At South Beloit, the visiting Flanagan-Cornell/Woodland Falcons moved to 2-1 with a 44-38, overtime eight-man football victory.
J.D. Ruddy scored the Falcons’ overtime touchdown on a 10-yard scamper. He also caught a TD pass from QB Dallas Hamilton and ran in two more scores, including a 67-yarder in the first half to open the scoring.
Sam Jones and Chris Stasko also scored touchdowns for FCW.
Dee-Mack 40, Marquette 36: At Mackinaw, in a game in which each team had troubles stopping the other, it was a 63-yard touchdown run by the Chiefs’ Lucas Blumeyer with 2:18 left in the game that proved to be the game-winner. The visitors had four straight incompletions on their final possession, and the hosts were able to run out the clock.
Marquette (2-1) had taken a 36-32 lead with 4:42 to play on an Alex Graham-to-Tom Durdan 45-yard pitch-and-catch.
The Crusaders scored on the first possession of the game on a 12-yard dash by Durdan and added the two-point conversion. Dee-Mack (2-1) answered on their first try on a 2-yard run by Brent Denniston and conversion run by Blummeyera and took a 16-8 lead after a Denniston 11-yard run with 7:45 left in the second. Marquette drove to the Dee-Mack 3 before losing the ball on downs, but the Chiefs had a bad snap on the first play and were tackled in the end zone for a safety. The Cru then scored with 48 seconds remaining before halftime on a 6-yard run from Pete McGrath to lead 18-16.
Tthe game was tied 24-all heading to the fourth. A short scoring run by Jurnee Reed gave MA a 30-24 lead early in the fourth, but Dee-Mack countered with 6-yard run from Tyce Albritton to hold a 32-30 advantage with 7:34 to go.
Graham finished 8-for-16 for 165 yards, while McGrath (13 carries, 57 yards), Durdan (11-43) and Reed (11-41) paced the ground game for the Crusaders.
– Read Brian Hoxsey’s full report from the sidelines online at MyWebTimes.com and FridayNightDrive.com.
Salt Fork 49, Seneca 28: At Seneca, the hosts dropped the Vermillion Valley Football Alliance crossover contest.
The Irish fell to 0-3, while the Storm improved to 3-0 with last spring’s state champion track competitors Ben Jessup (204 yards, four touchdowns) and Ethan McLain (117 yards, two scores) accounting for the bulk of Salt Fork’s 476 yards of total offense.
Seneca managed to amass 352 yards, with junior running back Collin Wright providing 173 yards rushing and two scores on 19 carries.
– Read Bill Lidinsky’s full report from the sidelines online at MyWebTimes.com and FridayNightDrive.com.
Fisher 51, Fieldcrest 40: At Minonk, the Knights (0-3) fell just short in the high-scoring Heart of Illinois Conference loss to the Bunnies in their home opener. Sophomore quarterback Koltin Kearfott was 24 of 41 for 386 yards and four TDs, while junior receiver Landon Modro made 13 catches for 247 yards.
Earlville def. St. Bede, 25-15, 25-10: The Red Raiders improved to 9-2, led by Brynn Guelde (seven kills, two aces), Elizabeth Browder (four kills) and Emma Benson (17 assists).