EA-WR junior Dreyton Daugherty breaks a tackle to gain extra yardage against South Fork on Friday.
EA-WR seniors Anthony Lane and Shiloh Shoppell join forces in a tackle.
OILERS BOW TO SOUTH FORK — East Alton-Wood River pushed Kincaid South Fork to the limit, but fell 21-16 Friday in a Prairie State Conference football game at Memorial Stadium.
The Oilers, slipping to 1-7 overall and 1-5 in league games, impressed EA-WR coach Joe Parmentier with their gritty effort.
“Our kids never quit and I’m so proud of them,” he said. “The kids are still out and they are working hard. That tells you something about them.
“And we started seven freshmen (four on defense) against South Fork.”
Dreyton Daugherty, a junior running back, sparked the Oilers. He rushed for 114 yards and scored on a 28-yard run in the first half. Teammate Darrius Clark, who added 70 yards on the ground, added a 7-yard touchdown in the second half.
Jason Womack and Chris Hamby contributed conversion runs as EA-WR battled back from 13-0 and 21-8 deficits. Kincaid improved to 3-5 and 3-3.
“We had our opportunities,” said Parmentier, pointing to EA-WR’s successful ground game that accounted for more than 200 yards.
Trailing 21-16, the Oilers recovered a fumble at the Kincaid 25 with two minutes to go. However, a penalty forced them back to the 40 and EA-WR couldn’t string together a last-minute drive.
The Oilers close their season next Friday at Nokomis in another Prairie State game. The Redskins are 5-3 after defeating Mount Olive, 40-6 on Friday.
EXPLORERS GET FORFEIT VICTORY — Marquette Catholic secured a forfeit win over winless Metro East Lutheran, which couldn’t field enough players.
The Explorers improved to 4-4 and are 4-2 in Prairie State play. The Knights are 0-8 and 0-6.
Marquette closes its regular-season schedule at home Friday against 2-6 Mount Olive. The Explorers need a victory to have a winning season and remain in the hunt for a playoff berth. The IHSA will announce its playoff spots in all eight classes on Oct. 25.