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Big games from Walker, Harris lead Milledgeville past AFC

Missiles end on high

Ethan Ditzler is wrapped up by a pair of Warren players Friday night. Photo by Chris Johnson
Ethan Ditzler is wrapped up by a pair of Warren players Friday night. Photo by Chris Johnson

Daniel Walker ran for 256 yards and three touchdowns in his final game, Jordan Harris scored touchdowns four different ways, and the Milledgeville Missiles closed the season with an emphatic 62-27 victory over the AFC Raiders in Franklin Grove.

Walker’s first two TD runs answered AFC scores, and Harris, who passed for 113 yards, threw a pair of first-half scoring strikes to Caleb Skoog as the Missiles (3-6, 3-5 NUIC Upstate) took a 30-13 lead into halftime.

Harris opened the second half with an 80-yard kickoff return touchdown, then followed Walker’s third scoring scamper with a pick-six at the 8:53 mark of the third quarter to make it 50-21. Devin Biller added a touchdown run 1:21 later for a 56-21 lead, then Harris capped the scoring with a TD run midway through the fourth period.

Jake Chapman ran for 118 yards to lead the Raiders (1-8, 1-7), and Jacob Hilliker threw for 53 yards.

Warren 14, Polo 8: The Marcos’ playoff prospects looked good at halftime, as the Marcos led 8-6. But a late touchdown by the Warriors, then a late stop by the Warren defense sealed Polo’s fate.

Brad Cavanaugh’s short touchdown run answered a Warren (3-6, 3-5 NUIC Upstate) score on its opening possession, and the two-point conversion gave the Marcos (4-5, 4-4) the lead.

But after the Warriors took the lead late, they stopped a Polo drive by inches on a fourth down try with less than a
minute to play to hold on for the victory, and deny the Marcos a fifth win that would have all but assured a playoff berth.

Riverdale 16, Morrison 8: The Rams’ 16-point second quarter proved too much for the injury-plagued Mustangs to overcome in a Three Rivers North road loss.

Andy Bird scored a third-quarter TD for Morrison (2-7, 1-5), and Noah Blacklock ran in the two-point conversion.

But Terry White led the charge for Riverdale (2-7, 2-3), scoring both second-quarter TDs and also running in both two-point conversions. His scoring runs of 5 and 35 yards led the Rams to their second straight win, and a tie for fourth in the conference.

West Carroll 26, Durand 16: The Thunder closed the season with a win, racking up 371 total yards in a balanced effort on the road.

West Carroll (3-6, 2-5 NUIC Northwest) ran for 172 yards and passed for 199, with Shaun Magill accounting for 255 of those yards and all four Thunder touchdowns. He ran in from 26 and 2 yards, and also threw a 38-yard TD pass to Marshall Benters and a 25-yard scoring strike to Brandon Sturtevant.

The Thunder led 14-0 at halftime, then answered a third-quarter TD pass by Durand (0-9, 0-7) with two fourth-quarter scores.

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