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High School Football News - 2009 Season


Metamora Redbirds Vs. Rochester Rockets - November 21, 2009
Class 4A Semi-final

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Metamora's Dan Burk (13) breaks up Sean Robinson's pass intended for Matt Bane (18) in the end zone in late first half action. 
Robinson connected with Bane for a touchdown with 3.8 seconds left in the game to boost the Rockets to within one at 41-40.  But the Redbirds defense came up tough and held off Robinson's keeper for the two point conversion for the semi-final win.   Robinson committed to Purdue in July.

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Michael Fay (15), the Redbird's quarterback, led Metamora's rushing with 115 Yards and three TDs.  Fay described the game as crazy.  "It could have easily been us not making it to Champaign", Fay commented.  "Our defense stepped up and punched them out of it."
Metamora (12-1), defending 4A champions,  will meet the Geneseo Maple Leafs (11-2) in the 4A championship game this weekend in Champaign.


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The Rocket's Colton Glazebrook (27, above) led all rushing with 153 yards in 17 carries.
"I thought we played our best offensive game of the year," Redbird head coach Pat Ryan stated.  "We were fortunate to win the game."
Metamora finished second behind the Washington Panthers in the Mid-Illini Conference, with their only loss to the Panthers in the conference opener.

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Washington Vs. Sterling Golden Warriors - November 7, 2009
Class 5A Play-off - 2nd Round

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Washington's Justin Riley (24) is tripped up by Golden Warriors Aaron Harts (55) in third quarter action.
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Panther's quarterback Isaac Fisher completes a pass to wide receiver Andrew Watson (83) in the fourth quarter.

Washington (11-0) advanced to the third round of the class 5A play-offs with a 28-21 win over the Sterling Golden Warriors.  The Panthers will face Joliet Catholic (9-2) on November 13th in Joliet.

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Connor Underwood (55) tackles Sterling running back Corey Hartz (25) in third quarter action.
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Isaac Fisher (7), picks off Drew Neubauer's fourth down pass with 6:00 left in the game.
The Panthers were down two touchdowns when Fisher completed a 30 yard pass to Andrew Watson with 9:44 left in the second quarter to close the gap to 14-7.   Fisher's six yard TD pass to Izaguirre with 38.1 seconds left in the half tied the game at the break.  In the second half, Washington's defense took over and held the Golden Warriors to one more score, while the offense put up two more TDs for a final score of 28-21.

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Washington Vs. Park Forest -Rich East - October 31, 2009
Class 5A Play-off - 1st Round

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Washington's Justin Riley (24) is stopped by Park Forest's Darryl Anthony (15) in second quarter action at Babcook Field in Washington on Saturday, October 31st.  Riley rushed for 135 yards and scored three touchdowns in the Panther's 42-0 Regional play-off win over the Rockets.  Washington extended their winning streak to 10-0 after winning the Mid-Illini Conference.
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Isaac Fisher (7), Washington's  sophomore quarterback, scores the Panther's final touchdown for a 42-0 first round play-off victory over the Park Forest-Rich East Rockets.  The Panther's defense put together another shut-out performance to set up a second round meeting with Sterling (7-2) at Babcook Field next Saturday. 

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2009 Final Mid-Illini Football Conference Standings

Won

Lost

Washington 7 0
Metamora 6 1
Dunlap 5 2
East Peoria 4 3
Morton 3 4
Pekin 2 5
Limestone 1 6
Canton 0 7

Washington Vs. East Peoria - October 16, 2009

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Washington's Randy Bertelsen (58) puts a stop on East Peoria running back Jeff Peterson (5) in second quarter action.  The Panthers held on for a 10-0 win over the East Peoria Raiders who held Washington scoreless for three quarters.



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The Washington Panther's extended their winning streak to eight and held on to the top spot in the Mid-Illini Conference after defeating the East Peoria Raiders 10-0 on Friday, October 16th at Babcook Field. The Panther's Ryan Grebner (22) is shown above attempting to break up Steve Wallace's pass to Alex Cline (24).  Cline pulled down the pass at the Washington 12 yard line for a first down late in the game, but the Raiders were unable to score.

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Washington Vs. Morton - October 9, 2009

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D. J. Zahn
(7) led Morton's rushing with 56 yards in a 36-7 losing effort against the conference leading Washington Panthers on Friday, October 9th at Carper Field in Morton.  The Potter's record dropped to 3-3 in the conference and 3-4 overall.  Colton Underwood led Washington's rushing with 134 yards.

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The Washington Panthers stayed at the top of the Mid-Illini Conference with a road win over the Morton Potters on Friday, October 9th. Panther running back Justin Riley (24) is shown above on a 7 yard touchdown run in the second quarter.  Washington is 6-0 in the conference and 7-0 overall, facing East Peoria next Friday.

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Washington Vs. Pekin /  East Peoria Vs. Dunlap - October 3, 2009

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Justin Riley
(24) scores on a 64 yard run with 11:48 left in the second quarter.  Riley ran for a total of 160 yards in ten carries.  The Panthers scored 41 points in the second quarter and defeated the Pekin Dragons 57-13 to stay alone at the top of the Mid-Illini Conference standings.
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East Peoria's Andrew Wallace connects with Shane Moses (12) for a first down with Dunlap's Caleb Miller (26) defending.  Moses' catch set up a Raider's touchdown on a three yard run by Nick Joseph for a 12-7 half time lead.  East Peoria missed on both two point conversion attempts.
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The Eagles Nicholas Mangieri (25) takes Logan Schrader's pass 73 yards for the winning touchdown and a final score of 13-12 over the East Peoria Raiders in their home coming game.  Schrader passed for 220 yards and was 12 of 28 with one interception.

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Washington Vs. Dunlap - September 18, 2009

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Dunlap's Caleb Miller (26) led the running game with eight carries for 28 yards in the Eagles 31-2 loss to the Washington Panthers in Mid-Illini Conference play on September 18th at Babcook Field in Washington.   Dunlap quarterback Logan Schrader was 12 of 24 for 132 yards with one interception.
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Justin Riley
(24) carries the ball to the three yard line to set up his three yard touchdown run for the Panther's first score with 10:50 left in the first quarter.  Riley gained 112 yards in 13 carries and followed Colton Underwood, who had 130 yards in 14 rushes and two TDs in Washington's 31-2 Mid-Illini Conference win.
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Washington Vs. Metamora - September 4, 2009

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Washington's Isaac Fisher (7) hands off to Colton Underwood (35) in the Panther's 28-7 win over the Metamora Redbirds.  Washington ended the Redbird's 35 game conference winning streakFisher threw for over 200 yards and three touchdowns.

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The Panther's Colton Underwood (35) tackles Metamora running back Aaron Peters (47).   Peters led the Redbird's rushing in their first loss to the Panthers since 1994.  Washington's defense held the Redbird's to 200 yards total offense to 346 yards for the Panthers.

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Morton Vs. Sterling - August 28, 2009

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Morton's D.J. Zahn (7) rushed for 59 yards in the Potter's season opening 15-30 loss to the Sterling Golden Warriors at Carper Field in Morton on Saturday, August 28th.  Zahn was on the receiving end of two completions for 12 yards and scored one touchdown.

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Tyler Lundeen
(10) runs the ball in for a two point conversion with 3:06 left in the game.   Lundeen was 6 of 13 for 90 yards and no interceptions in the Potter's loss to Sterling. 

 

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