MARQUETTE TOPS MOUNT OLIVE — The Marquette Catholic Explorers handled their business on Friday, rolling Mount Olive 48-8.
The win saw the Explorers end the regular season at 5-4, doing enough to make themselves playoff eligible. Now they will have to wait to see if they have enough playoff points to get into the postseason for the eighth consecutive season. The Wildcats ended the season at 2-7.
Marquette accrued three more playoff points on Friday to finish with 35, squarely placing the Explorers on the bubble.
After a scoreless opening quarter Friday, Marquette erupted for three scores in the second quarter to go up 21-0 at the break. It tacked on 20 more points in the third quarter to compile a comfortable 41-8 lead entering the fourth quarter.
Quarterback Trey Aguirre excelled on Friday, going 10 of 15 for 300 yards and five touchdowns through the air. Senior Danny Holtz was one of his benefactors, leading the Explorers with five snares for 169 yards and three scores. Bray McAfee paced the ground attack with five carries for 102 yards and two scores. McAfee also had one reception for a 64-yard TD.
CM FALLS TO MOUNT ZION — The Civic Memorial Eagles saw their season come to a close on Friday.
The Eagles lost to Mount Zion 50-34 to end their season at 3-6. Mount Zion improved to 6-3 and earned a playoff berth.
Friday concluded a tough campaign for CM, which after winning its first two games of the year, went 1-6 the rest of the way.
EA-WR CAN'T SOLVE NOKOMIS — A tough season ended for the East Alton-Wood River Oilers on Friday night.
The Oilers lost 42-8 to Prairie State Conference foe Nokomis to wind up 1-8 on the year. Nokomis is now 6-3 and will see its season continue in the playoffs.
EA-WR's Dreyton Daughtery scored the lone touchdown for the Oilers, plunging in for a 5-yard score in the fourth quarter.