At Pawnee, the Flanagan-Cornell/Woodland Falcons 8-man football team improved to 6-2 on the season, slugging out a 24-14 road win Saturday against Pawnee-Lincolnwood (5-3).
FCW led 8-6 after one quarter and 16-14 at halftime, then scored the lone second-half points midway through the third quarter on a 1-yard sneak from quarterback Dallas Hamilton followed by a Hamilton-to-Chris Stasko 2-point conversion. FCW’s first-half scores came courtesy of a Jesse Simpson fumble return (J.D. Ruddy 2-point run) and a Hamilton 4-yard run (Ruddy 2-point run).
FCW outgained Pawnee-Lincolnwood 274-219 in yards from scrimmage, led by the offensive output of Hamilton (7-of-10 passing for 104 yards, 19 yards rushing), William Weber (68 yards rushing), Stasko (62 yards rushing) and Sam Jones (four receptions for 65 yards). Weber totaled seven solo and 13 assisted tackles, including one tackle for a loss. Stasko added two TFLs.
Assured of a playoff spot, FCW closes the regular season next Saturday at 1 p.m. at Champaign St. Thomas More.
Sandwich, Ottawa compete at I-8 Meet: At Maple Park, Ottawa’s girls ran to fourth and Sandwich’s girls to fifth at the Interstate Eight Conference Tournament. Top Ottawa finishers included Grace Carroll (4th, 20:01.75), Gianna Corsolini (15th, 21:08.15), Eva Heimsoth (21st, 21:38.07) and Lainey Billings (25th, 22:03). Top Sandwich finishers were Joanna Rivera (7th, 20:30.26) and Hannah Treptow (19th, 21:28.84).
In the boys event, Sandwich placed third and Ottawa seventh. The Indians were paced by Wyatt Miller (10th, 16:52.25), Max Cryer (17th, 17:21.03), Dayton Beatty (20th, 18:18.30) and Josefh Hernandez (22nd, 18:31.18). The Pirates were led by Liam Tipple (28th, 19:02.25) and Cole Smelko (29th, 19:16.80).
Stoeger wins HOIC Meet: At the Heart of Illinois Conference Meet hosted by Eureka, Fieldcrest ace Mason Stoeger ran a 15:45 to capture the conference championship and lead the Knights to fifth place. He was followed by teammates Pacey Mangan (18:05), Caleb Krischel (18:10) and Mikey Scott (18:20).
Fieldcrest’s girls were seventh, led by Clare Phillips (22:17), Allie Wiesenhofer (23:01) and Carol Megow (23:32).
Newark, Seneca go 3-1 at Moldenaur: At the Bradley-Bourbonnais Moldenhaur Classic, Newark (25-6) came in second, following up wins over Wilmington (straight sets), Momence (straight sets) and the hosts (in three) with a 25-18, 25-22 loss to champion Belleville West.
Lauren Ulrich and Megan Williams were both named all-tournament, as was Seneca’s Emma Smith after the Irish posted a 3-1 mark with wins over eventual champion Belleville West, Momence and Joliet Central. Seneca is now 19-7.
Sandwich 3rd, Earlville 4th at Plano: At the Plano Invitational, Sandwich placed third with a 3-1-1 mark — wins over LaMoille, St. Bede and Earlville, a loss to Genoa-Kingston and a tie with Lisle. Claire Allen (24 kills), Alexis Sexton (76 assists, 23 digs), Alana Stahl (14 kills, four blocks), Audrey Rome (31 kills, 13 blocks), Emily Gomez (40 digs) and Kaylin Herren (nine kills, eight blocks) led the Indians (15-17-1).
Earlville (22-7) came in fourth, beating Plano, Westmont and Yorkville Christian before falling to Rosary and Sandwich. Emma Benson (78 assists) led an offense that included double-digit kill matches from Brynn Guelde and Nevaeh Sansone. Alexis Olson, Hailey Kuter and Mady Olson all turned in double-digit digs in individual matches