CM LEADS MATTOON, AS GAME SUSPENDED BY WEATHER — With nine minutes remaining in regulation the Civic Memorial Eagles are up on the Mattoon Green Wave 34-26 on the road.
Unfortunately, heavy rain storms in the eastern part of Illinois suspended the contest, which will resume at 1 p.m. on Saturday.
The Eagles are looking to improve to 2-0 on the young season with a win in Mattoon. Adam Hill and David Lane have hooked up for a score through the air, while John Whitworth and Zach Williams have found the end zone on the ground to help pace the CM offense.
After completing the game at Mattoon on Saturday, the Eagles will prepare for their home opener in Week 3, welcoming Effingham to Bethalto.
ALTON FALLS TO QUINCY — The Alton Redbirds dipped to 0-2 to start the 2015 season on Friday, losing 35-21 to the Quincy Blue Devils in Quincy.
The Redbirds only trailed 14-7 at halftime, before being outscored 21-14 in the second half.
Asa Collins directed the Birds on offense and defense. The senior carried the ball 13 times for 97 yards and two scores on offense and picked up 10 solo tackles and one assisted tackles on defense.
Alton's other touchdown came through the air, with quarterback Keenan Stegall connecting with Kevin Caldwell on 25-yards strike. Stegall with 3 for 10 for 53 yards and the TD through the air.
Jaymeon Alexander chipped in with nine carries for 64 yards on the ground and Malik Williams had 11 carries for 27 yards. Simeon Brown had a reception for 22 yards.
Williams also had five solos and one assisted tackle and KeOntay Holmes picked up eight solos and two assisted tackles in the loss.
The Birds now prepare to open Southwestern Conference play at home in Week 3 against East St. Louis.
SUBPAR SECOND HALF PLAQUES EXPLORERS IN LOSS AT QND — The Marquette Catholic Explorers traveled to Quincy Notre Dame on Friday and after being tied 7-7 at the half, fell to the host Raiders 35-7.
QND had 13 votes in the latest Class 4A state rankings to put the Raiders just outside of the top 10, so Marquette knew it had its work cut out. With the loss the Explorers dipped to 0-2 and will now prepare for South Fork at home in Week 3 to open Prairie State Conference play.
The Raiders owned a 7-0 lead at the close of the first quarter, before the Explorers tied it up on a touchdown connection through the air between signal caller Trey Aguirre and Jesse Simmons in the second quarter.
Penalties began to rack up for Marquette in the third quarter and the Raiders erupted to score the remainder of their points in the third quarter.
In the fourth quarter, the Explorers had a 70-yard TD called back due to a penalty and they lost Aguirre due to cramping, forcing them into a wildcat offensive scheme. Aguirre is expected to be back vs. South Fork. His injury is not serious.