Eric Schaney ran for 152 yards and three touchdowns, and the Eastland-Pearl City Wildcatz remained undefeated with a 34-21 road victory over the Lena-Winslow Panthers on Friday night.
Le-Win (3-2, 3-1 NUIC Northwest) scored first, but the Wildcatz had the answer. EPC (5-0, 4-0) scored the next three touchdowns to take control, with Schaney’s 8-yard run sandwiched between a pair of 31-yard Deven Heeren-to-Skylar Paulson scoring strikes.
After the Panthers cut the deficit to 21-14 on a TD pass in the final 20 seconds of the first half, the Wildcatz again responded. Schaney’s 3-yard TD run with 3:30 left in the third quarter made it a two-score lead again, then his 42-yard scoring scamper with 1:57 left in the game came on the heels of a Panther scoring pass with 4:04 to go and sealed the victory.
Donny Groezinger added 67 rushing yards and 66 receiving yards for EPC, and Heeren finished 5-for-9 passing for 134 yards.
Luke Schubert led Le-Win with 74 rushing yards and 79 receiving yards.
Rockford Lutheran 48, Oregon 14: The Hawks were overmatched on the road, falling behind 41-7 by halftime in a Big Northern West loss.
James Robinson ran 20 times for 253 yards and five touchdowns, and he added a 31-yard touchdown reception from Kendall Lawson (142 passing yards) as Lutheran (4-1, 2-1) bounced back from last week’s loss to Winnebago.
Chris Jordan (11 carries, 34 yards; 1 catch, 80 yards) and Nick Newman (13 carries, 58 yards) scored for Oregon (2-3, 0-2), and Sawyer Reynolds led the Hawks with 61 yards on 15 rushes. Tyler Blume threw for 82 yards on 2-for-7 passing, with 80 of it coming on a scoring strike to Jordan with 4:16 left in the first quarter.
Aquin 18, Polo 6: After a scoreless first half, the Marcos drew first blood in Freeport, but couldn’t keep the Bulldogs down after the break.
Brody Grobe connected with Brian Cavanaugh on a 41-yard scoring strike in the third quarter to give Polo (2-3, 2-3 NUIC Upstate) a 6-0 lead.
But Aquin (4-1, 4-1) answered with third-quarter scores from Aiden Chang, one a 9-yard pass and the other a 4-yard run. Chang then threw a 75-yard TD pass in the fourth quarter to seal the deal.
River Ridge 35, Milledgeville 20: The Missiles were only outscored 21-20 in the last three quarters in Hanover. The first quarter was an issue.
Austin Durr scored the first of his three touchdowns in the first quarter for the Wildcats (4-1, 4-1 NUIC Upstate) before Daniel Walker got the Missiles (1-4, 1-3) back within a score with a 2-yard TD run. The point after failed, and the Wildcats took the ensuing kickoff 80 yards back to the house to lead 21-6 at the half.
Durr added another score for a 28-6 lead. Jordan Harris’ 3-yard touchdown pass to Garrett Kness early in the fourth, followed by Devin Biller’s 5-yard touchdown run late, made things interesting at 28-20.
After the Missiles forced a three-and-out, earning a shot at tying the game, River Ridge returned a game-sealing interception back to the Milledgeville 1.
Harris finished 14-for-40 for 88 yards with two interceptions. Walker rushed 17 times for 74 yards, and Durr racked up 183 yards on 20 carries.
Dakota 22, West Carroll 14: After hanging around against the Indians, the Thunder fell short in an NUIC Northwest game in Savanna.
Shaun Magill’s 68-yard touchdown pass to Trevor Jones answered Drew Zellmer’s second-quarter scoring scamper, but Zellmer added another TD run 2 minutes after the West Carroll score.
Austin Cashman’s 1-yard plunge put Dakota (2-3, 2-2) ahead 22-8 with 3:45 left in the game, all but sealing the win.
Magill scored from 1 yard out with 1:14 to play to provide the final margin.
El Paso-Gridley 56, AFC 14: The Raiders slipped to 0-5 in a nonconference loss in Franklin Grove.