Le-Win’s Jordan Eilders hauls in a pass from QB Evan Heer for a six yard touchdown in the second quarter of Saturday afternoons IHSA Class 1A state quarterfinal contest in Stockton. The Panthers also scored in the fourth quarter but fell to the Blackhawks 48-14 to end their fine season with a 9-3 record. (PA photo/Craig Lang)
The undefeated Stockton Blackhawks wasted little time on Saturday afternoon showing who was the better football team as they ran over and around the Le-Win Panthers to claim the lopsided 48-14 victory in the Class 1A state quarterfinals. The win advances Stockton to the state semifinals for the first time in eight years.
The Blackhawk offense piled up three hundred fifty seven yards of offense and cracked the scoreboard first as Stockton QB Thomas Fox found Ty Harmston on for a thirty two yard TD pass in the opening quarter. Later in the first, after a Panther punt, TJ Knutson rambled into the endzone from twenty five yards out. The two point conversion made the score sixteen to zero with just under two minutes to play in the opening quarter.
The Panthers closed the gap to ten points in the second quarter as Le-Win QB Even Heer found Jordan Eilders in the endzone to cut the margin to sixteen to six. Stockton then scored thirty two unanswered points to blow the game open.
Stockton’s defense also proved to be a huge problem for the Panthers as they forced four fumbles. Le-Win’s final score came on a seventy three yards kickoff return by Tyler Oakley to make the final margin of victory for the Blackhawks.
The Blackhawk’s Logan Staver powers his way into the endzone for a score during Saturday’s playoff contest in Stockton. Staver led the Blackhawk’s ground attack with one hundred thirty eight yards. (PA photo/Craig Lang)
Stockton’s Colton Broshous runs the football Saturday during playoff action in Stockton. The Blackhawk’s piled up three hundred fifty seven yards of offense to take the thirty four point victory. (PA photo/Craig Lang)
Logan Staver led Stockton’s rushing attack, gaining one hundred thirty eight yards and scored a TD. Knutson added one hundred twenty four yards a two scores. The Panthers were held to just eighty five yards rushing led by Tevin Seller’s forty two yards and teammate Austin Mancosky adding thirty three yards.
Stockton (12-0) will host the Stark County Rebels on Saturday in the Class 1A state semifinals with a trip to Champaign on the line.
Cardinals Fall To Stark County
Despite trailing twenty four to nothing at the half, Forreston battled back with two quick scores to make a game of it before the Rebels took control and exploded for twenty six more points to take the 50-20 win on Saturday in Wyoming.
A Cardinal fumble set up the first Stark County score as Rebel QB Justin Kohler hit Brandon Lee on a twenty yard TD pass. Stark County scored again on their next possession. A seventy yard run by Stark County’s Danny Berchtold capped the Rebels first half scoring.
Forreston (9-3) was led offensively by Bryan Kraft who carried the football twenty eight time, racking up two hundred two yards and scoring all three of Forreston’s touchdowns.
Comets Win A Thriller
The Sterling Newman defense made one of the biggest stops of their season on Saturday in Wilmington to preserve the narrow two point lead and claim the win to advance them to the IHSA Class 3A semifinals. The Comets (12-0) will face the Aurora Christian Eagles in the semis with a trip to the state finals in Champaign on the line.
Newman led by two scores (28-14) with the finals minutes ticking down in the third quarter before the Wildcats closed the margin to eight points (28-20). A seven yard TD run by Chris Tworek made it a two point game but the Comet defense stifled the conversion attempt. A Wilmington onside kick attempt was recovered by Newman’s Ryam Schaab to preserve the win.