WILMINGTON – It isn’t often a team builds a 40-0 lead in the first quarter, but Wilmington had the opportunity to enjoy that moment en route to Friday night’s 46-6 Interstate Eight Small victory over Westmont.
The first-quarter onslaught went like this:
Nick Hawkins, 48-yard touchdown run. Nick Pretto, 43-yard TD run. Hawkins, 70-yard punt return for a touchdown. Tyler Brimer, 3-yard TD run. Hawkins, 1-yard scoring run. Bailey Boswell forces a fumble that Brimer recovers and runs into the end zone.
There it was, 40 points in the quarter. The other points for Wilmington (5-0, 3-0) came on Dustin Kelly’s 3-yard run in the third quarter.
Kelly rushed for 101 yards in 14 carries for the Wildcats. Hawkins gained 93 in five attempts, and Pretto gained 81 in seven carries. Hawkins returned three punts for 144 yards, a 48.0 average.
Jaymen Flood and Owen Weaver were the Wilmington tackle leaders with three solo stops and two assists each.
Herscher 56, Reed-Custer 14: Jordan Neu returned a kickoff 90 yards for a touchdown and Connor Harding scored a rushing touchdown for Reed-Custer (0-5, 0-3), but it was not nearly enough in the Interstate Eight Small matchup against Herscher (4-1, 3-0).
Harding finished with 45 yards in 14 carries. Scott Mitchell chipped in 40 yards in eight carries. Tommy Shaw hit 2 of 6 passes for 33 yards.
Vinny Vercelote caught two for 27 yards and Sam Leper one for 13, and the two combined for 11 tackles.
Manteno 41, Peotone 21: Peotone played well against unbeaten Interstate Eight Large foe Manteno (5-0, 3-0), but the Blue Devils (2-3, 1-2) came up short.