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A long time rivalry was renewed tonight for the first time in 8 years as Central-Southeastern traveled to Brown County to take on the Hornets.  The storylines leading into this game were endless as these two teams are only separated by 15 miles and know a lot about each other.  The game got out to a very quick start as CSE went 3 & out on their first possession.  Then Brown County comes out and put together a quick scoring drive to take a 7-0 lead.  CSE didn’t wait any time as they came right back out and scored a couple of unanswered touchdowns.  Though the Hornets would get a score in a crazy ending to the 1st half.  CSE took a 14-13 lead into the halftime break.  After a very long drive to start the 3rd quarter that resulted in the Hornets turning the ball over on Downs, the Panthers offense came to life and finally pulled away from Brown County for the 36-19 victory.  Brady Long had an outstanding night for the Hornets as he gained 114 yards and 2 touchdowns on 12 carries.  Bobby Keltz had a great night as well for the Panthers as he gained 97 yards and a touchdown on 21 carries.  Probably the most interesting stat of the night was that Brown County was able to hold the Panthers to just over 250 yards of offense while the Hornets had 328 yards of offense.  CSE is now headed into a big matchup next week against a very tough Triopia team that will really test the Panthers.  I think that CSE will have to shore up things on defense in order to give themselves a solid shot against the Trojans.  For Brown County, the Hornets were greatly improved this week and came up just short tonight. With 3 losses on their record though, the Hornets will be looking to use the rest of the schedule to battle their way to the playoffs.  I think this game tonight went a long way in teaching this young Hornet squad that they can play with the top teams in the WIVC, but it will be up to them to execute and step up to the challenge.  Needless to say for all teams in the WIVC, we are in store for a very close and exciting second half of the season.


Last night the Rushville-Industry Rockets opened up their home schedule by hosting a very tough Farmington squad.  This game got out to really a great start for both teams as they were playing well on both sides of the ball and neither was committing penalties. Farmington would strike first as Seth Bales would get a 25 yd field goal to make it 3-0.  Then in the next possession, Mason Plater would find Austin Gardner on a 7 yd pass play to make it a 6-3 score in favor of the Rockets.  With time running down in the 1st half, Farmington had a long 4th down play looming near the 50yd line and they come out and run a fake punt that caught Rushville off guard and began the momentum swing in this contest.  Farmington would score before the half and took a 10-6 lead into halftime.  Neither team could score in the 3rd quarter and Farmington’s offense held onto the ball most of the 2nd half.  They would pick up one more score and Farmington would claim the victory over the Rockets by a score of 17-6.  Macae Skaggs led the way for the Farmers with 112 yards of rushing on 22 carries.  Skaggs was the workhorse for Farmington in the 2nd half and the Rockets could never find a way to stop him.  J.R. Boyd led the Rockets on the ground attack with 52 yards while Mason Plater was good for 55 yards of passing.  The Rockets now fall to 1-2 on the season and have a very hard two weeks ahead of them as they go to Elmwood/Brimfield next week and then come home to face Beardstown in week 5. These two games could be huge for the Rockets in terms of playoff aspirations as a win would put them in a much better position and would be a huge momentum swing for this team that is greatly improved.

Brown County headed to Southeastern IL to take on the Cumberland Pirates in game of two halves.  The first half was all about the Pirates and their ability to eat the clock and be patient.  Brown County would get a big play on offense or defense, only to find that they had committed a penalty to erase the effort.  Cumberland would strike on the first play of the 2nd Quarter to take a 6-0 lead.  The Hornets made multiple attempts to tie it up before the half but their penalties kept killing their drives and Cumberland took a 6-0 lead into the Half.  Brown County got the ball to start the second half and they looked like a totally different team.  They marched right down the field and capped off the drive by a 11 yd TD run for Rick Logsdon, the extra point gave the Hornets a 7-6 lead.   Cumberland QB Kendal Butler, determined to lead his team back into this game, broke open a 30 yd run but could not hold on to the ball and gave the Hornets a huge momentum swing.  The ensuing drive resulted in a TD reception for Justin Volk and increased the BC lead to 14-6.  Once again, Cumberland was threatening in the 4th quarter and Justin Volk came up huge on defense.  Volk picked off a pass from Butler and returned it 45 yds to set up the next scoring drive.  Brown County got another TD from Logsdon and advance to the Quarterfinals with a 20-6 victory.  Kendal Butler was as good as advertised for Cumberland as he finished the day with 116 yards rushing and 49 yards through the air.  For Brown County, Rick Logsdon finished the day with 2 TD’s and 168 yards rushing while Justin Volk led the receiving department for the Hornets with 42 yards and 2 INT’s.  The win sets up a great rematch between WIVC North Rivals, Triopia & Brown County, in Mt. Sterling to decide who advances to the Semifinals.

When the seeds came out one week ago, many people thought that this could be a very intriguing match up between Lewistown and Brown County.  The Indians are a team who love to go to the air with short passes for large gains, while the Hornets are a team who just grind it out on the ground.  Brown County would strike first in this contest with a 2 yd run and extra point from Alex Sheppard to go up 7-0.  Then with under a minute to go in the 1st Quarter Rick Logsdon broke open an outstanding 50 yd run to the end zone to give the Hornets a 14-0 lead at the half.  Sheppard would score two  more times in the second half and helped Brown County to a 28-7 victory of Lewistown.  One of the biggest sticking points in this game was the number of penalties committed by Brown County, 10 penalties for 80 yards.  If the Hornets want to advance into the later rounds, they are going to have to find a way to stop committing penalties.  Lewistown finished today with 162 yds on the ground and 98 through the air, while Brown County went for 269 on the ground and 47 through the air.  Gage Beekman led the Indians with 61 yards rushing while Matt McCoy had 58 yards receiving.  Rick Logsdon led the way for Brown County with 142 yards rushing and Alex Sheppard had one catch for 26 yards.  Logsdon also went over the 1000 yard mark for the season in today’s game to be only the second ever in the Tom Little era; Sheppard reached the feat in week 9.  Lewistown’s season comes to an end at 6-4 but will return a team next year full of juniors that will have a ton of varsity playing experience.  Brown County improves to 9-1 and advances to the 2nd round to take on Cumberland.  It will be a road game for the Hornet’s as the Cumberland Pirates defeated West Central, on the road, 12-0 in round 1.

Tonight the Rockets hosted the team from Knoxville in the last Prairieland conference match-up of the season.  Both teams came in to the contest coming off of big wins in week 6.  Knoxville elected to receive to start the contest and moved down the field but the Rushville-Industry defense stepped up in a big way and forced the Blue Bullets to punt.  The Rockets went 3 and out on the ensuing possession but their defense was still up to the challenge.  Knoxville would score twice in the first half with an 11 yard run and a 11 yard pass play to Dillon Lehr to go up 14-0 at the half.  Rushville-Industry would get the ball to start the second half and had a long 4th down situation and ran a fake punt to Beau Newell who took it 68 yards for the score with 10:43 to go in the 3rd quarter.  This play looked all but dead but Newell never gave up on it and his teammates gave him some tremendous blocks to clear his way in to the endzone.  Neither team was able to get another score as defense reined supreme and Knoxville held on for the 14-6 victory.  Knoxville gained 252 yards on the ground this evening while only adding 11 yards through the air.  Though the Blue Bullets biggest downfall tonight was penalties, which they had 7 penalties for 50 yards.  Rushville-Industry had 194 yards of rushing and 28 yards through the air.  The Rockets did a great job of limiting penalties with only 2 for 15 yards.  Beau Newell’s 68 yard carry made him the leading rusher for the Rockets tonight while Dillon Lehr lead the Blue Bullets with 81 yards over 17 carries.

Tonight the South Fulton Rebels hosted the North Fulton Wildcats for Homecoming. Both teams came out looking like there was a lot of energy in both and South Fulton especially showed a lot of energy and looked to try and make North Fulton really fight for this one.  North Fulton got on the board early with a pass from McCabe to Coufal to make it 6-0.  Then South Fulton got their first chance on offense of the evening and after an incomplete pass, that could have resulted in a huge play, the next snap to Kessler was wild and resulted in a fumble recovery for the Wildcats.  North Fulton was able to score on the ensuing drive but South Fulton did not look like a team ready to give up.  The Rebels kept trying to go to the air but they just came up a bit short each time.  In the second quarter North Fulton was able to find the end zone 4 different times in a period of about 2 minutes of clock and they also recovered a squib kick that South Fulton froze up on.  In the second half the Rebels came out with some new life and were able to put a couple of scoring drives together before the final horn.  North Fulton won this one 54-14.  The Wildcats ended the night with 162 yards of rushing and 85 yards through the air.  Their biggest downfall tonight was the 11 penalties for 80 yards.  Justin Higgins carried the ball 10 times for 65 yards tonight while Travis Windsor had 46 yards of receiving.  For South Fulton, they finished the night with 93 yards of rushing and 122 yards through the air.  The Rebels were able to keep the penalties to a minimum with just 3 penalties for a total of 15 yards.  Joey Hamm had 5 carries for 49 yards this evening while Bryar Anderson had 57 yards of receiving.  North Fulton improves to 5-1 (3-0) on the season and gains playoff eligibility while South Fulton falls to 0-6 (0-3) on the season.  I also want to mention that the game between these two schools is working to become known as the Blackout Game and they want to use it as a chance to help out a charity.  This year Easter Seals was the charity and the students from South Fulton were able to raise $600!

Tonight’s matchup featured two of the top teams in the WIVC North Division with someone looking to pull into a tie with Triopia for first place.   Unity-Payson is a team that has been mentioned to be a big offensive powerhouse who loves getting in to shootouts and tonight’s game would start out that way.  Both teams would trade scores back and forth but at the end of the first half, Routt would be able to get a 25yd Field Goal from Eilering that would put the Rockets up 24-21 at the half.  Then in the second Half, Routt would start to take control of the game.  Unity-Payson committed 3 more turnovers in the second half with Nick Lonergan converting one into a Pick 6.  Routt added a couple of more scores and pulled away with the win 44-21.  Routt ended up with 392 yards gained on the night with no turnovers while Unity-Payson gained 364 yards with 3 fumbles and 2 interceptions.  Kyle Vandermaiden led the Mustangs 93 yards on 18 carries.  Nick Rossi led the Rockets with 184 yards on 21 carries.  We had a lot of unknowns heading into this game tonight, mainly how could Unity-Payson fare against the rest of the top of the WIVC North.  The Mustangs had a size advantage over Routt but they could not keep up with the speed of the Rockets.  Routt improves their record to 4-0 (2-0) and will have next week off as they were scheduled to play Virginia.  Unity-Payson falls to 3-1 (0-1) and will host Triopia in week 5.