A strong ground game, some key passing, and a few breaks helped the Milledgeville Missiles pull the upset of the season Friday night, as they defeated the Aquin Bulldogs 30-26 in Freeport.
Daniel Walker ran for 193 yards and two touchdowns, and led the defense with eight tackles (seven solo) as the Missiles (2-5, 2-4 NUIC Upstate) jumped out to a 22-0 halftime lead and hung on for the win.
Milledgeville ran for 309 yards, with Jordan Harris adding 38 rushing yards and a TD and 89 passing yards and a scoring strike to Kolton Morgan.
“We ran the football pretty well, something we haven’t been able to do, really, all year,” Milledgeville coach Jason Wroble said. “We didn’t pass for a lot, but we had some key passes when we needed them.
“And, we got a little lucky. Our defense was good, and Aquin had a couple of scores taken off the board with penalties. We made the plays to win the game, and they couldn’t.”
Walker scored 14 seconds into the game, then added a second scoring scamper at the 6-minute mark of the first half. Harris’ TD run 5:10 before halftime made it 22-0 at the break.
Aiden Chang passed for 180 yards and four touchdowns, and his 2-yard strike with 5:20 to play pulled Aquin (5-2, 5-2) within 22-20.
But Harris answered with his TD pass to Morgan with 3:20 to play, and the Missiles held on after Chang’s final scoring strike with 1:34 remaining.
“This is a big win for us, a real stepping stone,” Wroble said. “These seniors, who have worked their butts off the last few lean years but still stuck with it, they earned and deserved this one tonight. Hopefully, this is a big confidence boost for the rest of this season, and we can pick up where we leave off next year.”
Fulton 57, Riverdale 6: Devin Kuehl scored three touchdowns and Ethan Jones accounted for three to lead the Steamers to the lopsided Three Rivers North home win over the Rams.
Kuehl had TD runs of 55 and 10 yards, and had a 21-yard TD reception from Jones, who also had a 59-yard TD toss to Jason Osborn and a 30-yard pick-six.
Austin Regenwether had 2 and 1-yard TD runs, and Jack Lemke added a 19-yard TD run.
Rockridge 41, Morrison 7: The Mustangs fell behind 41-0 to the state-ranked Rockets in the Three Rivers crossover matchup at Morrison.
Rockridge rushed for 242 yards and outgained the Mustangs 358-140. Morrison’s only TD was Andy Bird’s 5-yard run with 4:05 to play.
Eastland-Pearl City 61, Durand 6: The Wildcatz led 34-0 after one quarter and romped to the NUIC Northwest win on homecoming at Pearl City.
Eric Schaney rushed for 157 yards and Shawn Larak 90 for EPC. Deven Heeren was 6-for-6 for 139 yards and four touchdowns. Donny Groezinger had four catches for 96 yards and rushed for 64 yards.
The Wildcatz limited Durand to three first downs and 81 yards.
Polo 42, Orangeville 6: The Marcos (3-4, 3-3 NUIC Upstate) blew out the Broncos at home, keeping their playoff hopes alive.
East Dubuque 43, AFC 6: The Raiders hung tough for a half before the Warriors scored 22 points in the third quarter to put the NUIC Upstate win away in East Dubuque.
East Dubuque’s Kyle Schultz rushed for 144 yards and three touchdowns. AFC’s lone score was a 25-yard pass from Jacob Hilliker to Troy Mairs.