As heard on WHOW, the Clinton Maroons fell to the Central A&M Raiders by a score of 0-42 on Friday night. The Maroons were led by Garrett Wayne who was 3 of 13 passing for 13 yards, 1 interception, 10 carries for 51 yards. Tyrese Petty had 9 carries for 35 yards. Braden Cross was the Nate Ennis State Farm Player of the Game with 1 sack.
The Raiders were led by Conner Heon with 6 carries for 52 yards, 1 touchdown, was 7 of 13 passing for 130 yards, and 1 touchdown. Conner Hutchins had 7 carries for 97 yards, 1 touchdown, and had 3 catches for 75 yards.
The Maroons fall to 4-3 overall and 2-3 in the conference. The Raiders improve to 7-0 overall.
Tune in next week as Clinton takes on Sullivan for senior night. You can hear the game live on the Big 1520 AM/92.3 FM/106.5 FM WHOW, online at dewittdailynews.com, on the WHOW app, and on Amazon Alexa.
Shelbyville 37, Meridian 21, F
Sullivan-Okaw Valley 6, Decatur St. Teresa 56, F
Tuscola 40, Warrensburg-Latham 7, F
Pontiac 7, Monticello 59, F
Bloomington Central Catholic 28, Rantoul 14, F
Illinois Valley Central 33, St. Joseph-Ogden 12, F
Prairie Central 48, Olympia 7, F
Tolono Unity 42, Champaign St. Thomas More 30, F
Effingham 48, Taylorville 6, F
Mahomet-Seymour 20, Charleston 12, F
Mt. Zion 43, Lincoln 7, F
Champaign Central 27, Peoria 64, F
Normal Community 22, Danville 19, F
Peoria Manual 6, Normal West 35, F
Peoria Richwoods 43, Urbana 20, F
Central State Eight
Chatham Glenwood 48, Normal U-High 0, F
Decatur Eisenhower 32, Springfield Sacred Heart-Griffin 68, F
Jacksonville 55, Springfield Southeast 41, F
Springfield 27, Rochester 69, F
Springfield Lanphier 7, Decatur MacArthur 40, F
Argenta-Oreana 58, Decatur LSA 28, F
Cerro Gordo-Bement 34, Blue Ridge 12, F
Sangamon Valley 13, Arthur-Lovington-Atwood-Hammond 44, F
Tri-County 20, Arcola 62, F
Dunlap 26, Limestone 38, F
Morton 54, East Peoria 20, F
Pekin 35, Metamora 14, F
Washington 35, Canton 7, F
Athens 7, Maroa-Forsyth 21, F
Pittsfield 14, Petersburg PORTA 29, F
Pleasant Plains 14, Virden North Mac 36, F
Riverton 7, Auburn 61, F
Champaign Centennial 18, Dolton Thornbridge 28, F
Tri-Valley 27, Heyworth 20, F
El Paso-Gridley 14, Knoxville 46, F
Fisher 30, Dee-Mack 24, F
LeRoy 0, Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley 42, F
Fieldcrest 43, Ridgeview 0, F
As heard on WEZC Friday night, Chris Brown returned the opening kick-off 80 yards for a touchdown and Monticello scored on every possession of the first half and raced past Pontiac 59-7 in Illini Prairie Conference football action.
Nic Tackels connected on touchdown passes of five yards, 31 yards and 68 yards in the first half. None of his seven passes hit the ground as he finished 7-for-7 for 119 yards.
Brown rushed 10 times for 152 yards with three touchdowns. He ran for scores of 23, 41 and 63 yards.
Matt Kerr caught two touchdown passes and hauled in six total passes for 100 yards.
Kolton Knuffman caught a 31 yards touchdown pass.
In the second half, Joey Sprinkle ran for a 12-yard touchdown.
The Sages improve to 5-2 overall and Pontiac drops to 1-6.
Monticello travels to Prairie Central next Friday night. Game time is 7 pm. Hear all the action on 95.9 FM WEZC and online at dewittdailynews.com.
The Clinton Maroons are looking to get back in the win column tonight when they hit the road for week 7 action in the Central Illinois Conference.
To do so, they'll have to go through the third ranked team, Central A&M in Moweaqua this Friday night. Weeks 5 through 7 were going to be a gauntlet for the Maroons, with their opponents, Tuscola, Decatur St. Teresa and Central A&M all ranked. While Tuscola has fallen out of the rankings, the Maroons would like to grab a victory this week and Coach Chris Ridgeway says A&M will throw the ball with a big offensive line to protect their quarterback.
Coach Ridgeway says some might be pleased to hear they are going to go with a new offensive formation this week...
Tonight's action kicks at 7 pm. Hear the action on 92.3 FM/106.5 FM WHOW and online at dewittdailynews.com.
Central Illinois Conference Week 7 Matchups
Clinton at Central A & M
Shelbyville at Meridian
Sullivan-Okaw Valley at Decatur St. Teresa
Tuscola at Warrensburg-Latham
Off a tough 33-28 loss to Unity last Friday night, the Monticello Sages return home to host Pontiac in week 7 Illini Prairie Conference high school football tonight.
Monticello had a shot at the win as they were driving with under 90 seconds to play. Despite a late fumble that ended the drive and the game, head coach Cully Welter says his team took a huge step forward against a Unity team that he thought was one of two teams that could've won the conference this year.
The next two weeks, Monticello takes on two solid 4A programs in Pontiac and then Prairie Central. Entering the week 4-2, Coach Welter is focused on getting his team to their fifth win to qualify for the playoffs.
Tonight's action from Monticello kicks at 7 pm. Hear all the action on 95.9 FM WEZC and online at dewittdailynews.com.
Illini Prairie Conference Week 7 Matchups
Pontiac at Monticello
Bloomington Central Catholic at Rantoul
Illinois Valley Central at St. Joseph-Ogden
Prairie Central at Olympia
Tolono Unity at Champaign St. Thomas More
Other high school football week 7 matchups
Effingham at Taylorville
Mahomet-Seymour at Charleston
Mt. Zion at Lincoln
Bloomington at Peoria Notre Dame (Sat.)
Champaign Central at Peoria
Normal Community at Danville
Peoria Manual at Normal West
Peoria Richwoods at Urbana
Central State Eight
Chatham Glenwood at Normal U-High
Decatur Eisenhower at Springfield Sacred Heart-Griffin
Jacksonville at Springfield Southeast
Springfield at Rochester
Springfield Lanphier at Decatur MacArthur
Argenta-Oreana at Decatur LSA
Cerro Gordo-Bement at Blue Ridge
Sangamon Valley at Arthur-Lovington-Atwood-Hammond
Tri-County at Arcola
Villa Grove-Heritage at Toledo Cumberland
Dunlap at Limestone
Morton at East Peoria
Pekin at Metamora
Washington at Canton
Athens at Maroa-Forsyth
Pittsfield at Petersburg PORTA
Pleasant Plains at Virden North Mac
Riverton at Auburn
Williamsville at New Berlin
Non-Conference high school football....
Champaign Centennial at Dolton Thornridge
Tri-Valley at Heyworth
El Paso-Gridley at Knoxville
Fisher at Dee-Mack
LeRoy at Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley
Fieldcrest vs. Ridgeview
The Fighting Illini haven't put up much resistance during their three-game losing streak, giving up nearly 39 points per game to Eastern Michigan, Nebraska and Minnesota.
The Wolverines have a shot to put together a feel-good performance as they did in a 52-0 win over Rutgers two weeks ago. Michigan may need a boost of confidence, coming off a 10-3 victory against Iowa in which it was held scoreless over the last three quarters.
Illinois' best chance to pull off an upset, or at least keep the game close, may be tied to a trend.
The Illini lead the Big Ten with nine forced fumbles and eight recoveries. Michigan, meanwhile, has lost seven fumbles to rank 13th in the conference and among the worst in major college football.
Illinois quarterback Brandon Peters, a graduate transfer from Michigan, left last week's loss at Minnesota with an upper-body injury and it isn't clear if he will be healthy enough to face his former teammates.
If Peters isn't cleared, Matt Robinson will likely start in his place. The sophomore was 15 of 29 for 125 yards in his first extended opportunity to play last week in relief of Peters.
Illinois is unveiling a larger-than-life bronze statue of Dick Butkus, who helped the program win the 1964 Rose Bowl before going on to have a Hall of Fame career as an all-time great NFL linebacker.
Game time Saturday is 11 am and can be seen on ABC.
Illinois State will begin a two-game road swing this weekend, when the No. 13 ranked Redbirds (3-2, 0-1 MVFC) travel to Carbondale, Illinois, to face off against the Southern Illinois Salukis (2-3, 0-1 MVFC) in a crucial MVFC matchup for both squads early in the season.
The Salukis have lost their last seven games versus ranked FCS opponents, with the last win over a ranked team coming on Oct. 14, 2017, when SIU beat No. 15 Illinois State, 42-7.
Illinois State currently sits at No. 13 in the FCS Coaches Poll and at No. 14 the STATS FCS Top 25. Five MVFC teams are ranked in the polls this week, including North Dakota State (No. 1), South Dakota State (No. 3), Northern Iowa (10), Illinois State (13) and Youngstown State (17). The Redbirds have been ranked in every poll so far this season, with a high ranking of No. 6 in the FCS Coaches Poll.
Game time is 6 pm from Saluki Stadium.
Eastern Illinois was stopped just short of the goal line as time expired on Saturday afternoon as the Panthers just missed a potential game-tying touchdown during a 24-17 loss at Murray State. The loss dropped EIU to 0-6 on the season, 0-2 in the OVC.
Eastern will look to pull off the upset this Saturday with Jacksonville State entering the weekend at 4-2 overall, 1-1 in the OVC.
JSU has won the last five OVC regular-season titles including five straight wins over EIU to take a 10-6 all-time series lead. EIU won back-to-back games over JSU in 2012 & 2013 as the Panthers claimed back-to-back OVC championships. Since JSU joined the OVC in 2003, the two schools have won a combined 13 conference titles with the Gamecocks winning eight and the Panthers five.
Game time Saturday is noon from Charleston. You can hear all the action on The Big 1520 AM/92.3 FM/106.5 FM WHOW and online at dewittdailynews.com.
The Chicago Bears head into the bye week off a disappointing loss to the Oakland Raiders in London last Sunday.
The loss dropped the Bears to 3-2, but also a game back of the Packers who improved to 4-1 overall with a big win on the road in Dallas.
The Packers will take Sunday off before a Monday night matchup with division rival Detroit on Monday Night Football.
>>Blues Rally Past Senators
Anders Nilsson stopped 31 shots in his first start of the season as Ottawa fell to the Stanley Cup champion St. Louis Blues 6-4 on Thursday night.
David Perron's second goal of the game proved to be the winner for the Blues. The goal was also Perron's 200th NHL goal.
Oskar Sundqvist, Jay Bouwmeester, Brayden Schenn also scored for the Blues. Ryan O'Reilly had a goal and three assists and Jake Allen made 25 saves in his season debut.
Vitaly Abramov, Artem Anisimov, Chris Tierney and Anthony Duclair scored for the Senators (0-3-0), who are off to their worst start after losing three straight games in regulation.
Perron broke a 4-all tie with less than five minutes remaining and O'Reilly sealed the win with an empty-net goal.
The Blues are at Montreal on Saturday night.
>>Sharks Drop Blackhawks
Patrick Marleau scored two goals in his first game back with San Jose, and the Sharks beat the Chicago Blackhawks 5-4 on Thursday night for their first victory of the season.
Barclay Goodrow snapped a third-period tie and Brent Burns scored his 200th career goal for San Jose, which opened with four consecutive losses. Kevin Labanc also scored, and Dylan Gambrell had two assists.
Goodrow was all alone in the slot when Joe Thornton threw the puck in front 4:47 into the third. The Blackhawks pushed hard for the tying goal in the final seconds of their home opener, but came up empty.
Andrew Shaw had two goals for Chicago, which hadn't played since its season-opening loss to Philadelphia in Prague last Friday. Dominik Kubalik scored his first NHL goal, and Dylan Strome had a goal and an assist in the opener of a seven-game homestand.
The 40-year-old Marleau tied it at 2 when he redirected Erik Karlsson's power-play shot past Corey Crawford with 17 seconds left in the first period. Marleau added another tying goal with 2:14 remaining in the second, making it 4-all when he knocked home a rebound.
The Blackhawks host the Winnipeg Jets on Saturday night.
The latest high school football top 10 rankings were released Tuesday night.
In Class 2A where Fieldcrest took over number one two weeks ago, things remain largely unchanged. Fieldcrest, Clifton Central, Maroa-Forsyth and GCMS come in at 1 through 4 while Decatur St. Teresa enter the top 5 after a big win over Clinton Friday night.
Knoxville, Newman Central Catholic, Bismarck-Henning are 6 through 8 and Auburn and West Carroll enter the top 10 at nine and ten, respectively.
In Class 1A, Lena-Winslow and Forreston come in at a tie atop the rankings while Central A&M comes ranked third. Anawan-Weathersfield, Morrison, Ottawa Marquette, and Aquin come 4 through 7. The top seven in 1A are all undefeated. Camp Point Central, Athens and Hope Academy round out the top 10.
In Class 3A, 1-4 remains unchanged this week, with Wilmington topping the rankings followed by Williamsville, Byron, and Beardstown. Vandalia and Nashville flip at 5-6. Fairfield and Pana hold their positions and 7-8 and Princeton and Eureka flip place at 9-10 in 3A.
IC Catholic tops the 4A standings and 1-5 remains unchanged with Rochester, Coal City, Richmond-Burton and Stillman Valley falling in. Mt. Zion moved up the rankings to No. 6 followed by Columbia, Effingham, St. Francis and Genoa-Kingston. IVC dropped out of the top 10 in 4A this week despite clinching the Illini Prairie Conference this week.
East St. Louis remains atop the 5A rankings.
In 6A, Chatham-Glenwood remains atop the rankings while Crete-Monee holds at No. 2. The rest of 6A saw a shakeup from top to bottom, as Normal West remains ranked, coming in at No. 10 despite a loss to Indianapolis Bishop Chatard this past week in Indianapolis.
In 7A, Chicago Mt. Carmel holds at No. 1 and Lincoln-Way East received all 11 first-place votes in 8A.
A pair of winner-take-all Game 5s will decide the two NL Division Series.
First, the Atlanta Braves host the St. Louis Cardinals at 5:02 p.m. EDT. Then, it’s the Washington Nationals at the Los Angeles Dodgers beginning at 8:37 p.m. The winners meet in the best-of-seven NL Championship Series starting Friday.
Things will get settled in Atlanta — not necessarily a good omen for the home team. Over the years, the city has been the place where opponents come to celebrate in October, and St. Louis certainly hopes to continue that trend.
Atlanta has lost nine straight postseason rounds starting with a five-game setback to Arizona in the 2001 NLCS. The Braves are one series loss from equaling an ignominious record set by the Chicago Cubs, who dropped 10 postseason rounds in a row between 1908 and 2003.
The pitching matchup will be a rematch of Game 2, when Atlanta’s Mike Foltynewicz outdueled Jack Flaherty of the Cardinals for a 3-0 victory.
Nine visiting teams eliminated the Braves at their previous ballpark, Turner Field — with the Cardinals doing it twice. The move to SunTrust Park in 2017 didn’t change Atlanta’s fortunes. Last season, the Braves were closed out at home by the Dodgers in Game 4 of the NLDS.
If you're a high school football coach, gameplan for a wet night Friday.
That's the message from the National Weather Service in Lincoln and meteorologist Chris Miller indicates a front will move through that will bring rain throughout the day and into the evening.
Miller says right now the storm center is keeping an eye on the possibility of storms forming that could stretch from Illinois and Indiana down to Mississippi and Louisiana.
Prolific passing offenses like Maroa-Forsyth, Monticello, Tuscola, and IVC could be impacted if field conditions deteriorate.
Yadier Molina pushed the Cardinals to a deciding Game 5 of the NL Division Series, poking a tying single in the eighth inning and then lifting a sacrifice fly in the 10th to beat the Braves 5-4 Monday.
Kolten Wong led off the St. Louis 10th with a ground-rule double against Julio Teheran. After Goldschmidt was intentionally walked, Wong advanced on Marcell Ozuna's forceout and easily scampered home on Molina's fly to the front of the warning track in left field.
Ozzie Albies homered and drove in three runs for Atlanta, and Acuna Jr. had four hits. But the NL East champions went 0 for 9 with runners in scoring position, a continuing problem in the postseason over the past two years.
The Braves left the bases loaded in the sixth and seventh. Acuna was stranded on third when Josh Donaldson flew out in the ninth.
Ozuna homered twice for St. Louis, and Goldschmidt also connected. But the NL Central champions were four outs from a second straight difficult loss before Molina delivered down the stretch.
Carlos Martinez gave St. Louis a lift after Acuna led off the ninth with a double, retiring three in a row. The closer took the loss Sunday when he gave up three runs in the ninth.
Game 1 starter Miles Mikolas worked the 10th for the win.
Dansby Swanson had two hits and scored twice for Atlanta, which has dropped its last nine postseason rounds - just one off the major league record held by the Chicago Cubs. It is trying to advance to the franchise's first NL Championship Series since 2001.
Game 5 will be Wednesday back in Atlanta. The Cardinals will have ace Jack Flaherty on the mound, and the Braves will go with Mike Foltynewicz.
The PGA Tour is expanding its live video coverage of The Players Championship as far as it can go — every shot by every player in every round.
In a first for golf, and most likely the first step toward video access to every player at every tournament, The Players Championship will offer live streaming of all 144 players in the field.
Coverage will be available to “PGA Tour Live” subscribers on NBC Sports Gold or Amazon’s Prime Video channels.
The ambitious production will require about 120 cameras — some stationary, some hand-held and others part of the NBC Sports Group broadcast — to show shots that for the opening two rounds start at about 7:40 a.m. and end some 12 hours later.
Augusta National had video coverage of every shot from every player at the Masters this year, though it was available through a catalog of players chosen off its website. The difference at The Players is that every shot will be accessible live.
It’s up to the subscribers to choose whom they want to see.
PGA Tour Live for the last few years has had featured groups in the morning and afternoon that have live streaming, often the biggest names in the field that have consecutive tee times to make it easy for cameras to get to them.
That was expanded this season, with all domestic events in the fall having featured pairings for live streaming.
Now it’s every player, even those who might not be seen at all during a tournament.
The announcement Monday comes as the PGA Tour already is talking to media companies about a new television deal. The current arrangement ends after 2021, and consumption habits are changing rapidly.
Alex Pietrangelo scored the tiebreaking goal in the third period, leading the defending champion Blues to a 3-2 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Monday night.
Oskar Sundqvist and Brayden Schenn also scored and Jordan Binnington stopped 32 shots to help St. Louis improve to 2-0-1 this season.
On the decisive goal at 7:51 of the third, David Perron found a pinching Pietrangelo, who beat a down-and-out Frederik Andersen from a tight angle at the bottom of the faceoff circle for his second of the season. Pietrangelo also earned his 400th career point and 23rd game-winner to break a tie with Al MacInnis for the most by a defenseman in franchise history.
Frederik Gauthier and William Nylander scored for Toronto, which has dropped two straight (2-1-1). Andersen finished with 26 saves.
The Blues opened the scoring at 8:30 of the second when Sundqvist - the Blues' fourth-line center - moved in on Andersen and fired a slap shot from the top of the faceoff circle that defenseman Tyson Barrie tried to block with his stick.
The Maple Leafs tied it when Jason Spezza batted a puck out of the air to Gauthier, who banged in his second of the season with 8:26 left.
Fans at Scotiabank barely had a chance to sit back down when they were on their feet again 24 seconds later when Nylander finished off a beautiful passing play with Cody Ceci and Andreas Johnsson for his second.
The Blues are at Ottawa on Thursday night.
Dansby Swanson hit a tying double with two outs in the ninth inning and Adam Duvall delivered a two-run single as the Atlanta Braves rallied past the St. Louis Cardinals 3-1 on Sunday to take a 2-1 lead in the NL Division Series.
Atlanta had managed just four hits off Adam Wainwright and Andrew Miller before breaking through against closer Carlos Martinez. With runners on the corners, Swanson tied it at 1 with a drive off the wall in left.
Duvall, who entered in the eighth, then hit a liner into center field to put the Braves ahead to stay. It was his second big hit of the series after he connected for a pinch-hit homer in Atlanta's 3-0 victory Friday.
St. Louis wasted a terrific performance by Wainwright, who pitched 7 2/3 innings of four-hit ball in his first postseason start since 2014. The 38-year-old Georgia native and former Braves draft pick struck out eight and walked two.
In the age of bullpens taking over in October, Wainwright and Mike Soroka locked up in an old-fashioned pitchers' duel. But the relievers ultimately decided the game.
St. Louis jumped in front when Ozuna doubled in the second, advanced to third on Molina's grounder and scored on Matt Carpenter's sacrifice fly.
Game 4 is Monday at Busch Stadium. Atlanta needs one more win to advance to the NL Championship Series for the first time since 2001.
The Green Bay Packers went on the road Sunday afternoon and upset the Dallas Cowboys 34-24.
The Packers (4-1) built a 31-3 lead, although Dak Prescott (463 yards passing) and Amari Cooper (226 yards receiving) set career highs trying to keep things interesting in the fourth quarter.
The last hope for Dallas ended with 1:41 left when Brett Maher missed his second field goal - a 33-yarder that would have given the Cowboys a shot at an onside kick down seven.
Missing his biggest threat in Davante Adams because of a toe injury, Aaron Rodgers threw for 238 yards without an interception - to the delight of a large contingent of Green Bay fans that pulled off several ''Go Pack Go'' chants without much resistance from the home crowd.
Prescott, on the other hand, matched a career high with three interceptions, although the first was a drop by Cooper on what should have been a big play early.
The Cowboys (3-2) lost their second straight game and dropped into a tie with Philadelphia atop the NFC East after winning their first three, just as the Packers had done.
Green Bay, also coming off its first loss, took sole possession of first in the NFC North with Chicago's 24-21 loss to Oakland. The Packers opened the season with a win over the Bears.
Aaron Jones had a career-high 182 scrimmage yards - 107 rushing and 75 receiving - and opened the scoring with an 18-yard run after being held to 19 and 21 yards rushing the previous two weeks.
The Packers play Detroit at home next Monday night.
>>Raiders Upset Bears in London
Josh Jacobs scored his second touchdown of the game with a leap from the 2-yard line with 1:57 to play, capping a 97-yard drive that helped the Raiders rally after blowing a 17-point lead to beat the Chicago Bears 24-21 on Sunday night.
The Raiders (3-2) broke out to a 17-0 halftime lead only to fall behind the Bears (3-2) in a mistake-filled third quarter.
Then Oakland fumbled at the goal line when going in for the go-ahead score, needed a replay review to overturn a fumble on a successful fake punt on the game-winning drive and then intercepted Chicago backup Chase Daniel with 1:14 to go to seal the victory.
The Bears turned that turnover into a 1-yard run by David Montgomery and got two TD passes from Daniel to Allen Robinson in the third quarter to take a 21-17 lead.
A brilliant top-tapping sideline catch by Robinson and a roughing the passer penalty on Maurice Hurst that angered the Raiders and overturned an interception by Daryl Worley helped the Bears move the ball off the goal line.
Chicago pinned Oakland to the 3 with the punt before the Raiders responded with their longest game-winning drive in the fourth quarter in at least 20 years, aided by Erik Harris' 3-yard run on a fake punt after Chicago committed a running into the punter penalty on fourth-and-6.
David Carr completed a 23-yard pass to Foster Moreau on third-and-1 to get the ball deep and Jacobs finished it off as part of a big night from the player acquired with one of the draft picks Oakland got for Mack. Jacobs ran 123 yards and two scores against a defense that hadn't allowed 100 yards rushing to a single team all season.
Chicago gets a week off following the long trip and will host New Orleans on Oct. 20.
Joe Maddon will interview for the Los Angeles Angels’ managerial vacancy this week, a person familiar with the process told The Associated Press.
ESPN first reported the interview.
Maddon is considered the prohibitive front-runner to replace Brad Ausmus, who was fired after one season in charge. The Angels finished 72-90, their worst record since 1999.
Maddon spent 31 years employed by the Angels as a player and a coach throughout the organization. He was Mike Scioscia’s bench coach with the 2002 World Series champions before leaving for managerial jobs in Tampa Bay and Chicago, where he won the World Series in 2016. He was let go by Chicago on the final day of the regular season.
Despite the Cubs’ post-championship disappointments over the past three years, Maddon remains regarded as one of baseball’s top managers. His teams have made eight playoff appearances, including four straight in Chicago before this season’s 84-win team finished third in the NL Central.
As Kyle Larson stood atop his Chevy with a two-year winless streak behind him, perhaps his playoff victory Sunday at Dover International Speedway was indeed a preview of a championship celebration ahead.
The 27-year-old Larson has been oh-so close toward grabbing the checkered flag since his last win Sept. 9, 2017, in Richmond. Larson had nine runner-up finishes in the No. 42 Chevrolet over that span and won the $1 million NASCAR All-Star race this season.
He cashed in at Dover with the Monster Mile-stone win (it was the track’s 100th race) that earned him an automatic berth into the third round. Not only has Larson failed to win a title, long-time team owner Chip Ganassi has never won a NASCAR Cup Series championship, something that’s surely chapped an organization with handfuls of IndyCar titles.
Larson had four of his six career Cup wins in 2017 and Dover marked his first one in the playoffs. He led 154 laps late after Denny Hamlin faded from a dominant early run (he led 219 laps) in the No. 11 Toyota that opened the door for Larson. Playoff drivers took the top six spots: Martin Truex Jr. was second, followed by Alex Bowman, Kevin Harvick, Hamlin and Kyle Busch. Chase Elliott and reigning series champion Joey Logano both suffered serious blows to their championship runs with a rough start to the second round.
Truex won the spring race at Dover and didn’t have enough down the stretch to catch Larson and complete the season sweep.
Logano and Elliott both had their races ruined before the race even finished 10 laps. Logano failed to start the race because of a broken axle on the No. 22 Ford. He eventually hit the track more than 20 laps down and finished 34th.
Clint Bowyer and Ryan Blaney join Logano and Elliott as the bottom four drivers in the playoff field.
NASCAR heads to Talladega Superspeedway where Aric Almirola is the defending race winner.
Kevin Na made triple bogey without hitting into a hazard on No. 10. He went at the flag and found the water on the par-5 16th for a bogey to lose the lead for the first time all day.
Right when he looked to be out of chances, Na saved himself with a 25-foot par putt on the 17th, a 10-foot birdie to extend the playoff, and he won the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open when Patrick Cantlay made the worst mistake — the last one.
Cantlay, who gave up a one-shot lead by hitting 9-iron into the water on the par-3 17th, three-putted from 45 feet on No. 18 on the second extra hole for bogey. Na rolled in his 4-foot par putt to win in Las Vegas for the second time.
Cantlay took his first lead with a two-putt birdie on the 16th, only for his 9-iron to come up short and just far enough to the left that rolled down into the water. He still looked as though he would head to the final hole until Na made his 25-foot par putt.
Na won for the third time in the last 15 months, and third in as many seasons on the PGA Tour. He joined Jim Furyk as the only multiple winners in Las Vegas.
Even after his bogey on the 17th, Cantlay was poised to win in regulation when he hit the longest drive of the final round — 345 yards — and had only 113 yards left. But he could get no closer than 25 feet, and his putt hung on the right edge of the putt.
Cantlay, trying to win for the third time when facing a deficit of at least three shots, closed with a 68.
They finished at 23-under 261.
On the first extra hole, Na hit wedge to just inside 10 feet. Cantlay was just outside 10 feet — on the same line as his 25-foot birdie chance in regulation — and made it. Na poured his in, walking toward the hole before the ball dropped.
Cantlay came up well short on his approach to the 18th on the second playoff hole — his third time playing it in less than an hour — and his birdie putt came up well short.
Na set a record by making 559 feet of putts over four rounds, the most since the PGA Tour developed its ShotLink system of measuring every shot of every player. And he won with a 4-foot par.
Pat Perez closed with a 68 to finish alone in third, his best finish since he won in Malaysia two years ago.
Defending champion Bryson DeChambeau shot 63 and tied for fourth with Adam Hadwin (63) and Brian Stuard (67).
Meridian 23, Warrensburg-Latham 28, F
Central A&M 55, Shelbyville 13, F
Tuscola 56, Sullivan-Okaw Valley 13, F
Champaign St. Thomas More 18, Bloomington Central Catholic 45, F
Rantoul 7, IVC 49, F
St. Joseph-Ogden 13, Praire Central 33, F
Olympia 47, Pontiac 14, F
Lincoln 13, Mahomet-Seymour 6, F
Mattoon 0, Effingham 42, F
Taylorville 14, Mt. Zion 31, F
Bloomington 26, Normal Community 43, F
Champaign Central 27, Danville 52, F
Peoria 44, Peoria Richwoods 14, F
Peoria Notre Dame 63, Peoria Manual 14, F
Central State Eight
Decatur MacArthur 0, Chatham-Glenwood 48, F
Jacksonville 46, Springfield Lanphier 14, F
Normal U-High 56, Springfield Southeast 48, F
Rochester 61, Decatur Eisenhower 27, F
Springfield 54, Springfield Sacred Heart-Griffin 42, F
Heart of Illinois (Large)
Eureka 45, El Paso-Gridley 0, F
Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley 22, Tri-Valley 7, F
Dee-Mack 6, Fieldcrest 42, F
Heart of Illinois (Small)
Ridgeview 13, Tremont 22, F
Heyworth 23, Fisher 29
Arcola 48, Sangamon Valley 6, f
Argenta-Oreana 48, Villa Grove-Heritage 34, F
Arthur-Lovington-Atwood-Hammond 46, Cerro Gordo-Bement 0, F
Decatur LSA 26, Blue Ridge 6, F
Toledo Cumberland 33, Oakland Tri-County 34, F
Canton 30, Limestone 14, F
East Peoria 28, Dunlap 42, F
Metamora 7, Morton 35, F
Washington 21, Pekin 26, F
Athens 42, Pittsfield 0, F
New Berlin 55, Riverton 28, F
Petersburg PORTA 0, Maroa-Forsyth 56, F
Pleasant Plains 13, Williamsville 63, F
North Mac 7, Auburn 27, F
South Fulton 6, LeRoy 36, F
Normal West 8, Indianapolis Bishop Chatard 56, F
Trailing 28-27, Hank Cain plunged into the end zone from two yards out with 1:45 to give Tolono Unity their third and final lead of the night and forced a turnover with less than a minute left on a near-heroic play by Hayden Graham in a 33-28 win over Monticello in Illini Prairie Conference football action Friday night from Tolono.
Andrew Ellison drilled a 28-yard field goal to put the Sages ahead 28-27 but the Unity Rockets methodically moved the ball down the field on the ensuing possession. Cain found the end zone for the first time on the night with his 37th and final carry and the two yards were the biggest of his 224 rushing yards.
Monticello converted a 4th down and 11 to Matt Kerr. After an incomplete pass brought up 2nd and 10 with 38 seconds left, Nic Tackels hit Hayden Graham over the middle. Eluding tacklers, Graham was on his way down at the 33-yard line and lost control of the football and Unity recovered. Both teams were without timeouts and all the Rockets had to do was kneel on the football and time expired.
Monticello led 25-20 at the break, however, while leading 25-13 in the waning moments of the first half, a 38-yard touchdown from Unity quarterback Nate Reinhart to Jared Routh (ruth) got the Rockets within 25-20 despite what appeared to be an early start by the Unity receivers before the snap. In fact, some players on both sides of the ball appeared to briefly pause, waiting for the flag while others played on and ultimately Routh snatched a wobbly pass from Reinhart out of the air and escaped to the end zone for the score.
Much like their 21-14 win over Bloomington Central Catholic last Friday night, the Sages had opportunities to put the game out of reach but were unable to make enough plays in the second half.
Nic Tackels had perhaps his best game of the season as the Sages signal-caller. Despite an early interception, he finished 9-for-19 with 297 yards through the air with three touchdowns. Tackels found Matt Kerr twice on big plays of 61 yards and 65 yards. He also hit Spencer Brown for a five-yard score.
Chris Brown finished with 89 yards on 14 carries and had a crucial 71-yard catch on a misdirection screen pass that set up Spencer Brown’s five-yard touchdown.
Graham finished with four catches and 63 yards. Kerr finished with three receptions and 137 yards with two touchdowns.
Unity’s Reinhart was an efficient 16-for-19 with 180 yards through the air and two touchdowns and rushed for 23 yards and a touchdown on 11 carries.
Routh caught eight passes for 89 yards and a score and rushed for 27 yards on three carries.
Dalton Roberts caught a ten-yard touchdown pass for the Rockets.
Unity improves to 5-1 overall and Monticello drops to 4-2.
The Sages host Pontiac next Friday night. Hear the action on 95.9 FM WEZC and online at dewittdailynews.com.
As heard on WHOW, the Clinton Maroons fell to the St. Teresa Bulldogs by a score of 42-0 on Homecoming. Garrett Wayne was 11 of 30 passing for 119 yards and two interceptions. Braden Cross had 4 catches for 61 yards. Drew Stacey was the Nate Ennis State Farm Player of the Game with a fumble recovery and several tackles.
The Bulldogs were led by Denim Cook with 20 carries for 290 yards and 4 touchdowns.
With the loss, Maroons fall to 4-2 on the season and 2-2 in the conference. St. Teresa improves to 5-1 overall and 3-1 in the CIC.
Tune in next week, October 11, as the Maroons travel to Mowequa to take on the Central A&M Raiders. You can hear the game live on the Big 1520 AM/92.3 FM/106.5 FM WHOW, online at dewittdailynews.com, on the WHOW app, and on Amazon Alexa.
Coming off big losses in week five matchups, the Clinton Maroons and Decatur St. Teresa Bulldogs will both be looking to right the ship when they square off in a Homecoming matchup at Clinton High School in Central Illinois Conference football action Friday night.
The Bulldogs were knocked off at home by Central A&M 28-26. Meanwhile, Tuscola boatraced the Maroons 41-6 at Tuscola. Head Coach of the Maroons Chris Ridgeway says it is time to put that loss behind them and have fun with Homecoming week.
Decatur St. Teresa brings a rush attack that will be one of the better run games they will see this year. Coach Ridgeway says they will pose a lot of problems.
The Homecoming game is 7 pm and can be heard live on The Big 1520 AM/92.3 FM/106.5 FM WHOW and online at dewittdailynews.com.
Meridian at Warrensburg-Latham
Central A & M at Shelbyville
Tuscola at Sullivan-Okaw Valley
After an off weekend, the Fighting Illini return to action this Saturday with a trip to Minnesota to face the Golden Gophers at 2:30 p.m. CT on Big Ten Network.
Illinois won last year's meeting with the Gophers, 55-31, in Champaign behind 430 rushing yards, including 213 yards from Reggie Corbin on just 13 carries.
Despite losses in their last two games, llinois has scored 30-plus points in each of the first four games this season.
The Illini are averaging 35.5 points per game in year two under offensive coordinator Rod Smith. The Illini averaged 26.0 points per game in Smith's first season in 2018, up from 15.4 ppg in 2017.
Minnesota running backs coach Kenni Burns is a native of Springfield and went to Sacred Heart Griffin.