Herald Staff Report
MORRISON, Ill. — Erie/Prophetstown rebounded from a heartbreaking loss a week ago and dominated Morrison for a 37-13 Three Rivers Conference football victory Friday night.
The Panthers (6-2), who saw a four-game winning streak end last Friday when Sterling Newman rallied to beat them 54-38 in showdown for at least a share of the North Division title, dodged an early bullet, then rolled against the Mustangs (2-5, 1-3 conference).
After holding Morrison on the opening possession of the game, Erie/Prophetstown fumbled away the punt, and the Mustangs recovered in E/P territory. Morrison added a first down on the series before the Panthers defense stepped up. Morrison went for it on fourth-and-10 from the E/P 20-yard line but failed, giving the Panthers the restart they needed.
Erie/Prophetstown then drove 80 yards on eight plays, with Nick Williams scoring on a 25-yard run with 6:08 left in the first quarter.
The Panthers got the ball back 41 seconds later when Kyle Coleman recovered a fumble in the Morrison backfield, setting them up at the Mustangs’ 29. Four plays later, E/P was left with a fourth-and-5, but quarterback Ethan Howard found Chris Bauer open, and the play went for a 24-yard touchdown connection.
A Jordan Chandler punt return in the second quarter set up the Panthers at the Morrison 26. Williams converted a fourth-down run for a first down, then went 16 on the next play to set up a 3-yard sneak by Howard. The score put the Panthers ahead 18-0 with 5:51 left.
The Panthers added one more score in the first half. Runs for 10-plus yards by Bauer, Chandler and Williams advanced them to the Morrison 14. On the next play, Bauer ripped off a 14-yard touchdown run to make it 24-0 with 2:50 left in the half.
Galena tops Thunder
SAVANNA, Ill. — West Carroll hung tough for a while, but Galena pulled away for a 47-20 win in Northwest Upstate Illini Conference football Friday.
The Pirates improved to 6-2, 5-2 in the Northwest Division, while the Thunder slipped to 2-6, 1-5.
Galena built a 14-0 lead on a pair of first-quarter touchdowns before West Carroll answered with a 17-yard scoring pass from Shawn Magill to Marshall Benters. Magill then hit Brandon Sturtevant for the two-point conversion to make it 14-8.
But the Pirates held West Carroll scoreless in the second quarter while scoring twice to go up 27-8 at the half.
Sturtevant, who rushed for 98 yards on 13 carries, scored from 3 yards out with 9:57 left in the third quarter to close the gap to 27-14, but Galena responded with three straight scores to put the game out of reach.
Bruce Scharph gained 165 yards on 21 carries, three for touchdowns, to lead Galena. He also returned an interception 59 yards for a score in the third quarter and had a team-high nine tackles.
Magill added 89 yards on the ground for West Carroll, but he was just 4-for-17 passing for 69 yards.
Jeff Casey led the Thunder defense with 12 tackles, and Devin Saunders added 10.
GALENA 47, WEST CARROLL 20
Galena 14 13 7 13 — 47
West Carroll 8 0 6 6 — 20
G — Bruce Scharph 24 run (Ethan Baltz kick), 9:01
G — Chris White 1 run (Baltz kick), 5:47
WC — Marshall Benters 17 pass from Shawn Magill (Brandon Sturtevant pass from Magill), 2:44
G — Tyler Willard 25 pass from Austin Long (kick failed), 10:25
G — Scharph 2 run (Baltz kick), :47
WC — Sturtevant 3 run (conversion failed), 9:57
G — Scharph 59 interception return (Baltz kick), 4:53
G — Scharph 7 run (kick failed), 10:19
G — Austin Swisher 57 run (Calvin Korberg kick), 6:40
WC — Trevor Jones 21 pass from Magill (conversion failed), 1:20
RUSHING — Galena, Bruce Scharph 21-165, Chris White 12-75, Austin Swisher 2-60; West Carroll, Brandon Sturtevant 13-98, Shawn Magill 17-89, Devin Saunders 5-17.
PASSING — Galena, Austin Long 4-8-1-50; West Carroll, Magill 4-17-2-69.
RECEIVING — Galena, Tyler Willard 4-50; West Carroll, Trevor Jones 2-39, Sturtevant 1-18, Marshall Benters 1-17.