MARQUETTE 33, PAWNEE 28 — The Explorers climbed above the .500 mark on Friday at Public School Stadium with their win, improving to 3-2 overall and 3-0 in the Prairie State Conference.
It took until the final minute of the game for Marquette to pull out the victory. The Explorers pulled out a little trickery as sophomore running back Treven Swingler tossed a 29-yard touchdown pass to junior wide receiver John Blachford on a 3-and-13 play, proving to be the game winning score.
Marquette overcame 13 penalties and Pawnee's quarterback Kolten Behrent throwing four TDs to earn the win.
Swingler also picked up rushing TDs of 14 and 5 yards in the game. D'Avion Peebles led the rushing attack on the night, rumbling for 45 and 89-yard scoring runs.
Marquette will welcome Bunker Hill to Alton at 7 p.m. on Saturday during Week 6.
CM 44, MASCOUTAH 7 — David Lane was the jack of all trades on Friday for the Eagles in Mascoutah, supplying highlights on offense, defense and special teams in the victory.
With the win, CM is now 4-1 overall and 2-0 in the Mississippi Valley Conference.
Lane threw a 29-yard touchdown pass, ran back a 50-yard punt for a score and had two interceptions on defense. He also had a 40-yard reception for the longest passing strike of the game.
CM led 17-0 at half and won the turnover battle in the game 5-0 over the Indians.
Corey Price contributed TD runs of 14 and 3 yards, while Camryn Gerhardt scored on a 3-yard run, Colin Overmeyer punched in a 5-yard score and quarterback Brayden Pierce scrambled in on a 1-yard TD.
Trevor Panyik kicked a 30-yard field goal to round out the scoring for the Eagles.
JaQuan Adams and Austin Eaton also snagged interceptions in the win.
Next week CM will head to Highland for a big MVC showdown.
EDWARDSVILLE 49, BELLEVILLE EAST 13 — The Tigers remained perfect in 2016 Friday on the road, running their record to 5-0 overall and 3-0 in the Southwestern Conference.
EHS led 28-0 at halftime at East. Sophomore running back Dionte Rodgers rumbled for four touchdowns in the opening half, the longest going for 61 yards. Rodgers finished the game with 144 yards on 14 carries to accompany the 4 TDs.
Other scores for the Tigers included: a 15-yard TD passing connection between Brenden Dickmann and Daval Torres, a 46-yard TD run by Kendall Abdur-Rahman and a 97-yard kickoff return by Dayleon Harris.
Edwardsville won the game despite losing the turnover battle 3-0 to the Lancers.
The Tigers return home for a huge contest in Week 6, welcoming the East St. Louis Flyers to the District 7 Sports Complex.
GREENVILLE 47, ROXANA 14 — The Shells were mathematically eliminated from the playoffs on Friday with their loss at Greenville. They are now 0-5 on the season and inside the South Central Conference.
Roxana jumped out to a 6-0 lead to start the game. After recovering an onside kick to jump start things, Joey Johnson scored on a 40-yard touchdown run. Unfortunately the PAT failed and the Comets scored on a kickoff return on their opening drive.
The other score for the Shells came on a 78-yard fumble recovery by Mason Nash. For the game Nash had four tackles and two fumble recoveries.
Roxana won the turnover battle 4-3 on the night. Ethan Arnold had one of them with an interception.
Arnold also had four solo tackles and two assists. Ryan Harris had five solo tackles and one assist, too.
Johnson led the offense with 9 carries for 60 yards on the ground.
Roxana returns home in Week 6 looking to climb into the win column against Litchfield.
O'FALLON 56, ALTON 28 — The Redbirds took a 6-0 lead over the Panthers Friday on the road and later led 28-27 in the third quarter, but couldn't make it hold up.
Alton dipped to 0-5 and 0-3 in the Southwestern Conference with the loss, knocking them out of playoff contention.
Quarterback Taylor Price started the scoring for the Birds with a 26-yard touchdown run. OTHS' Mason Hewitt took the ensuing kickoff and rumbled 92 yards into the end zone though.
Kiondray Samelton plunged in on a 3-yard score for Alton after setting it up with an 83-yard run, while Ahmad Sanders had a 7-yard TD reception from Price for AHS' other offensive score.
The Redbirds' other score came on a 79-yard interception return by Jonathan Bumpers.
Alton also got a safety in the game when O'Fallon was called for intentional grounding in its own end zone.
In the end it was big plays by the Panthers that did in the Birds.
Samelton paced the rushing attack with 11 carries for 100 yards, while Sanders had 4 catches for 58 yards to lead the receiving corps and Price was 7-of-22 through the air for 77 yards a TD and a pick.
Alton plays host to Collinsville in Week 6 at Public School Stadium, searching for its first victory of the season.