PEOTONE – With 8:11 remaining in the first quarter, Jeff Treadmen ran into the end zone for a 1-yard touchdown, and from that minute, Wilmington never looked back.
The underdog Blue Devils hung tough, however, as the visiting Wildcats remained unbeaten, 21-14, in the nonconference game.
Three touchdowns were scored in the first quarter.
Peotone evened the score at 7 when Kyle Maupin connected with Alex Panning for a 15-yard touchdown with 4:12 remaining in the quarter. But three minutes later, Nick Hawkins regained the lead for the Wildcats with a 4-yard touchdown run.
Both teams then went scoreless until the fourth quarter. Maupin connected with Panning again, this time for a 40-yard touchdown to tie the score at 14 with 7:38 remaining in the game.
Wilmington (8-0, 6-0) answered back with Hawkins taking it in from 7 yards out.
Hawkins carried 29 times for 203 of Wilmington’s 323 rushed yards. Owen Weaver had 15 carries for 118 yards. James Cox led the defense with two sacks and 3.5 tackles. Caleb Gougis also recorded a sack and 5.5 tackles.
Peotone was led by Panning (six catches for 84 yards, two TDs) and Maupin (8 of 21 for 109 yards, two TDs). Corey Vincent led the defense with 10.5 tackles.
Brother Rice 31, Providence 24: Anyone expecting defending Class 7A state champion Providence to throw in the towel after its elimination from the playoffs with the previous week’s loss at Bishop McNamara was wrong.
The banged-up Celtics (2-6, 1-3) gave Catholic Blue rival and state-ranked Brother Rice (7-1, 2-1) all it wanted before dropping the one-touchdown decision. Providence led at halftime, 24-10.
Standout running back Richie Warfield has returned after missing most of the season with an injury and scored a touchdown on a pass receptiuon. Dylan Davalos recovered a fumble in the end zone for a score and Jared Drake hit Mike Markasovic with a 24-yard touchdown toss just before halftime.
Brother Rice, which scored three second-half touchdowns for the come-from-behind victory, has a 31-14 victory over Mount Carmel on its resume. The Crusaders have lost only to Loyola, 28-0.