The Carlyle Indians Cummins-to-Cummins family connection struck just in the nick of time on Friday at Carlyle High School.
Senior quarterback Billy Cummins found younger brother Tommy Cummins on a 79-yard touchdown pass with 6 minutes 56 seconds remaining for the only score of the game as Carlyle (2-0) escaped with a 7-0 win over Freeburg.
The game was the Cahokia Conference opener for both teams.
Freeburg (1-1) generated only 190 yards of total offense against the stingy Indians defense.
Highland 52, Mount Zion 28
Running back Gage Geiger rushed for four touchdowns as Highland (2-0) romped to an easy nonconference win.
Highland led just 8-0 after one quarter but scored 22 points in both the second and third periods to take a 52-14 lead.
Geiger tallied on a pair of one-yard plunges and added scoring gallops of six and eight yards to lead the way for the Bulldogs.
Mount Vernon 28, Mascoutah 7
Quarterback Dylan Reeves threw touchdown passes of eight and 37 yards to Doug Gardner as Mount Vernon ran past the Indians in a nonconference game.
The Rams (1-1) jumped out to a 20-0 lead after three quarters before Mascoutah quarterback Tim Parks connected with Alex Oltmann on a 10-yard scoring play with 9:58 left in the fourth quarter.
Mount Vernon held Mascoutah (1-1) to 42 yards on 21 rushing attempts.
Jerseyville 44, Granite City 28
Quarterback Billy Ritchey threw five touchdown passes --three in the first quarter -- as the Panthers (1-1) rolled to the nonconference win over the Warriors.
Ritchey fired an 18-yard scoring pass to Christian Kimble and a 21-yard scoring strike to Kyle Obertino in the first 2 minutes 55 seconds of the game and the Panthers were off and running.
Quinton Jackson scored on a 10-yard pass from Gabe Jarmon and added a 40-yard touchdown run to lead the way for the Warriors (1-1).