By Greg Halbleib
The Unit 5 battle went down to the wire as Normal Community held off Normal West in the featured game in Week 2 of area high school football.
Normal Community 19, Normal West 14: The host Wildcats took a 7-0 lead into halftime but NCHS responded with two quick third quarter scores, including a 40-yard interception return for a touchdown by Grant Miller, to take the lead for good. Carson Camp connected on two touchdown passes in his 20-for-33 night through the air for 186 yards for West (1-1) with six receptions for 96 yards and a touchdown to Tre Billups. Chase Mackey quarterbacked the Ironmen (2-0) to a 4-for-5 passing night for 57 yards and a touchdown as Jake Hileman rushed 20 times for 43 yards and a touchdown.
Prairie Central 28, Central Catholic 21: The Hawks (2-0) led 14-0 at the halftime break but the Saints (0-2) scored all three of their touchdowns in the second half to draw close. Central Catholic quarterback Jonathan Naour connected on 15-of-27 passes for 175 yards and two touchdowns while Saints running back Jonathan Slaughter rushed 23 times for 107 yards and caught three passes for 59 yards and a touchdown. Connor Casner rushed 12 times for 109 yards and two touchdowns for the victorious Hawks.
Rochester 48, U-High 17: The Rockets (2-0) took control in the second quarter of the Central State Eight Conference battle at Hancock Stadium over the host Pioneers (0-2). Rockets quarterback Clay Bruno threw for nearly 300 yards while completing seven touchdown passes.
Ridgeview-Lexington 14, LeRoy 6: Jared Leake completed 9-of-21 passes for 127 yards and two touchdowns with two interceptions for Ridgeview-Lexington (2-0) in the Heart of Illinois Conference Small Division opener for both teams. Rodney Kaeb ran for 117 yards on 23 carries for LeRoy (0-2).
Deer Creek-Mackinaw 20, El Paso-Gridley 0: Karson Eccles rushed for 148 yards and two touchdowns for the victorious Chiefs (1-1). EPG falls to 0-2.
WEEK 2 SCOREBOARD:
Normal Community 19, Normal West 14
Peoria 56, Peoria Notre Dame 30
Champaign Central 51, Champaign Centennial 19
Danville 53, Urbana 22
Prairie Central 28, Central Catholic 21
Illinois Valley Central 40, Monticello 14
Tolono Unity 41, Pontiac 0
St. Joseph-Ogden 22, Rantoul 8
Olympia 26, St. Thomas More 8
Central State Eight:
Rochester 48, U-High 17
Decatur MacArthur 33, Jacksonville 27
Springfield Lanphier 41, Decatur Eisenhower 32
Chatham Glenwood 34, Sacred Heart-Griffin 10
Springfield 52, Springfield Southeast 28
Heart of Illinois Large:
Deer Creek-Mackinaw 20, El Paso-Gridley 0
Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley 35, Eureka 10
Fieldcrest 25, Tri-Valley 0
Heart of Illinois Small:
Tremont 14, Fisher 7
Ridgeview-Lexington 14, LeRoy 6
Lincoln 46, Effingham 7
Reed-Custer 35, Dwight 20
Heyworth 34, Monmouth United 6
Blue Ridge 28, Oblong 14
Flanagan-Cornell-Woodland 44, Pawnee 42
Lincoln-Way Central at Bloomington, 1 p.m. (LIVE WJBC.com 12:45–click here to listen)
Sports Director Greg Halbleib can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.