76
      Thursday
      86 / 66
      Friday
      82 / 65
      Saturday
      83 / 67

      Hazard Pay (Duerrisms for September 12th)


      Nothing like a chance encounter in this world to set your mind right. I spent maybe eight good minutes with Palmyra Lineman Joe Drebes on Monday and walked away from the Flower City feeling inspired. Joe is the Uncle of JC Breault, the eight year old Palmyra Youth League Football Player who died this past July after valiantly fighting a Brain Tumor. His strength and determination serves now as a rallying point for the entire Palmyra Football program and every kid from YFL to the Varsity wear his 27 on their helmets. The story, if you missed it, is featured on our Website here. Listen to Joe in that interview talk about this truly heroic young man and I guarantee you will feel better about the human spirit and the human condition in general. In all honesty, one of the neatest things I have ever been involved with in this job as a community has turned something so tragic into something so incredibly uplifting. Life is short, my friends. Live it to the fullest like #27 did.


      Welcome to Duerrisms for September 12th, brought to you as always by the fine folks at GAMEMASTERS. If you need it for a Sports or Recreational Activity, I guarantee you they've got whatever "it" is. One could quite literally get happily lost for day in that store. Go visit Don and company and tell them just how much you appreciate their support of local sports and the athletes who play them.


      With your indulgence, Happy Birthday to my most loyal reader here: Mom. Just think...you are just a few more of these away from having your special day celebrated on National TV by Willard Scott. So there is that....


      KHQA STUDENT ATHLETE OF THE WEEK nomination forms are now in the hands of your favorite High School Athletic Directors and Principals just in time to help us celebrate our ninth year of putting the spotlight on the best and brightest Scholar/Athletes in Tri State Sports. Help them out by nominating/suggesting a deserving candidate you know from your community. Again, the minimum bar for inclusion is a 3.5 GPA and participation in one Sport or State Activities Board Recognized Activity. And because of the Scholarship component of the award, we can only recognize High School Seniors who graduate in May/June before our annual Awards Banquet. This is a highly competitive process and we are usually inundated with incredible candidates. In that spirit, I suggest that you get your nominee of choice into the voting pool as early as possible to get him/her as many different long looks in the process as possible. Come winter time, we may have close to a 100 different kids to consider for just 30 spots. Truth be told, it's a nice problem to have and speaks well of the future of our communities. And as always, thanks for the help in giving these young people the appreciation they richly deserve.


      Keep those SEEDS OF GREATNESS nominations rolling in as well. This is a new feature on OVERTIME where we are looking to introduce the Tri-States to the next generation of great local athletes before they arrive. We are talking about the 14 and under set here. Junior High School phenoms. Youth League stars. That nine year old Black Belt recipient. The six year old Dance prodigy. This is there chance to shine. Nominations (including contact info and brief explanation of why you think the candidate of choice deserves the spotlight) can be e-mailed to me at cduerr@khqa.com. And look for this feature every Saturday at 10:45pm on OVERTIME.


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      FOOTBALL 2013


      Roll Call of Stars


      7) JORDAN NUTT, WR, Palmyra


      2 Catches, 97 Yards, 2 TD vs Centralia


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      6) REED SPRINKLE, FB, Macomb


      236 Yards Rushing, TD; 32 Yard Pick Six INT vs PGP


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      5) GRANT O'BRYAN, QB, Monroe City


      13 rushes, 118 Yards, 2 TD; 2 of 2, 63 Yards, 2 TD vs Mark Twain


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      4) MALIQUE ROBBINS, RB, Quincy High


      19 Carries, 204 Rushing Yards, 3 TD vs Peoria Notre Dame


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      3) JOEY MCCAUGHEY, QB, QND


      11 of 21 Passing, 301 Yards, 4 TD; 4 Carries, 22 Yards Rushing, TD vs Marquette


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      2) BLAKE SMITH, DL, Pleasant Hill/Western


      10 Tackles, 6 Tackles for Loss vs ISD


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      1) ALEX MYLES, RB, Beardstown


      16 Carries, 228 Yards, 3 TD; Receiving TD, 30 Yard Pick Six Interception vs South Fulton


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      KHQA PLAYER OF THE WEEK


      (as voted by you our readers)


      CHRIS JACKSON, RB, Scotland County


      Tight vote this week but the late surge of Tiger Fans pushes Jackson over the top in a photo finish over Alex Myles and Malique Robbins. Mister Jackson got just eight carries on Friday Night in his team's thrilling 34-30 win over Knox County but he certainly made them count and inflicted an ample degree of damage on the Eagle Defense. Chris scored on three of those touches in playing "big play threat" to Will McRobert's battering ram routine. And he certainly wore the mantle well with runs of 50, 23 and 21 yards to the end zone to fuel a most impressive 150 yard night. Given his versatility, this kind of emergent role and success should be the norm for Chris Jackson going forward. He's clearly a kid with field stretching ability (and great hands as a receiving target when Scotland can get him the ball in that fashion) who can hurt an opponent in a number of ways. Bottom line, the kid is a matchup nightmare, especially with McRobert showing such great ability to do the heavy lifting as a young workhorse. Keep an eye on this pairing going forward and don't be surprised if it powers the Young Tigers to a couple more surprise wins along the way.


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      Past Winners:


      Week One: BRADY CRANE, Rushville/Industry


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      KHQA Football Power Poll for September 13th


      1) CENTRAL (2-0)


      Last Week: 55-0 win over Calhoun


      Up Next: vs ISD


      THE SKINNY: I am willing to concede the criticism that the Panthers are in the midst of playing the most favorable First Half Schedule of any team in Tri-State Football. Duly noted. But whatever "points" you wish to deduct here from Brad Dixon's crew for "degree of difficulty" realize as well that these virtual "sparring sessions" have been handled with lead-pipe cruelty by the Panthers; with the same directed attention to detail that they would reserve down the road for Carrollton and Brown County. That's what is very special about this Central team. As a collective, these guys get it. They aren't really a team prone to "laying an egg" or playing down to their competition. Last week, Brad Dixon's Defense put boot to throat of the Calhoun Triple Option and smothered it to the tune of just 55 yards of total offense allowed. Calhoun's net yards per carry average last week? .18 yards per attempt. Rising star Andrew Shake led the charge with 13 tackles and a quarterback sack. Ryan Freiberg chipped in eight stops. Jared Starman added six tackles and an interception. And with ISD's slow-to-unfold running game on tap this week, the Panther Statistical Feeding Frenzy is only going to get more vicious this Friday. Offensively, that much touted Panther Offensive Line continues to deliver on the preseason praise, fueling the way to an average of just under 12 yards per carry last week. Alger Saldana was the biggest recipient with 123 yards on just three carries, two of which went for touchdowns. Trevor Hennen and Austin Kramberg added two scores apiece as well. Again, the sledding will eventually get tougher but for now watching this gathering storm power itself to victories is one of the great treats in high school football. We will probably take a pass on watching the carnage this Friday in Camp Point, just because there are far more compelling storylines elsewhere and I am not a fan of watching Football's version of sending lambs to slaughter. Still, nothing I have seen to date here convinces me that my original working premise was wrong: that Central is the team best heeled in Tri State Football to title this season.


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      2) ILLINI WEST (2-0)


      Last Week: 46-0 win over Villa Grove


      Up Next: at West Hancock


      THE SKINNY: Like Central, the Chargers have done an effective job blowing out their first two opponents. The difference, however, is that Lyle Klein's team has succeeded in making a couple of talented teams look bad in the process. Mark my words, Villa Grove will win a lot of games. The Blue Devils defense made Illini West work for every inch of rushing yardage it got. The Chargers really only hit one or two "haymaker" plays the entire game. This was more a case of IW hitting an opponent with relentless body shots rather than splashy punches to the chin. Lots of long sustained time consuming drives that eventually, methodically withered the fight right out of Villa Grove. To me the most impressive offensive play of the game was an 11 yard run. Joey Dion called a fullback dive on 3rd and 9 and Leighton Johnson just churned his way through a mass of defenders, a handful of which were riding his back, until he got the first down. That, more than anything, was emblematic of the Chargers win. It was gritty. It wasn't always clean or pretty. It was a case of continuously making the small plays when the Chargers need them on Offense. And I think we will see a lot of that this Fall. Withering 17 play drives largely made up of three to five yard runs; a game plan designed to frustrate opposing Defenses into submission and mistakes; counterbalanced every so often with the play action pass once you are lulled to sleep. Braden Bennett (who I can now attest is a pretty decent thrower of the football) and Colton Mellinger hooked up such a 33 yard TD play late in the first half, with Mellinger so wide open it was as if Villa Grove had forgotten the passing game existed. Saturday's contest also featured the classic example of IW baiting a frustrated opponent into stupid mistakes. Down 24-0 just before the half, the Blue Devils went to the spread and tried to press tempo to get a score before halftime. The very first attempt they made was picked off by Brayden Carroll and resulted in a quick touchdown the other way on a short field. I wish I had a buck for every time I have seen an IW/Carthage/LaHarpeNW opponent fall into that pit over the years. If you want to beat Illini West, you can't give the Charger Defense an excuse to be aggressive. You can't get into long yardage situations or try to force something to happen because you are behind. That is when IW is at its best. Again, there wasn't anything splashy or statistically impressive about the Chargers individual players on Defense Saturday (though I do think Braxton Squier, at max-Q and full motor, is emerging as a true enforcer at Linebacker) It was just a case of the collective working so well together that an explosive Villa Grove team never even sniffed the end zone. Just call it "minimalist football" at its finest. Illini West is going to do five or six basic, fundamental football tenets better than you every game. And history dictates it is going to be enough. May not be sexy. But the unceasing amount of winning more than makes up for that.


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      3) PALMYRA (2-0)


      Last Week: 24-21 over Centralia


      Up Next: at South Shelby


      THE SKINNY: Doesn't exactly take a Gridiron Genius to tell you Palmyra feels a whole lot more "legitimate" after last Friday's ultra-rare win over traditional CCC Overlord Centralia. That established, there were both observable attributes within that game on Friday and cultural changes in its aftermath that left me, even more than the result itself, feeling that the Panthers have turned a considerable corner. I asked Kevin Miles point blank this week what he saw that he like most in Friday's win and the Palmyra Coach told me it was his team's ability to finish; something that was clearly not in evidence last year in "the one that got away" in Centralia. The man makes a valid point. Palmyra did again make Fourth Quarter mistakes this year against the Panthers. The difference this time around was that P-Town refused to allow those moments to become fatal. From my vantage point, the most impressive attributes the Panthers displayed were Defensive Closing speed, Brock Butler's ability to extend the play and let his receivers create separation, and the versatility of the Panther Offensive Line. First and foremost, if I don't address this topic I am going to burst. Josh Hultz, you have my sincere apologies. I had no earthly idea just how good a run support Defensive Back you had become. Take a moment the next time you get a chance to watch Palmyra and force yourself to view Hultz in isolation when he's playing defense. He moves a different speed, with a different "purpose" than any other player on the field. There are a lot of really good players on that Palmyra Defense. They will add another with the return of Ben Althoff this week (that's right, Palmyra beat Centralia without the services of maybe the CCC's best Linebacker who did not get cleared until Friday) For my mind, Hultz is the rainmaker in that group. Offensively, Brock Butler came out and threw the ball eight straight times to open the game as Kevin Miles tried to loosen up the Centralia Defensive front. Found it an interesting play calling gambit but I also think it says a lot about Miles faith in Butler as a passer. We all knew his duel threat ability. He just looks more comfortable now as a guy who will roll around the pocket and deliver the smart pass to the right receiver. See also Jordan Nutt's game changing touchdown just before the half. And this really talented, very veteran Palmyra Offensive Line; prized for its lane clearing prowess in the run game has gotten a ton better in pass protection. Those were the most notable in-game pluses. What I may have liked even more after the game in talking to Miles, Austin Hightower and Jordan Nutt on Monday was just how maturely the Panthers had turned the page. I think the celebration was probably pretty lively Friday and Saturday and rightfully so. By Monday, Jordan Nutt was telling me in no uncertain terms how important it was for his team not to lay an egg against South Shelby and waste this Friday's special effort. For his part, Austin Hightower was pleased that his team proved it could match/best Centralia's physicality but remarked something to the effect of how it could not be a one-off effort. And as I walked out of the Palmyra Locker Room on Monday, the last sight I glimpsed was a dry erase board above the door with the admonition for the Panthers not to buy into their own hype. This is no longer a team trying to create swagger. This is a team that is trying to create championships. That is an amazing evolution.


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      4) BROWN COUNTY (2-0)


      Last Week: 46-28 win over West Central


      Up Next: at Unity/Payson


      THE SKINNY: So the Hornets go from scoring just eight points against a good team in Week One to scoring 46 against what I would argue was a better team in Week Two? Call it the value of reaping film of Week One miscues and having one of the best Offensive Line Coaches in the business around to correct them. The Hornets got an early spark on Friday from Brady Long's 86 yard kick-off return (in answer to the Cougars scoring and taking a 7-6 lead) but it would ultimately be the play of Heath Fullerton's Front Five that allowed BC to punch away at a big/physical West Central Defense and score on three straight second quarter possessions to gain separation. The tip-off here is that it really didn't matter which of the Hornets talented backs got touches. Five different backs scored rushing touchdowns, with Brady Long hitting on two and leading the barrage with 95 yards rushing. Wyatt Jones continues to emerge as the new era Joe Cross and is thriving in his role as power back. Nathan Mekdara added 39 yards to the cause as well. In execution, this is exactly what Tom Little envisions on a nightly basis. Throwing different kinds of punches at a defense and letting his Offensive Line showcase the attributes of those differently talented backs. Defensively, Friday's win wasn't as clean as the Greenfield game, but it's also fair to note that West Central has better/more explosive offensive weapons and Drew Barnett and Austin Boehs are going to get theirs against even the best of WIVC Defenses. The important thing is that Eric Grady's Defense kept the Cougars big play potential pretty well bottled up and forced WC to play possession football; and more importantly, to do so from considerably behind. It's like making a Sprinter race you in Marathon when you have a three mile head start. Eventually, they just wither and wear out. Bottom line, Week Two was a significant step forward in the 2013 evolution of the Hornets.


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      5) CLARK COUNTY (2-0)


      Last Week: 41-14 win at Louisiana


      Up Next: vs Highland


      THE SKINNY: Heat Wave kickoff push-backs and Geography have thus far conspired to keep the Indians off TV radar, but we can hopefully remedy this Friday Night in Kahoka against a Highland team showing signs of life. Clark County opened in Louisiana with an onside kick (one of five employed by Scott Murdock on the night) and a pair of Jayvin Ray first half touchdowns to fashion a 14-8 lead on the Bulldogs at halftime. Then the Indians dropped the proverbial hammer. Four Third Quarter Touchdowns, including a pair or crushing runs from Jacob Trump and Ray's third scoring sojurn of the night, put this game out of reach quickly. Again, barring fires, pestilence, or locusts (and at this point, the way this Fall has started, I am not betting against any of those probabilities) we should finally get our first in-person audience with the Indians on Friday and have something more in-depth to say about Clark County than what little we have been able to glean from radio and newspaper box scores.


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      6) QUINCY NOTRE DAME (2-0)


      Last Week: 41-7 win over Alton Marquette


      Up Next: vs Helias (KHQA GAME OF THE WEEK)


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      THE SKINNY: Forget Don Coryell and make way for...Air Cornell?? If QND runs the table on this difficult three game non-conference slate, I think its time to concede that Bill Connell and his staff adapt to their given personnel as well as any coaching group in the region. I wasn't right about much last week, but had this blowout pretty accurately predicted. (By the way, really nice to see the Explores thriving in the aftermath of parting ways with Tim Nelson. Clearly, it was Nelson all along who was holding the program back and this is just one more sign the school boards and administrators clearly know best when it comes to dismissing great people with track records of successfully coaxing success out of young men. I am sure another 10-2 season and Quarterfinals appearance is right around around the corner for you fine front office folk at Marquette. But I digress...) For just the second time in school history, QND had a Quarterback surpass the 300 yard passing milestone on Friday. And Joey McCaughey became the first Raider Signal Caller to win a game with more than 3 bills through the air as he shredded the Marquette Defense for 301 yards and four touchdown passes to four different receivers. Clearly, the level of polish in McCaughey is showing. As are the talents of the worst kept secret in Tri State Football, the QND Receiving Corps. The hidden heroes here, however, are as McCaughey himself was quick to point out on Facebook this weekend, his Offensive Linemen. Quincy Herald Whig Scribe Matt Schuckman estimated that McCaughey was hit a grand total of once the entire game on his 21 passing attempts. That's enough to let a mediocre quarterback beat you. You give a kid with McCaughey's talent and weapons that kind of time and the game becomes an un-winnable proposition for a Defense. Unfortunately, the rising Raider Offensive Line's reward for its great work to date is the sternest test it will face all year when Division One Recruit (Arkansas/Tennessee among his pursuers)Hale Hentges and the Helias Crusaders hit town. The Crusaders dropped a 22-21 decision on opening night to traditional power Harrisonville and bounced back to hang 56 points on Smith-Cotton last week. Helias returns 17 starters from a team then went on to play in the Show Me Bowl before being thumped by traditional power Webb City. Essentially, this will be the same group, absent a pair of wide receivers, that beat QND 27-0 last season. And it will be the most diverse, explosive threat QND's defense has seen with Quarterback Wyatt Porter (2593 yards and 27 TD) in to test QND's incredibly veteran secondary and top runner Garrett Buschjost working behind a veteran line to test the resolve of the Raiders rebuilt Front Eight. On paper, this will be the best football team QND sees all season and the next evolution of the litmus test for these guys. In fact, the start of WCC play will feel like a reprieve by comparison for QND next week. This has proven to be a bit of a weird series in that the road team has seemed to have had the greater success in the head to head matchups. The Raiders will be a heavy underdog, just as they were on opening night. We've already seen how QND has responded to the world testing their collective volition once this fall. Do they have enough in the tank to make an even bigger statement on Friday?


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      7) QUINCY HIGH (2-0)


      Last Week: 35-26 win over Peoria Notre Dame


      Up Next: at Rock Island


      THE SKINNY: It's a big week as well for the Gem City's other rising Football power as the Blue Devils reward for a legitimate statement win over a really good PND squad is a trip to Rock Island, where QHS hasn't won since 1973. And just to add to the threat level, the Rocks are ranked 2nd in Class 6A this Week. Let's start with the celebratory aspects of last week before we wade into the war ahead. The Blue Devils did an exceptionally good job up front this week in carving out 399 ground yards on what was an indisputably talented PND Defense. The QHS Offensive Line is really starting to find some traction after struggling this summer to look good against its own talented Defense. Here's what's telling: the Blue Devils had three different backs go for better than 10 yards a carry this week. That isn't a coincidence. And the Blue Devil Backs are top notch obviously. I am done extolling the virtues and justifying the Preseason POY honors of Malique Robbins to you. If you don't get it now, after this latest 204 yard 3 TD effort where he is quite literally carrying Defenders on his back, I can't help you. Jordan Osborne is fast proving an amazing counterbalance and had a stellar 65 yard run in the second quarter. Defensively, the Blue Devils did struggle with vacating the middle in the first half and allowing the Irish to ring up big rushing yards. That was more a function of poor discipline/over aggressiveness than it was talent. And that has to get better. Quincy High has too many playmakers up front to be satisfied with any part of that performance and I suspect the screws will be tightened in practice this week. Again, teams seem to be using Quincy High's over-pursuit against them. And Rock Island will be duly aware of this trend to date. That may be the biggest key to Friday Night's game and the Blue Devils hopes for winning on the road. The Rocks have athletes with Quarterback Trey Sigel as trigger man and a couple of dangerous backs in Linder Divos (who had a pair of TD vs Richwoods last week) and Prince Gbeddeh possessing the speed to find cut back seems and punish teams who vacate their assignments. This week will be less a referendum on Quincy High's talent than it's mental preparedness to be a Championship Tier team. Anxious to see what the response will be from a program showing all kinds of potential for transcendence.


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      THE NEXT LEVEL


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      8) CENTRALIA (1-1)


      An otherwise impressive Centralia outing unravels under the weight of a missed tackle in special teams (Kizer Punt Return) and two blown pass coverages in bad spots (particularly on the Jordan Nutt TD just before the first half buzzer.) Realize this was a Panther team playing without Cullen Ralphs and Tyler Spurling (out for the season with a broken ankle) and with Quarterback Zach Etzler in the line-up for the first time and I think the forward prognosis for this team is still very good. Very much impressed with the Panthers team speed on Defense.


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      9) JACKSONVILLE (1-1)


      Credit where credit is due. Kudos Dan Rourke. If your Defense is good enough to go on the road and hold Jacksonville to seven points, you have fashioned yourself a darned fine group there. For the record, this changes nothing in my estimation about the Crimsons long term viability. Mark Grounds will correct from this, tinker and fix what needs fixed. Still, I think I'd like to work in this business just long enough to see JHS win this game in my career.


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      10) BEARDSTOWN (2-0)


      Not sure that by the end of this month, when all the timing issues get ironed out, the Tigers might not boast the best, most diverse small school offense in Western Illinois. The continued good health of Alex Myles certainly won't hurt. All the kid did on Friday at South Fulton was rush for 228 yards on 16 carries in route to three touchdowns. He also scored a receiving touchdown from Gus Vermillion and had a pick six Interception return of 30 yards to boot. If I had a vote, Myles would have been my Player of the Week pick. But I leave those decisions to you fine people. What I do know is that the Beardstown/Elmwood Brimfield tilt might be the best game on our slate no one is talking about.


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      11) HANNIBAL (1-1)


      Battle is a far better program than any Football start up should be and the Pirates were forced to fight hard for their 42-27 road victory. The Jerry McBride dividend proved to be immediate as the Pirate Sophomore scored three touchdowns, three different ways with a kick return, reception and run. Austin Kirby filled in admirably at Quarterback going 5 of 7 passing with one touchdown through the air and another on the ground. That said, I will state the obvious here: this isn't the same defense without a healthy Lijah Harrison.


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      12) BOWLING GREEN (2-0)


      Big week for Jeff Gschwender, who welcomed a new baby girl into the fold and a saw his Bobcats roll to 2-0 with a bludgeoning of Winfield. Adam Holt and Malik McPike each had two first half touchdowns and rising QB Jeff Niemeyer added both a running and passing TD to jump start the running clock. Should be a very spicy weekend in Pike County with the renewal of the Mayor's Cup against Louisiana this week.


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      13) PLEASANT HILL/WESTERN (2-0)


      The Smith Twins reign of terror continues. The Wolves Defensive Linemen combined for 20 tackles. Blake Smith posted six of those tackles for loss against an ISD team that could not keep him out of the backfield. Logan Workman lived up to his surname as well with eight stops and five tackles behind the line of scrimmage. PH/W is now averaging 4 points per game against. Sophomore Running Tandem Seth Moyers (126 yds) and Corbin Edwards (114 yards) added five rushing touchdowns between them. Next three weeks should be very telling for the Wolves who get Greenfield/Northwestern (road) Carrollton (home) and West Central (road) in a stretch that should determined the WIVC South Champ. If Mike Giles wins two of those games, he might be your Coach of the Year.


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      14) RUSHVILLE-INDUSTRY (2-0)


      The Rockets are 2-0 for the first time since 2005 and while you can question the caliber of competition Mike Bickerman's team has played, you can't deny that R/I has handled its business. It's not easy to score 95 points against air, let alone live competition and that is exactly what the powerful Rocket Run game has done this last two weeks. No Offensive Line in the area may be more improved. Big showdown with a huge Farmington squad should be our first real indication as to just how "for real" these guys truly are.


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      For Your Consideration


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      15) MACON (1-1)


      16) WEST CENTRAL (1-1)


      17) PARIS (1-1)


      18) SOUTH SHELBY (1-1)


      19) MACOMB (1-1)


      20) MONROE CITY (1-1)


      21) FORT MADISON (1-1)


      22) PARIS (1-1)


      23) TRIOPIA (0-2)


      24) PGP (0-2)


      25) KEOKUK (1-1*)


      26) SCOTLAND COUNTY (1-1)


      27) KNOX COUNTY (0-2)


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      FEARLESS (AND LIKELY FUTILE) DUERR PREDICTIONS


      Last Week: 15 of 24 (62.5% or as I like to call it, blood bath)


      Season to Date: 32 of 44 (73%)


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      HELIAS 21


      QND 16


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      QUINCY HIGH 21


      ROCK ISLAND 28


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      BROWN COUNTY 34


      UNITY/PAYSON 14


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      ROUTT 8


      TRIOPIA 28


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      ISD 0


      CENTRAL 54


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      PHILL/WESTERN 16


      GREENFIELD 0


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      WEST CENTRAL 18


      CARROLLTON 35


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      ILLINI WEST 48


      WEST HANCOCK 6


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      PGP 32


      IVC 12


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      MONROSE 18


      MACOMB 8


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      JACKSONVILLE 42


      LANPHIER 28


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      BEARDSTOWN 27


      ELMWOOD/BRIMFIELD 36


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      R/I 14


      FARMINGTON 30


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      HANNIBAL 35


      BOONVILLE 14


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      PALMYRA 34


      SOUTH SHELBY 7


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      HIGHLAND 12


      CLARK COUNTY 28


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      MACON 22


      MONROE CITY 20


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      CENTRALIA 42


      MARK TWAIN 8


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      LOUISIANA 14


      BOWLING GREEN 41


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      NORTH SHELBY 12


      PARIS 32


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      SCOTLAND COUNTY 16


      SOUTH CALLAWAY 24


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      KNOX COUNTY 24


      FAYETTE 21


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      KEOKUK 20


      CENTERVILLE 26


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      FORT MADISON 18


      WILLAMSBURG 28


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      RANDOM MUSINGS


      South Shelby has clearly proven itself fertile recruiting ground over the last few years. Shane Smith is currently the starting Left Tackle for Northwest Missouri State, while Bryce Johnston is getting run as a reserve Defensive Tackle. And per our friend Brad Boyer at Regional Radio, Ethan Decker drew high praise from Gregg Nesbitt this week for stepping in at Center for Truman State and helping the Bulldogs to a 40-37 win over Southwest Baptist.


      Monmouth College dropped its Season Opener 23-22 to Coe despite plenty of local contributions. BPCA Alum Trey Yocum rushed for 101 yards and a Touchdown in the loss. Brown County's Ace Henricks hit his first Field Goal of the Season. And fellow Hornet Jacob Wilson snared an interception in the loss as well.

      West Hancock alum Harley Malmgren debuted with a team high 12 tackles for Iowa Wesleyan last weekend in his teams 55-21 loss to Simpson College. On the other sideline, our guy Brad Vogel (Central Lee) had another ridiculous day catching the football with eight receptions for 139 yards and a pair of touchdowns.

      I lied to you fine people last week. Quincy High Alum Brandon White was the starting Kicker for Lindenwood in the team's season opening 24-22 win over Lincoln and had a 31 yard Field Goal and three extra points in the effort.


      All things considered and despite what the final score may have indicated, I thought Quincy University did at least a credible job on Saturday of giving Western Illinois some resistance. The Hawks were a far sight better than Hampton, I would argue. Granted, Tom Pajic's crew could not finish drives but they moved the ball at times despite playing up in Class. Nick Lonergan ended up with a 20 for 40 passing day with 224 yards, 1 Interception and a touchdown run. Those are certainly decent enough numbers considering the circumstances. And the Hawk Defense certainly had its moments. Again, these first two weeks the Hawks are essentially being brought in as paid fodder against FCS teams. Try to reserve judgement on progress until after the Hawks get back into Division Two competition.


      Quincy High Soccer played one of its finest games in memory in taking apart formerly unbeaten Rock Island on Thursday night. The Blue Devils scored a goal just 47 seconds into the contest and the Rocks confidence was essentially shot from that point forward. It was like a fighter knocking down an opponent in the first round; any swagger was gone instantly. And I thought from a work rate standpoint, Tuesday's game was the hardest I've seen QHS work at both ends of the field this year. Blue Devils seem to be trending upwards.


      In just its second year of existence, the Beardstown Soccer program is gaining traction in a hurry. The Tigers picked up another benchmark win this week in beating an historically strong Plains program 2-1 on Tuesday night.


      Congrats to Southeastern Volleyball Ball and All Around Good Guy Tim Kerr who picked up not only a Suns Classic Championship this weekend but the 400th win of his career. Freshman Kolby McClelland continues to impress, winning Tournament MVP honors in Augusta. All Tournament Team for the Suns Classic included Aubrie Carlisle of Illini West, Alexis Dooley of West Hancock, Keylee Gregg of Payson Seymour, Madelyn and Meredith Hyer of Liberty, Dakota Limkemann of Southeastern, Massie Musick of Central, Rachel Shover of Liberty, Madison Steinkamp of Central, Kara Twadell of Southeastern and Katelyn Wolf of Payson Seymour.


      Breakout week for Knox County Pitcher Lauren Dale. A Third Baseman by trade on last years Final Four squad, Dale has moved to the mound and really came into her own going 5-0 this week with a pair of back to back no-hitters to open the week and three straight wins to help her team clinch the Knox County Tournament Title. Dale struck out 58 batters in 30 innings worth of work this week. She cites growing confidence in her ability to get her pitches into spots as the many source of that improvement. Wins over both Highland and Scotland County this week are telling in just how good she is becoming.


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