Week 6 football recap: Ironmen turn back Raiders

Normal Community players gather after their 43-26 Homecoming win over Bloomington. (Eric Lapan/WJBC)

By Greg Halbleib

A strong third quarter sent Normal Community to a rivalry win over Bloomington in the featured game in the Week 6 WJBC Friday Night High School Football Extravaganza.

Normal Community 43, Bloomington 26: The host Ironmen lead 16-8 at halftime but outscored the Purple Raiders 20-6 in the third quarter on the way to the win. Aiden Oliver led Normal Community (5-1, 5-0 Big Twelve) with four rushing touchdowns and one passing TD while Cameron Jackson rushed 14 times for 111 yards and a touchdown. Ben Wellman was 18-for-30 passing for 275 yards and two touchdowns with two interceptions for Bloomington (3-3, 3-2) with Eric Johnson catching four passes for 103 yards and a touchdown. Jack Weltha led the BHS defense with nine tackles.

Central Catholic 45, St. Joseph-Ogden 18: Jack Slaughter churned out 203 yards on 18 carries and four touchdowns for Central Catholic (2-4) with 121 yards in the first quarter alone. St. Thomas More falls to 1-5.

U-High 56, Springfield Southeast 48: Spencer Parker exploded for 409 rushing yards and five touchdowns plus a 29-yard touchdown catch in the second straight win for U-High (2-4). Southeast dropped to 1-5.

Week 6 scores from Friday:

Big Twelve:
Normal Community 43, Bloomington 26
Danville 52, Champaign Central 27
Peoria Notre Dame 63, Peoria Manual 14
Illini Prairie:
Olympia 47, Pontiac 14
Prairie Central 33, St. Joseph-Ogden 13
Illinois Valley Central 49, Rantoul 7
Tolono Unity 33, Monticello 28
Central State Eight:
U-High 56, Springfield Southeast 48
Chatham Glenwood 48, Decatur MacArthur 0
Jacksonville 46, Springfield Lanphier 14
Rochester 61, Decatur Eisenhower 27
Springfield 54, Sacred Heart-Griffin 42
Heart of Illinois Large:
Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley 22, Tri-Valley 7
Fieldcrest 46, Deer Creek-Mackinaw 6
Heart of Illinois Small:
Tremont 22, Ridgeview-Lexington 13
Fisher 29, Heyworth 23
Lincoln Prairie:
Decatur Lutheran 26, Blue Ridge 6
Central Illinois:
Decatur St. Teresa 42, Clinton 0
Apollo:
Lincoln 13, Mahomet-Seymour 6
Sangamon Valley:
Dwight-Gardner-South Wilmington 52, Momence 28
Eight-Man:
Milford-Cissna Park 78, Flanagan-Cornell-Woodland 36
Non-Conference:
Indianapolis Bishop Chatard 56, Normal West 8
South Fulton Coop at LeRoy, Sat. 1 p.m.

Sports Director Greg Halbleib can be reached at greg@wjbc.com. 

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