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.