St. Joseph-Ogden football coach Dick Duval said Thursday he is coming back for a 27th season as head coach of the Spartans. Duval is retiring from teaching at the end of this school year, but he will remain as head coach and athletic director on what he called a "year-by-year" basis.
The numbers speak for themselves. More than 2,000 yards of total offense, 34 touchdowns (5 of those were defensive scores) - all while leading his team to it's best finish in a decade. We are proud to announce Cerro Gordo-Bement senior running back Steve Isbell is our WCIA 3 High School Football Player of the Year.
It took overtime for someone to end St. Joseph-Ogden's magical playoff run, but the Spartans ran out of magic in the state title game as they fall 43-41 in overtime to the Stillman Valley Cardinals. The game went back and forth all night long, and it came down to the final possessions in overtime. Stillman Valley scored a touchdown and completed the two-point conversion to take a 43-35 lead. SJ-O (11-3) responded with a touchdown of their own, but quarterback Dalton Walsh was sacked on his two-point conversion attempt ending the game. The Spartans fall one win short of the state title, earning their fifth runner-up finish - all under head coach Dick Duval. In Class 4A, the Rochester Rockets were held to a season-low 16 points, but they still found a way to win their fourth consecutive state title 16-8 over Geneseo. Rochester becomes the first public school in IHSA history to win four state football championships in a row.
St. Joseph-Ogden junior running back Orion Ciota stepped in after Austin Hedrick got hurt earlier this season. Now he's one of the biggest reasons the Spartans are in the state finals.
St. Joseph-Ogden will have a chance to win it's first state football championship on Friday when the Spartans take on Stillman Valley in the Class 3A state title game in DeKalb. SJ-O started the year 2-and-2, but they have won nine games in a row, and they're feeling confident heading in after a major turnaround.
St. Joseph-Ogden is heading to the Class 3A state football finals after beating Greenville 44-21 Saturday afternoon.
St. Joseph-Ogden is holding opponents to less than 20 points per game this season, but the Spartans' defense will be put to the test in Saturday's state semifinal game at Greenville. The Comets are averaging more than 50 points per game, including last week's 71-point performance.
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Playoff football scores and highlights.
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The Unity Rockets will play without starting quarterback Justin Deters Saturday in the second round of the IHSA football playoffs at Williamsville. Taylor White will start in his place. Deters was ejected from last week's game after picking up two unsportsmanlike-conduct penalties. IHSA rules force him to sit out Saturday as well. The good news for Unity is they will have starting running back Conner Grace back this week.
First round high school football scores and highlights.
Tuscola will face a familiar opponent in the first round of the Class 1A football playoffs. The Warriors (5-4) travel to Maroa-Forsyth (9-0) Saturday for a rematch of a week seven game the Trojans won in a blowout. WCIA 3's Bret Beherns has more on Tuscola's approach the second time around.
The high school football playoffs start this week, and we'll get a sneak peek at a future rivalry in the new Okaw Valley. St. Thomas More visits Monticello Saturday at 2:00 p.m.
All the best highlights and moments from Week 9 of Friday Football Fever
Scores and highlights from week nine of Friday Football Fever.
GCMS will host rival Fisher Friday night in our Spotlight Game, and as WCIA 3's Bret Beherns reports, it will be a big game for not only the players, but also for two new members of the team who have helped the Falcons in a very special way this season.
In just one year Fisher has gone from one of the worst teams in the Heart of Illinois Conference to one of the best. It is a transformation that started with a simple slogan. WCIA 3's Bret Beherns has more on the Bunnies' motto that is behind all their success this year.
All the best highlights and moments from Week 8 of Friday Football Fever
Highlights and scores from week eight of the high school football season.
Georgetown-Ridge Farm-Chrisman (4-3) needs at least one more win to qualify for the postseason. The Buffaloes host Bismarck-Henning (7-0) Friday on Senior Night, and as WCIA 3's Bret Beherns reports, it will be a bittersweet night for one senior who is dedicating the game to someone special
Mahomet-Seymour will play for a Corn Belt title against undefeated Normal U-High Friday night. A win would give the Bulldogs (7-0, 6-0) their first outright conference championship since 2005. Mahomet-Seymour has the league's best defense, but the Pioneers (7-0, 6-0) have the conference's best offense.
Bismarck-Henning is already in the playoffs with a perfect 7-0 record, but reaching the playoffs and advancing are two different things. WCIA 3's Bret Beherns has more on the Blue Devils' double-digit winning streak and their motivation to keep it going.
Georgetown-Ridge Farm/Chrisman head football coach Josh Cavanaugh is back on the sideline this week after serving a two-game suspension. The district would not give a reason for the suspension, only calling it a "personnel matter."
The voting on the Friday Fever Facebook page was too close to call - so we're calling it a tie for the play of the week. See the plays in the video 1. Unity's Taylor White game-clinching interception vs. Monticello. 1 of his 3 INTs on the night. 2. Centennial's Jeremiah Peoples kickoff return touchdown to help the Chargers beat Springfield.
All the best highlights and moments from Week 7 of Friday Football Fever - in 90 seconds.
Unity hosts undefeated Monticello this week in our Friday Football Fever Spotlight Game. It is a big game for both teams but especially for Unity, who is still looking for its first marquee win of the year. WCIA 3's Bret Beherns has more on the Rockets and their big shoes to fill.
Monticello travels to Unity for a big Okaw Valley Black matchup Friday night. It's a game that could have conference title implications, and as WCIA 3's Bret Beherns reports, it's exactly where Sages head coach Cully Welter wants to be.
Cerro Gordo-Bement is in the driver's seat in the LOVC race. The Broncos beat Villa Grove-Heritage Friday night to remain the only undefeated team in the conference. WCIA 3's Bret Beherns has more on two of the biggest reasons for CG-B's success this season.
All the best moments from Week 6 of Friday Football Fever
Highlights and scores from week six of the high school football season.
High school football fans across the state know all about the tradition of St. Joseph-Ogden football. Now, twin brothers Ryan and Dylan Koss are hoping to further than tradition, while at the same time continuing their family's legacy. WCIA 3's Bret Beherns reports.
St. Thomas More is just two wins away from becoming playoff eligible for the seventh straight year, and one of the biggest contributors to their success is one of their youngest players, Josh Parker. WCIA 3's Matt Wettersten reports on this freshman's early success.
Cerro Gordo-Bement will host Villa Grove-Heritage Friday night in a matchup of the only two LOVC teams without a conference loss. The winner will be in the driver's seat for the LOVC championship. The Broncos have crushed their opponents this year, averaging more than 40 points per game, but this Friday night they'll face their toughest test yet.
GCMS' Aaron Thomason's bobbling TD catch vs. PBL wins the fan vote on Facebook.com/WCIAFever
Central A&M Miles Neilson, GCMS' Aaron Thomason & OAP's Skyler Slade. Vote at Facebook.com/WCIAFever
All the best moments and highlights from Week 5 of Friday Football Fever - in 90 seconds.
Scores and highlights from week five of the high school football season.
Friday's game between Charleston at Mattoon will be all about Coles County bragging rights, but it will also be about bragging rights for one family. But that isn't the only motivation Mattoon's Jacob Wagner had for getting back on the field. WCIA 3's Bret Beherns reports.
Charleston junior Myles Decker broke the single game school record for yards and attempts in his first career varsity start.
Congratulations to Clifton Central's Logan Podowicz for winning our Play of the Week honor for Week 4 of Friday Football Fever. Podowicz's bobbling TD catch vs. SJ-O won the fan vote at Facebook.com/WCIAfever
Highlights and scores from part three of Friday Football Fever from 9/20.
Highlights and scores from part two of Friday Football Fever from 9/20.
Scores and highlights from part one of Friday Football Fever on 9/20.
The Watseka Warriors are off to a slow start this year, but there is still time to put together a run to the postseason. WCIA 3's Bret Beherns has more on how a connection between brothers could be their key to success.
PBL head football coach Jeff Graham gave up a lot to return to the sidelines. Bret Beherns has more on Graham's second stint as Panthers coach.
We've got a monster matchup between a couple of the state's No. 1 teams on Friday when the Unity Rockets welcome in the Maroa-Forsyth Trojans. Both teams reached the state title game last year, and both have picked up right where they left off. Something will have to give when they take the field in Tolono Friday night. Both Unity and Maroa-Forsyth have been virtually untested through three weeks, though Tuscola gave Unity a game in Week 2. The Rockets are No. 1 in Class 3A. Maroa-Forsyth is No. 1 in Class 2A, setting up a titanic clash this weekend. "These are the type of games you want to play in and you want to coach in and you want to be a part of," said Unity head coach Scott Hamilton. "We've done a lot of things with our program over the last 5, 10, 20 years that have put us in situations like this. If you don't like playing in big games like this, you're probably in the wrong area." It may be the biggest matchup state-wide Friday night, but the Rockets say this game won't define their season. Hamilton said they'll use this game as preparation for the postseason. His players are keeping things in perspective as well. "It's exciting for a No. 1 against No. 1," senior Tyler Crowl said. "But it's just like us against Meridian. It's just another team. It's just football." You can bet it won't feel like just another football game, though, on Friday night. Unity is averaging nearly 45 points per game, while Maroa-Forsyth averages 43 points per game. The Trojans are led by all-state quarterback Jack Hockaday. "It never hurts to have a Division I quarterback who is being recruited by the Big Ten all over," Hamilton said. "And a really good set of skill position guys to go along with him, and a great linebacker in the middle. My guess is me whining about that isn't going to change anything. Those kids are still going to show up on Friday." Unity and Maroa-Forsyth will kick off at 7:00 pm Friday night at Hicks Field in Tolono.
CG-B's Sean Reed with the touchdown-saving interception --or-- Salt Fork's Garrett McFadden's long touchdown vs. Westville. To vote, go to Facebook.com/WCIAfever and leave a comment under the story. We'll announce the winners Tuesday at 6:00 pm
All the best moments from Week 3 of Friday Football Fever
Here's part two of Friday Football Fever with scores and highlights from week three of the high school football season.