BV – 8 yard run by Johnston (Parker Neuhalfen run) 3:32 Second quarter R – 10 yard run by White (conversion failed) 11:18

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AFC W 13 21 287 394 59-222 47-326 2-7-2 4-10-1 65 68 3-2 2-0 3-15 5-46 4-27 1-29 8 6 0 0 — 14 13 6 6 14 — 39 First quarter W – 11 yard run by Raab (conversion failed) 7:56 AFC – 1 yard run by Kevin Chapman (Chapman run) 5:34 W – Pay 39 yard pass from Leverton (Leverton kick) 3:34 Second quarter AFC – 18 yard run by David Zinke (conversion failed) 9:36 W – 7 yard run by Raab (conversion failed) 3:32 Third quarter W – 65 yard interception return by Pay (kick failed) 7:18 Fourth quarter W – Coy 17 yard pass from Leverton (leverton kick) 6:53 W – 5 yard run by Raab (Leverton kick) 5:22 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS RUSHING – AFC: Chapman 43-149, Brett GIttleson 4-41, Zinke 4-22, Jacob HIlliker 7-8, Riley Stephans 1-2. Warren: Raab 18-141, Jansson 10-107, Larson 3-29, Holland 2-23, Pay 2-15, Moliter 2-11. PASSING – AFC: Hilliker 2-6-1, 65 yards, Zinke 0-1-1. Warren: Leverton 4-10-1, 68 yards. RECEIVING – AFC: Troy Mairs 65 yards. Warren: Pay 2-34, Coy 2-34

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R – 7 yard run by White (conversion failed) 9:16 R – 40 yard run by White (conversion failed) 5:42 Third quarter R – 48 yard run by White (Cole Ebenroth run) 8:29 BV – 64 yard run by Neuhalfen (kick failed) 7:31 BV – 55 yard run by Neuhalfen (kick failed) 0:21 Fourth quarter R – 2 yard run by Rocker (conversion failed) 7:35 BV – Blake Balensiefen 27 yard pass from Neuhalfen (conversion failed) 6:02 R – 17 yard run by White (conversion failed) 1:28

EAST DUBUQUE 52, MILLEDGEVILLE 21 First downs Total yards Rushes-yards Passing (C-A-I) Passing yards Fumbles-lost Penalties-yards East Dubuque Milledgeville

ED 8 404 36-370 1-1-0 25 0-0 3-20 26 14 6 6 0 6 0 15

M 7 269 32-231 8-17-1 43 1-0 1-10 — 52 — 21

First quarter ED – Aaron Frost 25 pass from Jared Crenshaw (run failed), 7:53 ED – Alec Monahan 48 run (run failed), 5:45 ED – Monahan 37 run (run good), :56.9 ED – Kyle Schultz 45 interception return (run failed), :00.0 Second quarter M – Daniel Walker run (run failed), 9:03 ED – Schultz 1 run (run good), 7:25 ED – Frost 77 run (run failed), 6:13 Third quarter ED – Michael Turner 2 run (run failed), 8:44 Fourth quarter M – Kameron DawTyne run (run good), 10:21 M – Blake Kappes pass form DawTyne (kick good), 4:31 ED – Turner 70 run (run failed), :26.8 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS RUSHING – Milledgeville: Daniel Walker 11-120, Devin BIller 8-21, Kameron DawTyne 6-75, Jordan Harris 6-13, Kolton Morgan 1-2. Galena: Alec Monahan 7-159, Kyle Schultz 10-60, Aaron Frost 8-74, Mitchell Turner 7-72, Max Theill 1-0, Brett Davidson 3-5. PASSING – Milledgeville: DawTyne 6-101, 30 yards; 2-7-0, 13 yards. Galena: Jared Crenshaw 1-2-1, 25 yards. RECEIVING – Milledgeville: Evan Skoog 2-14, Blake Kappes 2-20, Biller 1-3, Morgan 2-6, Walker 1-0. Galena: Aaron Frost 1-25.

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POLO 30, RIVER-RIDGE 3 P RR 19 8 338 87 51-275 34-51 5-5-0 7-14-2 75 36 6-6 3-1 14-85 5-30 8 14 0 8 — 30 0 3 0 0 —3 First quarter P – 86 yard kick return by Brooks Grobe (conversion good) 11:45 Second quarter RR – 29 yard Field Goal 6:46 P – 2 yard run by Brooks Grobe (conversion good) 2:06 P – Brian Cavanaugh 13 yard pass from Brody Grobe (conversion failed) 0:06 Fourth quarter P – 13 yard run by Kevin Cheesman (conversion good) 11:00

First downs Total yards Rushes-yards Passing (C-A-I) Passing yards Fumbles-lost Penalties-yards Polo River-Ridge

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS RUSHING – Polo: Ethan Ditzler 14-108, Brody Grobe 4-40, Jeff Kimpel 15-72, Brooks Grobe 9-12, Cavanuagh 2-6, Kevin Cheesman 7-54. PASSING – Polo: Brody Grobe 5-5-0, 75 yards. RECEIVING – Polo: Cavanugh 2-40, Ditzler 2-21, Brooks Grobe 1-15.

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