Central Catholic battles PBL in Week 3 of high school football

Coverage of Central Catholic against PBL will start with pregame at 6:10 p.m. on AM 1230 WJBC, FM 102.1 and WJBC.com. (Facebook/Bloomington Central Catholic Football)

By Neil Doyle

BLOOMINGTON – Week 3 of high school football and our main game Friday night on WJBC is Central Catholic (2-0) hosting Paxton-Buckley-Loda (2-0).

The Saints have gotten off to a quick start and head coach Kevin Braucht says the team is playing with a lot of confidence.

“I think our guys understand that we are week to week. What we did last week, although that experience can help us on the field, it’s not going to get us any points or stops this week against PBL,” said Braucht.

All of our high school football coverage starts with the pregame at 6:10 p.m. on AM 1230 WJBC, FM 102.1, and WJBC.com.

Across the Intercity, Normal Community (2-0) looks to stay perfect as they host Peoria Richwoods (0-2). The Wildcats of Normal West (1-1) hit the road for Champaign Centennial (2-0), Bloomington (1-1) returns after an off week to face Peoria Manual (0-2), and U-High (0-2) is on the road against Springfield Lanphier (0-2).

Other games across the area:

Tri-Valley vs. Ridgeview

Fisher vs. Fieldcrest

El Paso-Gridley vs. GCMS

Eureka vs. Heyworth

LeRoy vs. Tremont

Ottawa Marquette vs. Dee-Mack

Prairie Central vs. St. Joseph Ogden

Rantoul vs. Pontiac

Monticello vs. Olympia

Shelbyville vs. Clinton

Neil Doyle can be reached at neil.doyle@cumulus.com


Labor Day – Expanding voting rights for all

By Mike Matejka Because of COVID, there is no Labor Day Parade this year.  It’s always a great event for our everyday workers to march proudly down the street and enjoys the festive crowd. If there had been a parade, this year’s Labor Day theme was to be “150 years of struggle: your right to vote.” …

Is federal mobilization the answer?

By Mike Matejka As President Donald Trump threatens to send federal marshals into Chicago, over the objections of Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker, recall another Illinois Governor who protested the incursion of armed federal personnel into the city.   Those federal troops, rather than calming, escalated the situation, leading to deaths and violence. Illinois poet Vachel Lindsay…

In these troubled times, to my fellow white Americans

By Mike Matejka Our nation is at a unique watershed in human relations. African-Americans have been killed too many times in the past before George Floyd, but the response to this man’s death is international and all-encompassing. I was a grade-schooler during the Civil Rights 1960s. I watched Birmingham demonstrators hosed and the Selma – Montgomery…

Workers’ Memorial Day – Remember those whose job took their life

Looking around our community, when we say employer, most will respond to State Farm, Country, or Illinois State University.   We too often forget those who are building our roads, serving our food, or our public employees. COVID-19 has made us more aware of the risk.  Going to work every day for some people means…