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High School Football News - 2019 Season


Morton Potters Vs. Joliet Catholic Academy
November 2, 2019 - Week #10 - Morton, IL
 
Morton's Seth Glatz (20), carries the ball in the second quarter with the Potters trailing Joliet Catholic 14-0.Morton's Seth Glatz (20), carries the ball in the second quarter with the Potters trailing Joliet Catholic


 
 
Riley Richards finds Bobby Hines (88) for a Potter first down in the second quarter with the Potters trailing Joliet Catholic 14-0.  

Home field advantage for the Morton Potter's wasn't enough to overcome the offensive punch and stingy defense of the Joliet Catholic Academy Hillmen in round one of the class 6A play offs on Saturday, November 2, 2019.

The Hillmen's running back, Kenyetta Williams (20), was good for four (4) TDs while Morton's number twenty, Seth Glatz, could only manage one trip to the end zone in the 42-7 rout.  Joliet's quarterback, Aidan Voss (11), scored on a keeper and Ja'Aire Mack's (4) TD run rounded out their scoring.

Morton ends their season with a 7-3 overall record. The Hillmen improved to 7-3 and move on to round two hosting Mt. Zion (9-0) who defeated Dunlap 24-21 in week #2.

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Mid-Illini - Week #10 Conference Overall
Team W-L % W-L %
Dunlap Eagles 6-1 0.857 7-3 0.700
Pekin Dragons 6-1 0.857 6-4 0.600
Washington Panthers 5-2 0.714 6-4 0.600
Morton Potters 5-2 0.714 7-3 0.700
Metamora Redbirds 3-4 0.429 4-5 0.444
Canton Little Giants 2-5 0.286 4-5 0.444
Limestone Rockets 1-6 0.143 2-7 0.222
East Peoria Raiders 0-7 0.000 0-9 0.000
Mid-Illini - Week #10 Results   Scores
Home Team (W/L) Visiting Team (W/L) Home  Visitor
Dunlap Eagles (L) Rock Island (W) 18 28
Richards (Oak Lawn) (W) Washington Panthers (L) 20 16
Thornton (Harvey) (W) Pekin Dragons (L) 35 19
Morton Potters (L) Joliet Catholic (W) 7 42

 

 
Dunlap Eagles Vs. Morton Potters
 October 25, 2019 - Week #9 - Dunlap, IL

Seth Glatz (20) pulls in a Riley Richards pass with Seth Haley (22) defending at the end of the first half.

Dunlap had a chance to close out the regular season all alone at the top of the Mid-Illini Conference standings, but the Morton Potters reshuffled things with a 49-20 upset of the Eagles at Dunlap on Friday, October 25, 2019.  Five of Morton's seven touchdowns were by sophomore Seth Glatz (20), four of which were on the ground (one for 63 yards) and an end zone pass with :00.0 on the clock at the end of the first half (see above photo). 

Morton quarterback Riley Richards (7) scored on a 53 yard keeper and Christian Schlehuber (40) picked off a Jackson Chatterton (1) pass, carrying it 29 yards to round out Morton's scoring.

Casey Erickson (17) scored on a four yard pass from Chatterton to bring the Eagles within one at 7-6 after a missed point after kick in the second quarter.  With one minute left in the half, Eagles running back Isaiah Curry (12) scored on an 18 yard run to trail the Potters 21-12.  Curry would strike again on a four yard run in the third and after a two point conversion run by Chatterton, they were down 28-20, wrapping up scoring for Morton.

In the post-season, Dunlap (7-2 overall) will host Rock Island (7-2) in the 6A play offs this Saturday.  Class 5A Joliet Catholic (6-3) will travel to Morton to meet up with the Potters also on Saturday.

The Eagles loss and Pekin's win over Limestone put them in a two way tie with Dunlap for the conference title at 6-1 each.  The win for the Potters and Washington's win over East Peoria gave them each a 5-2 conference record and a tie for third in the Mid-Illini.

Washington will play Oak Lawn Richards in a 5A match up on Friday and Pekin travels to Harvey Thornton Saturday for the 7A play off opener.

For those that are counting, that is four Mid-Illini, and three Tazewell County teams in the play offs.  Click HERE to see all game photos.

Mid-Illini - Week #9 Conference Overall
Team W-L % W-L %
Dunlap Eagles 6-1 0.857 7-2 0.778
Pekin Dragons 6-1 0.857 6-3 0.667
Washington Panthers 5-2 0.714 6-3 0.667
Morton Potters 5-2 0.714 7-2 0.778
Metamora Redbirds 3-4 0.429 4-5 0.444
Canton Little Giants 2-5 0.286 4-5 0.444
Limestone Rockets 1-6 0.143 2-7 0.222
East Peoria Raiders 0-7 0.000 0-9 0.000
Mid-Illini - Week #9 Results   Scores
Home Team (W/L) Visiting Team (W/L) Home  Visitor
Dunlap Eagles (L) Morton Potters (W) 20 49
East Peoria Raiders (L) Washington Panthers (W) 14 49
Limestone Rockets (L) Pekin Dragons (W) 20 42
Canton Little Giants (L) Metamora Redbirds (W) 25 34


Washington Panthers Vs. Metamora Redbirds
October 18, 2019 - Week #8 - Washington, IL
The Washington Panthers handed the Metamora Redbirds their fourth loss in a row at Babcook Field in Washington on Friday, October 18, 2019, eliminating the Redbirds from the playoffs in a 38-0 shut-out.  Washington's 4-2 conference record puts them in a tie for third place with Morton, trailing 6-0 Dunlap and Pekin (5-1).  The Panthers face the East Peoria Raiders (0-6 / 0-8) this Friday at East Side Center, needing a win to make the playoffs.  The Redbirds travel to Canton meeting the Little Giants (2-4 / 4-4) who are hoping to break a two game losing streak.  In the above photo, Washington's Jesse Williams (42) carries the ball in late third quarter action.  Click HERE to see all game photos.
Mid-Illini - Week #8 Conference Overall
Team W-L % W-L %
Dunlap Eagles 6-0 1.000 7-1 0.875
Pekin Dragons 5-1 0.833 5-3 0.625
Washington Panthers 4-2 0.667 5-3 0.625
Morton Potters 4-2 0.667 6-2 0.750
Metamora Redbirds 2-4 0.333 3-5 0.375
Canton Little Giants 2-4 0.333 4-4 0.500
Limestone Rockets 1-5 0.167 2-6 0.250
East Peoria Raiders 0-6 0.000 0-8 0.000
Mid-Illini - Week #8 Results   Scores
Home Team (W/L) Visiting Team (W/L) Home  Visitor
Dunlap Eagles (W) Canton Little Giants (L) 21 20
Pekin Dragons (W) East Peoria Raiders (L) 44 0
Washington Panthers (W) Metamora Redbirds (L) 38 0
Morton Potters (W) Limestone Rockets (L) 62 28


Metamora Redbirds Vs. Pekin Dragons
October 11, 2019 - Week #7 - Metamora, IL

The Pekin Dragons took their three game win streak to Metamora Friday night to face the Redbirds who were looking to turnaround losses in their two previous games. 

The Redbirds interrupted the Dragons offense early when Ryan Begole (15) picked off a Wyatt Van Ness pass and returned it 54 yards to the end zone to lead the Dragons 7-0.  Just 24 seconds later, Van Ness shook of the interception and completed a pass to Sebastian Hill (10) for a 69 yard scoring run, still trailing the Redbirds 7-6 after a missed extra point (above photo). 

After Metamora missed a field goal attempt early in the second quarter, Van Ness connected with Hill again on an 82 yard play for a touchdown,  a two point conversion and a 14-7 Pekin lead at the half.

While the Dragon's defense kept the Redbird's offense in check, Van Ness threw two more touchdown passes, one to Dallas Haynes (25), a three yard play, and Kaleb Houston (11), a 60 yarder.  Dragons 28, Redbirds 7 after three periods.

Metamora opened up the scoring in the fourth when Connor Willerton (13) hit Connor Lopez (12) for a 38 yard touchdown to trail the Dragons 28-14.  Then, with 1:14 left in the game, Hill carried for 14 yard touchdown and the 35-14 win over the Redbirds.

Pekin put up 400 yards in total offense with 227 passing and 173 rushing.  Van Ness was 5 of 15 with four TDs and two interceptions.  Metamora posted 289 total yards.  Willerton was 17 of 28 with one TD and 1 interception. 

Hill would lead Dragon's with 184 total yards followed by Devin Tovrea (7) with 91 yards and Kaleb Houston (11) with 60 yards.  The Redbird's offensive leader was Lopez with 82 total yards, then Willerton with 69 yards, Bryce Bishop (30) with 59 yards, Drew Vicary (21) 52 yards and Ashton Roe (1) with 20 yards.

Pekin stays in second in the Mid-Illini at 4-1, trailing Dunlap (5-0) who defeated Limestone.  Metamora slipped to fifth at 2-3.  The Dragons host East Peoria next and Metamora travels to Washington.  Click HERE to see all game photos.

Mid-Illini - Week #7 Conference Overall
Team W-L % W-L %
Dunlap Eagles 5-0 1.000 6-1 0.857
Pekin Dragons 4-1 0.800 4-3 0.571
Washington Panthers 3-2 0.600 4-3 0.571
Morton Potters 3-2 0.600 5-2 0.714
Metamora Redbirds 2-3 0.400 3-4 0.429
Canton Little Giants 2-3 0.400 4-3 0.571
Limestone Rockets 1-4 0.200 2-5 0.286
East Peoria Raiders 0-5 0.000 0-7 0.000
Mid-Illini - Week #7 Results   Scores
Home Team (W/L) Visiting Team (W/L) Home  Visitor
Limestone Rockets (L) Dunlap Eagles (W) 26 38
Metamora Redbirds (L) Pekin Dragons (W) 14 35
Canton Little Giants (L) Washington Panthers (W) 7 35
East Peoria Raiders (L) Morton Potters (W) 20 54

Morton Potters Vs. Metamora Redbirds
October 4, 2019 - Week #6 - Metamora, IL

Above: Morton's Seth Glatz (20) breaks loose from the Metamora defense for a 58 yard touchdown run early in the third quarter for a 14-0 Potter's lead.

Morton's Seth Glatz (20) was the star in an offensive show for the home crowd,  rushing for 297 yards  of the Potters 365 total yards Friday night hosting the Metamora Redbirds.  Glatz scored four of the Potter's five TDs in 33 carries, one for 68 yards, in their 35-7 win over the Redbirds.  At the half, the Potters lead 7-0 on a Glatz five yard TD run.  Morton opened up the second half with a 58 yard scoring run by Glatz just 1:45 in, followed up by a fourth and one 18 yard run by Glatz for another score with 2:14 left in the third - 21-0 Potters.  With 32.4 seconds left in the third quarter, the Redbirds Solomon Schwarz (7) connected with Ryne Begole (15) for a 27 yard TD to trail the Potters 21-7.  Glatz would strike again 1:54 into the fourth quarter on a 68 yard run and an Ollie Steffen (5) interception of Schwarz was returned for the final Potter's score and the 35-7 win.  For the Metamora, Jake Welsh (3), Zach Poston (25) and Connor Willerton (13) teamed up for 96 rushing yards.  Schwarz was 8 of 13 for 61 yards and Willerton was 5 of 7 for 30 yards.  Morton's Riley Richards (7) was 3 of 6 for 7 yards and eight carries for 42 Yards.  Ashton Everding (15) ran for 20 yards.  Morton (2-2, 4-2 overall) will be in East Peoria (0-3, 0-5) next Friday and the Redbirds (2-2, 3-3) host number two Pekin (3-1, 3-3).  click HERE to see all game photos.

Mid-Illini - Week #6 Conference Overall
Team W-L % W-L %
Dunlap Eagles 4-0 1.000 5-1 0.833
Pekin Dragons 3-1 0.750 3-3 0.500
Washington Panthers 2-2 0.500 3-3 0.500
Morton Potters 2-2 0.500 4-2 0.667
Metamora Redbirds 2-2 0.500 3-3 0.500
Canton Little Giants 2-2 0.500 4-2 0.667
Limestone Rockets 1-3 0.250 2-4 0.333
East Peoria Raiders 0-4 0.000 0-6 0.000
Mid-Illini - Week #6 Results   Scores
Home Team (W/L) Visiting Team (W/L) Home  Visitor
Dunlap Eagles (W) East Peoria Raiders (L) 42 28
Pekin Dragons (W) Washington Panthers (L) 26 21
Morton Potters (W) Metamora Redbirds (L) 35 7
Limestone Rockets (L) Canton Little Giants (W) 14 30


Metamora Redbirds Vs. Dunlap Eagles
September 28, 2019 - Week #5 - Metamora, IL

Above: Metamora's Zach Poston (25), dives across the goal line for the Redbird's first score with 8:34 left in the fourth quarter for a 7-0 lead over the Dunlap Eagles.

Playing dirty took on a whole new meaning Saturday at Malone Field in Metamora when the Dunlap Eagles paid a visit to the Redbirds for a show down of two top Mid-Illini teams.  Heavy rain Friday night forced a postponement of numerous games in the area and made play on natural turf, like Malone, challenging and messy.  For three scoreless quarters, both teams played some tough defense.  But 3:26 into the fourth, Metamora's Zach Poston made his second trip into the end zone, this time for six after his earlier 51 yard TD run was nullified by a holding penalty.  Redbirds lead 7-0.  With 5:23 to go, Jackson Chatterton connected with Casey Erickson for the Eagles first score making it 7-7.  Then it was Mitchell Gore's run to the Redbird's four yard line that set up Matt McQuellon's winning field goal for a 10-7 Eagles victory.  Gore had 14 carries for 55 yards leading the Eagles rushing.  Chatterton was 10 of 18 for 155 yards and added 42 yards rushing.  The Redbirds had 168 yards rushing split between Zach Poston (64 yards) and Connor Willerton (104 yards).  Willerton went 5 of 11 for 34 yards with two interceptions. Connor Lopez had three receptions for 27 yardsThe win put the Eagles at the top of the Mid-Illini with a 3-0 record, 4-1 overall.  The Redbirds dropped to 2-1 in the conference in a three-way tie for the second spot with Washington and Pekin and 3-2 overall. Click HERE to see all game photos.

Mid-Illini - Week #5 Conference Overall
Team W-L % W-L %
Dunlap Eagles 3-0 1.000 4-1 0.800
Metamora Redbirds 2-1 0.667 3-2 0.600
Washington Panthers 2-1 0.667 3-2 0.600
Pekin Dragons 2-1 0.667 2-3 0.400
Morton Potters 1-2 0.333 3-2 0.600
Canton Little Giants 1-2 0.333 3-2 0.600
Limestone Rockets 1-2 0.333 2-3 0.400
East Peoria Raiders 0-3 0.000 0-5 0.000
Mid-Illini - Week #5 Results   Scores
Home Team (W/L) Visiting Team (W/L) Home  Visitor
Metamora Redbirds (L) Dunlap Eagles (W) 7 10
Washington Panthers (W) Morton Potters (L) 42 28
Canton Little Giants (L) Pekin Dragons (W) 8 48
East Peoria Raiders (L) Limestone Rockets (W) 12 27


Dunlap Eagles Vs. Washington Panthers
 September 20, 2019 - Week #4 - Dunlap, IL

Above: Panthers linebacker, Tim Malinowski (96, right), tackles Dunlap's Isaiah Curry (12) while Brock Skaggs (49, left) goes for the ball in third quarter action. 

The Washington Panthers met up with the Dunlap Eagles on Friday, September 20, 2019, at Dunlap for Mid-Illini Conference game number two for each team.  It was a slow start with a scoreless first quarter before offense kicked in with a 63 yard pass from Jackson Chatterton to Casey Erickson for the Eagles first score.  Chatterton struck again, this time to Gabe Calhoun, with a 29 yard pass - 14-0 Eagles.  With 7.1 seconds on the clock, it was Brady Klein's turn and the Panthers are on the board with a 13 yard strike to Rylan McQueary - 14-7 Dunlap at the half.  The Panthers received the kick to open the second half and took the ball on the 20 yard line where Brady Klein went work with an 80 yard TD run to tie it up at 14 just thirteen seconds into the half.  Chatterton would find Calhoun again, this time for a 49 yard TD pass - 21-14 Eagles.  With 2:12 left in the third, Brady Klein's run to the end zone would be called back on a blocking penalty.  But the Panther's Cole Watkins six yard trip to the end zone would tie it up a 21 with 10:22 left in the game.  That was plenty of time for the Eagles and Chatterton would score on a 10 yard run to set the final at 28-21 Dunlap.  Chatterton was 13 of 16 for 281 yards and three TDs with another 46 yards rushing.  Mitchell Gore led the Eagles ground game with 47.  The Panthers Cole Watkins lead rushing with 157 yards.  Klein was 3 of 7 for 58 yards and one TD plus 114 yards rushing.  Dunlap's 388 total yards just edged out Washington's 362.  Washington takes their 1-1 conference record to Morton (1-1) next Friday while Dunlap (2-0) travels to Metamora (2-0).  Click HERE to see all game photos.


Metamora Redbirds Vs. East Peoria Raiders
September 13, 2019 - Week #3 - Metamora, IL
The East Peoria Raiders (0-2) came to Metamora (1-1) on Friday the 13th with a full moon facing a potent Redbird offense with their starting quarterback on the bench with an injury.  The Redbirds scored early and the Raiders answered with a touchdown late in the first quarter for a 7-7 tie.  But the Redbirds got their offense rolling and put up four TDs in the second to lead 35-7 at the half.  Trailing 49-7, the Raiders picked up some momentum from a safety in seconds into the fourth and a TD two minutes and 17  seconds later to trail 49-15.  Each team would score again for a final score of 56-23 improving Metamora's record to 2-1.  They will travel to Limestone (1-2) and East Peoria will host Canton (2-1).  In the above photo, Raider's Kenyun Carlton (22) runs down Metamora's backup quarterback, Solomon Schwarz (7) in first quarter action.  Click here to see all game photos.

Washington Panthers Vs. Bellville West Maroons
September 6, 2019 - Week #2 - Washington, IL
The Washington Panthers hosted the Bellville West Maroons Friday, September 6th in a non-conference match-up at Babcook Field.  The Panthers trailed the Maroons 23-0 until Cole Watkins (22) made the end zone with 6:25 left in the third quarter (Top photo).  With the Maroons leading 33-27 late in the fourth quarter, the Panthers moved the ball to the two yard line with .2  of a second on the clock, setting up a pass from Brady Klein to Ryan McQueary who scored giving Washington a 33-32 win over the Bellville West.  "Our guys didn't stop believing," said Coach Darrell Crouch. "We got some success in the late second quarter on offense and the defense stepped it up."  The win takes the Panthers record to 1-1 with their conference opener at home against the Limestone Rockets on the 13th.

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