O’FALLON 44, GRANITE CITY 34 — Granite City freshman Freddie Edwards rushed for 324 yards on 24 carries with four touchdowns, but his effort wasn’t enough to help the Warriors beat the Panthers on Friday at Kevin Greene Field.
Granite City dropped to 3-3 overall and 2-2 in Southwestern Conference play. The Warriors are 0-2 at home and will play their final home game of the season at 7 p.m. next Friday against Alton (0-6 overall and 0-4 in SWC).
Granite City led 28-21 after the first quarter before O’Fallon (3-3 overall and 2-2 in SWC) came back to take a 35-28 halftime lead it didn’t relinquish.
Edwards now has 14 touchdowns this season. He scored seven TDs since he took over quarterback duties for injured Kendrick Williba on Sept. 16.
Also for Granite City, Richard Graham scored a touchdown, Kyle Thompson had 10 tackles, Ryan Earney finished with eight tackles and a fumble recovery, Brandon Bettag had seven tackles and a sack and Eugene Williba had an interception.
The game was delayed in the second half after tight end Adam Marmion injured his leg and was carried off the field by an ambulance.
HIGHLAND 26, CM 21 — The Eagles played the Bulldogs tight on the road Friday, but in the end they dropped their first Mississippi Valley Conference game.
With the loss, CM is now 4-2 and 2-1 in the MVC. Highland improved to 5-1 and 3-0.
The Eagles trailed 7-0 after one quarter and 14-7 at the break. They outscored the Bulldogs 14-12 in the second half, but it wasn't enough to pull out a win.
Camryn Gerhardt enjoyed touchdown runs of 55 and 40 yards, while Corey Price had a 1-yard scoring plunge.
Gerhardt had 135 yards on 9 carries in the game to accompany his two scores. The CM passing game never got off the ground, as quarterback Brayden Pierce had just one completion and was picked off twice.
The Eagles return to Lewis Hauser Field for Week 6, welcoming Waterloo (4-2, 2-1). The Bulldogs defeated Jersey 34-28 on Friday.
MOUNT OLIVE 26, MELHS 8 — The Knights will have to wait another week for a chance at that first elusive victory.
Mount Olive visited the MELHS campus Friday and nabbed a 14-0 lead and never looked back. The Wildcats led 14-8 at the break and scored 12 unanswered points in the third quarter.
The Knights are now 0-6 and 0-4 in the Prairie State Conference after Friday's loss. Mount Olive improved to 2-4 and 2-2 with the win.
Metro's lone score came in the second quarter on a 7-yard TD run by Vince Wilson. He also snuck in on the 2-point conversion attempt.
Mount Olive running back Jonathan Darrah had 3 TD runs and 189 yards rushing in the victory.
Earl Green paced the running game for MELHS with 131 yards on 9 carries.
The Knights return to action at 11 a.m. on Oct. 8, playing host to Marquette Catholic at Madison High School. The Explorers are 3-2 and 3-0 and play host to Bunker Hill at 7 p.m. Saturday night at Public School Stadium for their Week 6 game.