LOCKPORT – The Lincoln-Way East-Lockport contest got off to a bit of a late start Friday night.
But once it kicked off, the top-ranked Griffins wasted no time getting to work during a 63-0 victory.
The win lifts Lincoln-Way East to a 7-0 mark, while Lockport dropped to 0-7 with the loss.
Lincoln-Way East’s offense wasted no time getting going as Devon Williams opened the scoring early in the game, and then the Jack Baltz-to-Jackson Ritter connection hooked up for three touchdowns. A.J. Henning also accounted for a pair of rushing touchdowns for the Griffins.
Lincoln-Way East led, 42-0, at halftime.
Lincoln-Way Central 28, Centennial 0: At New Lenox, the Knights’ defensive effort was on point as they earned the shutout in the nonconference victory.
The win lifted Lincoln-Way Central to 5-2 and likely secured a playoff berth for it.
Richards 33, Lemont 3: At Oak Lawn, the Indians couldn’t get much going in a South Suburban crossover matchup with the powerful Bulldogs.
Josh Pack managed 62 yards rushing in the game, while Anthony Sambucci had two receptions for 24 yards.
Lemont’s record dropped to 3-4 on the season, and the Indians will need to win both of their remaining games to obtain an at-large berth in the playoffs.
Coal City 24, Manteno 0: At Coal City, the Coalers captured the crown of the Interstate Eight Large division with the victory.
Once again, Coal City (6-1) was anchored by its defense, as it limited Manteno to less than 100 yards of total offense.
Daniel Jezik carried much of the load for Coal City, running for 106 yards and a pair of touchdowns in the victory. Jezik also kicked a field goal and three extra points.
Cole Garcia added another rushing score for Coal City.
Herscher 31, Peotone 27: At Herscher, Peotone had early control of the game but couldn’t sustain it during an Interstate Eight Small Conference loss.
Peotone (3-4) held a 7-3 lead at halftime, but surrendered 21 third-quarter points and immediately found itself in catch-up mode.
It appeared the Blue Devils had made it all the way back when they seized a 27-24 lead with a little over five minutes to play, but Herscher countered that score with just under a minute left, and that touchdown proved to be the decisive margin.
Ryan Brewer and Max Gesswein each had rushing touchdowns for Peotone, which now must sweep its remaining games against Manteno and Streator to have a chance at an at-large playoff berth.
Wilmington 38, Reed-Custer 13: At Braidwood, the Wildcats’ recent surge on offense continued as they collected an easy Interstate Eight Small victory.
Wilmington (4-3) took an 18-0 lead into the halftime break and tacked on three more scores in the third quarter to seize total control of the contest.
Conner Dempsay and Trey Shaw led the way for Wilmington’s vaunted ground game as Dempsay rushed for 182 yards and two touchdowns, while Shaw added 144 yards and scored three times.
In all, Wilmington ran for 383 yards. Sam Hafner also added a rushing touchdown.
Josh Loomis threw for 229 yards with touchdown strikes to Blake Foster, and Rick Siegers. A.J. Cherry also had five receptions for 79 yards.
At 2-5 overall, Reed-Custer has been eliminated from the playoff chase.
Dwight 51, Iroquois West 6: At Dwight, the Trojans had no problem picking up a Sangamon Valley Conference victory, putting 20 points on the board in the first quarter.
Logan Graham had a huge game for Dwight (4-3). Graham opened the scoring with a 51-yard touchdown run and would later add scores of 47, 6 and
35 yards. In all, Graham would finish with 210 yards rushing on only 14 carries.
Cal Schultz and Jordan Emmons also added rushing touchdowns for Dwight, while the passing game got involved with a 18-yard touchdown pass from Colton Holm to Chris Bement.
J.C. Santos also tacked on two field goals for Dwight.
Iroquois West was only able to break up the shutout late in the third quarter.
Watseka 22, Seneca 16: At Seneca, the Fighting Irish’s playoff hopes took a substantial hit with a last-minute Sangamon Valley Conference loss.
Logan Bruss gave Seneca a 16-14 lead with 7:25 to play, but the Fighting Irish (3-4) couldn’t keep Watseka out of the end zone as the game wound down as they surrendered a touchdown run with 24 seconds left.
Seneca’s Ken Sangston accounted for the other touchdown in the game with a 1-yard touchdown plunge in the second quarter.
The Fighting Irish outgained the Warriors, 310-239. Bruss led the way with 142 rushing yards, and Brody Baudino also chipped in 62 rushing yards.
The loss puts Seneca’s backs against the wall and requires that it wins both its remaining games against Momence and Bismarck-Henning to have a chance of making the postseason field.
Bolingbrook 60, Thornridge 0: At Dolton, the Raiders had zero difficulty in moving to 6-1 with an easy Southwest Suburban Conference win Thursday.
The victory officially clinched a playoff berth for the Raiders.