Locals litter all-NUIC South squad
The NUIC South released its 2019 all-conference team this weekend, and 16 local players received first-team honors.
On offense, five area players were unanimous picks: running backs Aiden Sullivan of West Carroll and Austin Norman of Amboy-LaMoille, Eastland-Pearl City lineman Eli Dertz, Amboy-LaMoille receiver Marcus Winn, and West Carroll tight end Michael Popkin.
Defensively, area unanimous selections were West Carroll defensive lineman Kody Sipe, EPC linebacker Braeden Heeren, and defensive backs Popkin and Winn.
Other offensive first-teamers were EPC running back Logan Krell and lineman Bryson Sturtevant and West Carroll lineman Zach King. On defense, lineman Dertz, linebacker King, Milledgeville linebacker Marcus McKenna, and EPC defensive back Travis Kaney were also first-team selections.
Second teamers were EPC offensive lineman Wyatt Hammer, EPC defensive lineman Sturtevant, West Carroll linebacker Sullivan and Amboy-LaMoille linebacker Sean Fitzpatrick, Milledgeville defensive back Ryan Kendall, AFC punter Xavier Contreras, and AFC utility player Peyton Lanning.
Honorable mention picks on offense were West Carroll QB Derek Tracy, OL John McCombie and C Alex Mull; and EPC WR Braydin Preston and TE Carson Clouse. On defense, EPC DL Hammer, AFC DL Sam Lauer and DB Rodney Ramirez, Milledgeville LB Damon Miller, Amboy-LaMoille kicker Maxim Ryjov, and West Carroll DB Jackson Miller.
Wildcats topple Illini in Champaign
Andrew Marty ran for 111 yards and two touchdowns while passing for another, and Northwestern upset Illinois 29-10 on Saturday at Memorial Stadium.
Former cornerback Coco Azema had 123 rushing yads and two scores on just seven carries as the Wildcats notched their first Big Ten win of the season.
Illinois quarterback Matt Robinson, a sophomore starting in place of Brandon Peters (out with a concussion), was 8-for-17 passing for 108 yards. Leading rusher Reggie Corbin carried the ball 7 times for minus-10 yards. Dre Brown carried 5 times for 17 yards and the Illini’s only touchdown.
Badgers win axe, earn trip to title game
Jack Coan delivered two momentum-shifting touchdown passes in the snow for No. 13 Wisconsin, Jonathan Taylor added three touchdowns to his FBS-leading total, and the Badgers forcefully took back Paul Bunyan’s Axe to win the Big Ten West Division with a 38-17 win over No. 9 Minnesota in Minneapolis.
Quintez Cephus caught five passes for 114 yards, including a 47-yarder for a score midway through the third quarter that gave Wisconsin a 17-7 lead. Coan connected with Taylor for a 28-yard touchdown strike late in the second quarter that gave the Badgers the lead after a slow start, sending them to the Big Ten championship game.
Tanner Morgan passed for 296 yards and two touchdowns for the Gophers. They watched their dream season take a painful hit from their oldest rival after ending a 14-game losing streak to the Badgers a year ago with a 37-15 victory at Wisconsin.
Minnesota was seeking to go undefeated at home for the first time since 1954, but the Badgers reasserted their recent dominance by taking home the traveling trophy for the 22nd time in the last 25 seasons.
Buckeyes blow out rival Wolverines
J.K. Dobbins ran for four touchdowns, Justin Fields threw four scoring passes, and No. 2 Ohio State beat No. 10 Michigan 56-27 on Saturday in Ann Arbor for a school-record eighth straight win in the series.
Dobbins rushed for 211 yards on 31 carries. Fields was 14-for-25 for 302 yards.
Michigan’s Shea Patterson was 18-for-41 for 305 yards and a touchdown, but he also threw an interception and lost a fumble. Head coach Jim Harbaugh fell to 0-5 in the rivalry, and the Wolverines lost to Ohio State for the 15th time in 16 years.