The IHSA football season opened up with some dominating performances by metro-east football teams, while others are taking the positives from their opener and try to build on them in week two. Here’s a quick look back at some of the season-opening games:
The Crusaders returned the opening kickoff for a score and added another to take a two-score lead just seven minutes into the season. The Althoff defense stopped to Collinsville drives and walked away with the dominating win.
Flyers QB Christian Perez completed 20 of 26 passes for 332 yards and five touchdowns. The team did lose senior running back Jarrell Anderson to a knee injury on the first play. His status remains unknown.
The Maroons used a 95-yard interception return for a touchdown in the fourth quarter and 402 total offensive yards to notch a season-opening victory against the Blue Devils. Senior running back Kriston Davis had 214 yards on 35 carries.
Highland QB Garrett Marti dominated the season opener for the Bulldogs, completing 18 of 26 passes for 298 yards and four touchdowns and rushing six times for 67 yards and one touchdown. Junior running back Brady Feldmann added 69 rushing yards and one score on the ground.
O’Fallon kicker Brooks Hackney kicked a 26-yard field goal in the third quarter for the Panthers’ only score. They’ll shoot for their first win in week 2 when they travel to play Normal West.
East QB Kienen Waller was 23 of 42 for 243 yards and a touchdown in the season-opening loss, but coach Kris Stephens said there were positives in the game. The Lancers will try to build off those positives in week 2 when they travel to play Highland.