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Watseka QB DePatis Player of Week

The First Trust and Savings Bank in Watseka and Clifton Player of the Week (ending 9/15/12) is SENIOR DAULTON DEPATIS OF THE WATSEKA WARRIORS.

In a battle of previously undefeated clubs, the Watseka Warriors improved to 4-0, beating PBL 21-19 in a thrilling home opener at Blake Field.  QB Daulton DePatis played a key role, passing for 69 yards, while also rushing for 107 yards on just 12 carries, including 2 TD runs (33 and 2 yards).

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IL/IN HS Football 9/7-8

Watseka goes to 3-0 with a hard-fought 24-21 win at St. Thomas More.    Austin Blair rushing for 191 yards, and his 2ndstraight 4-TD game.

The Central Comets also go to 3-0, taming the Paris Tigers 49-7.  The Comets defense limited Paris to only 40 yards of offense, preying on 4 Paris turnovers.  Logan Gigl 154 yards rushing and a TD, Noah Frerichs with 2 TD runs.  Derrick Graham with several tackles, along with an interception and a blocked punt.

Peotone goes to 3-0, beating Herscher 34-13.  QB Jace Cowger rushed for 2 TDs, Danny Beresky with 93 yards rushing and a TD.

Coal City also is 3-0 after a dramatic 9-6 win over Manteno.  After missing an earlier PAT, the Coalers Lane Cowherd drilled a 22-yard FG with 6 seconds left for the victory.

PBL over Iroquois West 22-6.  Henry Gerritson a 5-yard TD run for the only Raider score.  Panther TDs from Weston Weber, Josh Hopkins, and Drew Schrodt, as PBL goes to 3-0.

Also Friday, Thornton over Bradley-Bourbonnais 18-7.  Reed-Custer shut out Dwight 26-0.  Mark Harper with 2 TD passes and a TD run.  Wilmington over Westmont 41-0.  Chris Tworek with 2 TDs, Mike Wolfe with 1, as the 2 Wildcats combined for 235 yards rushing.  And Brother Rice 30, Bishop McNamara 25.  Jonnie Evans 105 yards rushing, Dalton Major with 2 short TD runs.

In Indiana, Winamac beat S. Newton 42-20.  Tri-County 24, Frontier 6.  Pioneer 20, Caston 6.  And West Central beat North White 48-0 to go to 4-0.  Michael Hamilton with 162 yards rushing and 3 scores. 

Some Friday games had to be postponed to Saturday due to severe weather.  Among those were West Lafayette beating Benton Central 28-21 in Indiana.  Back in Illinois, Kankakee took out Solario Academy 42-0.  Bismarck-Henning all over Milford-Cissna Park 41-6, Jake Rogers 2 yd TD run the only Bearcat score.  And Momence lost at St. Joseph-Ogden 34-6, DeAndre Wright limited to 101 yards and a 4 yard TD run.

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Watseka's Blair Player of the Week

The First Trust and Savings Bank in Watseka and Clifton Player of the Week for the week ending 9/8/12 is SENIOR AUSTIN BLAIR OF THE WATSEKA WARRIORS.

One of the area's leading rushers and scorers, Austin has been a key leader in Watseka's 3-0 start, all the wins coming on the road.  He began the year with 200 yards rushing and 2 TDs at Robinson...then in game 2 at Paris, he ran for another 4 TDs...then in a hard-fought win at St. Thomas More on 9/7, Austin rushed for 191 yards and 3 TDs on 29 carries, and also caught an 11 yard TD pass, making that back-to-back 4-touchdown games.

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IL/IN HS Football 8/31/12

Many shutouts and lopsided wins in week 2 of Illinois high school football, we start with Bishop McNamara shutting out St. Ignatius 47-0.  Jonnie Evans and Dalton Major combined for 364 yards rushing and 6 TDs.

Bradley-Bourbonnais shut down Kankakee 35-0.  Colin Holderman with 149 yards passing and 2 TD passes, while Jarrod Ware had 2 TD runs.

The Momence Redskins, ranked #4 in the AP Class 2A poll, wiped out Chicago Christian 56-12.  DeAndre Wright scored 5 TDs, and had 316 rushing yards, giving him the Momence and area career rushing mark with 4,630 yards.

Jason Morgan had 4 TDs to lead Manteno to a 41-14 win over Reed Custer.  Peotone got by Seneca 27-20.  Joey Janutis had 2 TDs, one on a kickoff return.  While Danny Beresky also had 2 TDs, one of them on a pick-6. 

Iroquois West goes to 2-0, shutting out Blue Ridge 38-0.  Henry Gerritson rushing for 134 yards, and 2 TDs, one on a 73-yard kickoff return for a score.

Watseka wiped out Paris 49-21.  Daulton DePatis 130 yards rushing and 1 TD, Tanner Martin had a pick-6, and Austin Blair added 65 yards rushing and 4 TDs of his own.

Milford all over Broadlands Heritage 55-6 to go to 2-0.  The Bearcats’ Josh Marquez rushed for 162 yards, and 2 TDs.  QB Jacob Marquez threw for 127 yards, and 3 TD passes.  Also 3 TD runs by Devon Laubscher.

Elsewhere, Wilmington shut out Sandwich 27-0.  Coal City shut out Dwight 41-0.  And Lisle beat Herscher 27-17. 

Central wiped out Salem 55-0 in a lightning-shortened game from 9/1/12. 
J.R. Caspary threw 3 TD passes, Logal Gigl rushed for 135 yards and 2 scores.

As for Indiana Week 3, it was Class A #6 ranked Pioneer all over S. Newton 62-3.  Fountain Central all over Riverton Parke 65-6, Michael Duane with 3 TDs and a safety.  Tipton over Benton Central 47-7. West Central over Tri-County 61-6. Winamac 42, North White 32.  Caston 41, Frontier 6.  And  North Newton easily over Calumet 48-13, Chad Schultz rushed 20 times for 246 yards and 5 TDs.   

Join us Friday Sept. 7 for more Dralle's High School Football.  Our feature game will be Watseka @ St. Thomas More, with phone updates from Paris @ Central.  Here on 94.1FM, WGFA.

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IW's Gerritson Player of Week

The First Trust and Savings Bank in Watseka and Clifton Player of the Week for the week ending 9/1/12 is SENIOR HENRY GERRITSON OF THE IROQUOIS WEST RAIDERS.

One of the key senior leaders for Coach D.J. Harris' Raiders, Henry has played a big part in the Raiders' 2-0 start, both wins coming on the road. On Sat. 8/25 at Eureka, he had 7 carries for 85 yards, with 2 TD runs in the Raiders' 20-8 victory. Then he followed it up on Friday 8/31 at Blue Ridge with 9 carries for 134 yards rushing, with a 19 yard TD run, and even returned a kickoff 73 yards for another score in the Raiders' 38-0 win.