(L to R) – Eastland golfers, Devin Hartman and Casey Fritz, qualified for the IHSA 1A Sectional tournament at Golf Club of Illinois in Algonquin by shooting matching 79s during the Regional tournament held at Wolf Hollow Golf Club in Lena. Fritz and Hartman tied for third overall to advance.
Forreston vs. EPC @ Lanark
AFC at Milledgeville
Polo at West Carroll
Bureau Valley at Morrison
River Ridge at South Beloit
Dakota at Le-Win
Fulton at Kewanee
Machesney Park Harlem at Freeport
Ottawa at Sterling
Rock Falls at Oregon
Sterling Newman at Amboy
EPC Crushes Indians
The Wildcatz took a fourteen to nothing halftime lead and cruised to the easy thirty eight point victory (45-7).
EPC found the endzone on their first possession as running back Ben Thomas ran seventy yards for the score. An eighty yard drive in the second quarter ended with a Tim Vandenburgh TD pass to Skylar Paulson.
The third quarter saw Cody Kluck return the kickoff eighty four yards to paydirt and after a Dakota fumble, Thomas again found the endzone for another score.
Kluck returned an Indian punt sixty six yards for a TD and a Donny Groezinger seventy five yard punt return for a touchdown made the score EPC 38 and Dakota zero. The Indians only score of the game came on a Matt Ryan TD late in the game.
Thomas led the EPC ground game, running the football thirteen times for one hundred forty five yards and two scores. Ryan led Dakota with sixty five yards on twenty carries.
The win sets up next Fridays’s showdown with the Forreston Cardinals in Lanark with the outright NUIC conference title on the line.
Galena Silences Thunder
The Pirates rushing game was hitting on all cylinders as Galena rolled to the forty three point (50-7) win on Friday night in Galena. The Pirates had three rushers run for over one hundred yards and Galena held a 42-7 halftime lead.
West Carroll’s lone score came on an eighty three yard kickoff return by Shaun Magill.
Austin Long led the Galena ground attack, running the football thirteen times for one hundred seventy five yards and a pair of TD’s while teammates Jesse Sinagra and Robert Salgado added one hundred eighteen and one hundred eleven yards respectively. Sinagra found the endzone three times for the Pirates.
The Thunder finish their season on Friday night as they take on the Polo Marcos at Massey Field in Savanna.
Marcos Gain Third Win
Polo Marco Ethan Ditzler (#1) runs the football with the help of a block from teammate Jeff Kimpel on South Beloit’s Alantrez Davidson during Friday night action in Polo. Ditzler had an eighty yard kickoff return for a TD in the Marco 29-26 win. (PA photo/Craig Lang)
In a back and forth affair, the Polo Marcos held off the South Beloit Sobos on Friday night in Polo to claim the three point 29-26 victory. Polo held a narrow 7-6 lead going into quarter two and the start of the second quarter saw South Beloit claim the lead 12-7. The Marcos Ethan Ditzler returned the ensuing kickoff eighty yards to put Polo up 14-12 following the extra point kick. A South Beloit safety put the Marcos on top 16-12 but the Sobos responded with a score to make it 18-16 South Beloit. The Marcos marched the football down the field and retook the lead on a one yard TD run to go back on top 22-18. A twelve yard TD run by South Beloit put the Sobos back on top 26-22 but a twenty one yard run to the endzone by Zach Hagemann gave the Marco’s the lead for good. An Ivan Grogan interception late in the game sealed the victory for Polo. The Marcos travel to Savanna on Friday night to battle the Thunder.
Polo’s Brian Cavanaugh runs the football with the Sobo’s Stanford Galbreath attempting to make the tackle. In a back and forth contest, the Marcos were able to hold on to notch their third victory of the season, winning by three points. (PA photo/Craig Lang)
Mustang Defense Sinks Steamers
By BILL POPKIN
The Morrison Mustangs invaded Fulton to battle the Steamers in the annual Wooden Shoe Bowl on October 12. Utilizing a stubborn 5-3 defense, the Mustangs (5-3) came out on top in the game 18-6.
The Steamers (3-5) were held to 153 total yards, only 4 first downs, and had just 2 plays of more than 7 yards in the entire contest. Morrison, on the other hand, amassed 397 yards of offense. 322 yards of that total was from the ground game. The Mustangs now have won every game between these two teams dating back to 2003.
Fulton got on the board first in the game with a 79 yard pass play from Ethan Jones to Austin Reggenwether with 4:55 left in the half. Morrison answered back when Andrew Connelly went over the goal line from 6 yards out to make the score 6-6. The drive covered 73 yards in just 5 plays.
The Mustangs got the ball back again with only :25 remaining in the half. Three plays and 62 yards later Danny Willis hauled in a 26 yard pass from Matt Wilkens to complete the first half scoring. Morrison led 12-6.
In third quarter action neither squad could put points on the board, but Morrison found the end zone again in the final stanza. Connelly dove in from the 2 yard line to cap a drive that spanned 69 yards in 7 minutes. This final touchdown gave the Mustangs an 18-6 victory.
Willis led all rushers in the game with 200 yards. Connelly chipped in 80 more for Morrison. Reggenwether was the top rusher for the Steamers with 98 yards. Morrison also won the preliminary game 14-8.
This week the Mustangs entertain Bureau Valley in the last regular season game of the year. It is also Senior Night. Please try to attend the game to cheer for our young athletes in exciting football action.
Varsity Football Scores
River Ridge 36 Milledgeville 6
Stockton 26 Le-Win 20
Polo 29 South Beloit 26
Warren 39 AFC 22
Freeport Aquin 42 East Dubuque 28
Forreston 1 Pecatonica 0 (forf.)
Durand 34 Orangeville 28
Sterling Newman 35 Erie/Prophetstown 20
Amboy 48 Bureau Valley 13
Oregon 41 Mendota 14
Sterling 38 Dixon 0
Rock Falls 29 Burlington Central 21
Rockton Hononegah 50 Freeport 12
Rockford Lutheran 43 Stillman Valley 24
Spring Valley Hall 48 Kewanee 18
Winnebago 40 Byron 21
Stockton at Eastland
Pearl City at West Carroll (Senior Night)
Freeport Aquin at Milledgeville
River Ridge at Warren
Kewanee at Morrison
Forreston at Polo
Rockford Guilford at Freeport
Bureau Valley at Sterling Newman (Senior Night)
Eastland, West Carroll, Forreston, Le-Win at Stillman Valley Tournament
Eastland, West Carroll, Forreston, Le-Win at Stillman Valley Tournament
Morrison at Sterling Tournament
Varsity Volleyball Results
Milledgeville’s Morgan Adolph slams the ball past Polo defender Josi Grobe on Thursday evening in Milledgeville. The Lady Missiles took control early and won the match in two, 25-14 and 25-11.
(PA photo/Craig Lang)
Eastland 2 Pearl City 0 (25-19, 25-21)
Milledgeville 2 South Beloit 0 (25-9, 25-13)
Le-Win 2 West Carroll 0 (25-14, 25-20)
AFC 2 Polo 0 (25-18, 25-18)
River Ridge 2 East Dubuque 0 (25-20, 25-18)
Galena 2 Warren 0 (25-16, 25-20)
Freeport Aquin 2 Forreston 0 (25-21, 25-23)
Milledgeville 2 Polo 0 (25-14, 25-11)
Stockton 2 West Carroll 0 (25-15, 25-11)
Galena 2 River Ridge 0 (25-8, 25-7)
Morrison 2 Bureau Valley 0 (25-17, 25-19)
Polo’s Carly Hinrichs (#11) slams the ball over the net with Milledgeville’s Emily Geison (#31) going for the block. Lady Marco’s Alli Reeder (#9) and Ellen Cavanaugh (#5) watch the play develope as Lady Missiles Kelsey Hayen (#6) and Morgan Adolph (#25) prepare to assist Geison. (PA photo/Craig Lang)
Forreston 2 AFC 0 (25-16, 25-17)
Sterling Newman 2 Fulton 0 (26-24, 27-25)
Linda Ludwig Memorial Tournament
Erie 2 Eastland 0 (27-25, 25-23) Championship game
Durand 2 Pearl City 0 (25-15, 25-17) Championship game
Dakota 2 West Carroll 0 (21-16, 21-11)
Pecatonica 2 West Carroll 0 (21-19, 21-18)
West Carroll 2 North Boone 1 (23-21, 11-21, 15-13)
Keith Country Day 2 West Carroll 0 (21-12, 21-12)
Scales Mound 2 West Carroll 0 (21-17, 21-15)
Class 1A Volleyball Regional Schedules
1-AFC vs, Polo – 7 p.m.
2-Erie vs. game #1 winner – 6 p.m.
3-Eastland vs. Milledgeville – 7 p.m.
4-Game #2 winner vs. game #3 winner – 7 p.m.
Pearl City Regional
1-River Ridge vs. Scales Mound – 6 p.m.
2-Pearl City vs. Warren – 7 p.m.
3-Stockton vs. game #1 winner – 6 p.m.
4-East Dubuque vs. game #2 winner – 7 p.m.
5-Game #3 winner vs. game #4 winner – 6 p.m.
Class 2A Volleyball Regional Schedules
1-Forreston vs. Pecatonica – 5:30 p.m.
2-Galena vs. West Carroll – 7:30 p.m.
3-Dakota vs. game #1 winner – 5:30 p.m.
4-Le-Win vs. game #2 winner – 7:30 p.m.
5-Game #3 winner vs. game #4 winner – 7:30 p.m.
1-Rock Island Alleman vs. Prophetstown – 7 p.m.
2-Port Byron/Riverdale vs. game #1 winner – 6 p.m.