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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.

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IL/IN HS Football 8/25/12

Recapping Week 1 of Illinois High School Football, Momence took out Oregon 40-21, and who else, but DeAndre Wright the star of this one.  289 yards rushing, 4 TD runs, and catching 1 TD pass.  Aaron Cantwell also with 2 TD passes for the Redskins.

The Central Comets get a big road win, 42-19, over one of Class 4A’s ranked teams, Prairie Central.  Addison Bounds of the Hawks passed for just over 200 yards and 3 TD passes, but many contributors for the Comets, including Noah Frerichs’ 85 yard kickoff return for a TD, along with a pick and recovering an onside kick.  Logan Gigl 154 yards rushing and a TD run.  And QB J.R. Caspary 112 yards passing and a TD pass in his first varsity start.

Watseka gets a road win in Robinson 25-6.  Austin Blair 200 yards rushing and 2 TDs, Austin Kidwell with 3 sacks and a 79 kickoff return for a score.

Bishop McNamara over Kankakee 49-12.  Jonnie Evans and Dalton Major combined for 215 yards and 6 TDs.

Milford-Cissna Park 41, Oakland 7.  Josh Marquez with a TD run and TD pass, Jake Rogers 117 yards rushing and a TD, and Beau Anderson with 118 all purpose yards and a TD run.

Coal City 13-12 over Wilmington.  The Wildcats missed a game-tying extra point with just over a minute left.  The Coalers’ Jack Dibble and Nate Natyshok each with a TD

Elsewhere, Bradley Bourbonnais 27, Plainfield North 22….Plano 41, Reed Custer 0….Herscher 27, Westmont 13….Peotone 36, Dwight 6……and Manteno over Lisle 34-22, QB Ryan Sample with 336 yards passing and 3 TD passes.

Also Saturday afternoon, Iroquois West beat Eureka 20-8.  Henry Gerritson with 2 TD runs, QB Keaton Zirkle with 1.

And in week 2 in Indiana, the S. Newton Rebels clobbered Frontier 47-0.  Austin Drinski with 2 TD runs, and passed for a 3rd, Nathan Bishop also with 2 socres, and Levi Hall with an 80-yard interception return for a score. 

Benton Central beat Seeger 42-7.  Garrett Gray rushed for 2 TDs, and caught 2 of the 4 TD passes from Brandon Rooze.  Also North Newton lost to Rensselaer Central 56-7.  Pioneer 42, Winamac 14….West Central 41, Caston 20.

Join us Friday Aug. 31 for more Dralle's High School Football.  Our feature game will be Broadlands Heritage (East Central) @ Milford-Cissna Park, along with phone updates of Iroquois West @ Blue Ridge.

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Momence's Wright Player of Week

The First Trust & Savings Bank in Watseka and Clifton Player of the Week (for the week ending 8/25/12) is SENIOR DEANDRE WRIGHT OF THE MOMENCE REDSKINS

After spectacular sophomore and junior seasons, DeAndre’s senior year is already off to a flying start.  In Momence’s season opening win over Oregon, he rushed for 289 yards on 28 carries… scored 4 rushing touchdowns of 3,5,3, and 14 yards… and also caught 1 TD pass of 12 yards, giving him 70 touchdowns for his career, cracking the top 20 list for Illinois High School Football.