The top offensive football teams in the metro east were in high gear once again on Friday as undefeated Highland and defending Class 7A state champion East St. Louis continued to light up the scoreboard
The Southwestern Conference leading Flyers — one week after putting an 80-7 walloping on Collinsville — defeated Granite City 58-0 to clinch a playoff spot with a 6-1 record.
Highland, led by senior quarterback Garrett Marti scored 68 points — including 37 in one quarter — in a 68-24 win over Waterloo.
But the offensive show of the season occurred at Freeburg where Wesclin defeated the host Midgets by a 61-58 margin. Attempting to clinch a tie for the Cahokia Conference title, Wesclin trailed Freeburg (1-6) until quarterback Josh DeMage connected with Brandt Goings on an 18-yard scoring pass with under 20 seconds remaining.
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“Never, ever have I been part of a game where a team I have coached needed to score 61 points to win the game,” Wesclin coach Ric Johns said. “I am very proud of my football team. This group just has a way of getting it done. I think a lot our ability to stay focused and calm has to do with our quarterback (Josh) DeMage). He’s calm and he’s able to keep everybody together when things get tight.”
One area which concerns Johns is the Warriors defense. In the last 10 quarters, Wesclin has allowed 118 points. Fortunately for the Warriors, the offense has scored 145 points during threat time span.
“We really haven’t played what I would call a defensive quarter since the first quarter of the Salem game three weeks ago,” Johns said. “It seems like teams have found a way to operate the spread offense against us effectively.”
Joining the dance
East St. Louis, Althoff and Triad are the latest teams to qualify for the IHSA playoffs after each picked up their sixth wins of the season last week. The defending Class 7A state champion Flyers, Crusaders and Knights join undefeated Wesclin and Highland along with once beaten Marquette in the postseason after those teams clinched playoff spots a week ago.
Goalby to be honored
The official dedication of Bob Goalby Field Presented by Commerce Bank at Belleville West High School will take place on Friday when the Maroons (5-2) play host to Edwardsville (4-3) in a Southwestern Conference game.
Goalby, the 1968 Masters Champion, will be on hand and will be honored prior to the SWC game that begins at 7 p.m.