Bill Welt Week 2 Springfield IL-area predictions
Here’s a breakdown of each Week 2 game in The State Journal-Register area.
Several games have been canceled due to COVID-19. North Mac paused all athletic activities for at least the remainder of the week while Petersburg PORTA had its second straight game canceled against Pleasant Plains. Staunton also had its second consecutive game canceled but that was after Litchfield had to back out due to COVID-19 protocols.
Here’s a glance at the games that remain on the schedule:
Charleston (1-0) at Lincoln (1-0): The Railsplitters are coming off a 58-6 win over Clinton while Charleston won its opener by forfeit. Lincoln totaled 214 rushing yards in the win, led by Kion Carson with five carries for 102 yards and two TDs. QB Elijah Pollice went 6-for-7 for 139 yards and two TDs. Lincoln 35, Charleston 14.
Taylorville (1-0) at Elgin St. Edward (1-0): The Greenwave hail from the Chicago area out of the Metro Suburban Conference and won their opener against Chicago Christ the King 51-22. They went 4-1 over the spring. Taylorville mustered a 13-0 win at Mount Vernon. St. Edward 28, Taylorville 21.
Central State Eight
Chatham Glenwood (0-1) at Decatur Eisenhower (0-1): Glenwood quarterback Jack Knudson performed admirably in a 39-36 loss to Class 6A No. 7-ranked Springfield High and went 21-for-29 for 334 yards and two touchdowns with two interceptions. Jamarion Smith also ran for 126 yards and two TDs. Eisenhower nearly knocked off Southeast 19-14 after not having enough players to field a team in the spring. Glenwood 56, Eisenhower 14.
Decatur MacArthur (1-0) at Rochester (1-0): A battle between ranked opponents. MacArthur is ranked No. 7 in 5A while Rochester is ahead at No. 2. The Generals haven’t beaten Rochester since 2014 and the Rockets dominated the last meeting 70-26. Hank Beatty returns at quarterback and wide receiver and wreaked havoc on Jacksonville in Week 1. Rochester 66, MacArthur 28.
Jacksonville (0-1) at Normal University (0-1): It’s always difficult to gauge a team coming off a loss to Rochester, a perennial title contender that typically romps through most opponents. The Crimsons, though, showed some fight in the first quarter with quarterback Elijah Owens. Jacksonville 54, U-High 12.
Lanphier (0-1) at Springfield High (1-0): SHS is coming off its first win over Glenwood since 2010. The Senators are poised to compete at the top of the CS8 as long as Rutgers commit Rashad Rochelle is handling the snaps. Springfield High 60, Lanphier 12.
Southeast (0-1) at Sacred Heart-Griffin (1-0): The Spartans escaped with a win over Eisenhower while SHG crushed Lanphier 61-7. The Cyclones, ranked No. 2 in 4A, featured a couple of QBs. Ty Lott and Jack Western combined to go 5 of 9 for 116 yards and 4 TDs. That defense, though, is a force to be reckoned with. SHG 64, Southeast 13.
Nokomis (1-0) at Moweaqua Central A&M (1-0): Nokomis all-state running back Landon Engelman is the real deal. He had 313 total yards, including 203 rushing yards and three TDs, in a win over Sullivan-Okaw Valley. Up next is top-ranked Moweaqua Central A&M on the road. A win certainly puts the experienced NHS squad on the 1A map. Central A&M running backs Brody Barnes (114 yards and two TDs) and Will Thompson (120 yards and one TD) flourished in a 41-6 win over LeRoy. Moweaqua Central A&M 35, Nokomis 21.
Farmington (1-0) at Havana (1-0): Farmington comes in ranked No. 7 in 3A and has made five consecutive playoff appearances under Toby Vallas, excluding the shortened spring season. Havana is coming off a 22-6 win over Lewistown. Farmington 42, Havana 21.
Elmwood/Brimfield (1-0) at Rushville-Industry (1-0): Rushville-Industry garnered a couple points in the 2A poll, led by senior running backs James Corrie and Tanner Spencer. Rushville edged Macomb 24-22 while Elmwood also notched a 22-14 win against Carthage Illini West. Rushville 26, Elmwood 21.
Williamsville (0-1) at Athens (1-0): The Bullets, ranked No. 5 in the 3A poll, suffered their first loss since the playoffs in 2018 but against a much larger school from Wisconsin. Williamsville thrashed Athens 61-8 to end the spring season but features a host of newcomers, including quarterback Jake Seman. Athens returns several skilled players, including Ja’Kyan Shanklin. And it’s a clash of starkly different styles: Williamsville’s spread offense against Athens’ Wing-T. Can Athens keep Williamsville’s offense at bay? Williamsville 35, Athens 28.
New Berlin (0-1) at Auburn (0-1): The Pretzels dropped a 47-22 decision to Athens without quarterback Joey Meiseman. Will he be back for Week 2? Auburn, meanwhile, fell 58-10 to No. 2-ranked Maroa-Forsyth. Auburn 28, New Berlin 26.
Pittsfield (0-1) at Riverton (1-0): The Hawks scored a big win over then No. 10 North Mac, 26-20. Quarterback Zach Hinds was a big reason why. The Saukees are coming off a 30-14 loss to Pleasant Plains, which had its game against Petersburg PORTA canceled. Riverton 42, Pittsfield 14.
Carlinville (1-0) at Vandalia (0-1): The Vandals will try to bounce back from a deflating 46-26 loss to Pana to start the season. Carlinville is starting on a high note on the other side. QB Ayden Tiburzi completed 26 of 36 passing attempts for 298 yards and four touchdowns with two interceptions in the Cavaliers’ 27-6 nonconference win at Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley, then ranked No. 3 in 3A. Carlinville 49, Vandalia 24.
Greenville (1-0) at Gillespie (1-0): The Miners, coming off a promising 3-3 spring season, rolled to a 62-20 win at Litchfield. Greenville knocked off Hillsboro 28-14. Gillespie 54, Greenville 21.
Pana (1-0) at Hillsboro (0-1): Pana, ranked No. 10 in 2A, proved it’s a real contender for the SCC title after a win over Vandalia. It led 39-7 early in the fourth quarter and started with a kickoff for a touchdown by Brenden Schoonover. Pana 58, Hillsboro 14.
Western Illinois Valley
Beardstown (0-1) at Winchester West Central (1-0): The host Cougars gutted out an 8-6 win over Concord Triopia while Beardstown dropped to Greenfield Northwestern 42-13. Greenfield received votes in the latest 1A poll. Winchester West Central 21, Beardstown 7.
Jacksonville Routt (1-0) at Carrollton (0-1): The Rockets just missed out in the 1A poll after demolishing Pleasant Hill 52-14. Carrollton fell to Camp Point Central 30-22. Jacksonville Routt 41, Carrollton 18.
Kincaid South Fork (0-1) at Edwardsville Metro-East Lutheran (1-0): The Ponies were shut out by Decatur Lutheran in their opener, 46-0. Edwardsville Metro-East Lutheran defeated Galva 28-18. Metro-East Lutheran 44, South Fork 14.
Galva (0-1) at Pawnee (0-1): Pawnee dropped to Martinsville 43-28. PHS QB Brandon Bartolomucci completed 9 of 12 passing attempts for 148 yards and four TDs in the loss. Pawnee 35, Galva 28.
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