Edwardsville 49, Granite City 12
Dionte Rodgers led the way for an Edwardsville (8-1, 6-1) team that looked to lock up a high seed in the playoffs next week. Rodgers broke through for five touchdowns on the ground in the first half, helping Edwardsville jump out to a quick 49-0 lead. Edwardsville will go into the playoffs with a home game in the opening round.
Granite City (4-5, 3-4) needed to win this game to become playoff eligible, but knew it would be an uphill climb against one of the best teams in the state. Losing three of its last four games derailed what looked to be a promising season for Granite City.
Columbia 48, Jerseyville 28
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Columbia running back Colton Byrd ran all over Jerseyville, rushing for 245 yards and five touchdowns in the 48-28 win Friday night. Columbia jumped out to big leads of 28-7 and 41-14, never letting the Panthers come within two scores after the first quarter. Columbia (9-0, 6-0) finished the season outscoring their opponents 392-158 with an average margin of victory of 26 points.
Jerseyville quarterback Drew Sauerwein had yet another strong game throwing for a score and running for one as well. Jerseyville finished the season (2-7, 1-4) but that record won’t indicate just how well they played all year. Four of their seven losses came by six points or less.
Highland 46, Charleston 14
Highland quarterback Garrett Marti used a balanced attack to help lead the Bulldogs (8-1,6-0) to a 46-14 win over Charleston. Marti was 11-of-18 for 189 yards and two scores to go along with 14 rushes for 176 yards and three touchdowns. Highland hasn’t lost since dropping the season opener on the road in Cahokia and hopes to have a high playoff seed.
Charleston (3-6, 1-4) dropped six of seven games to finish the season.
Red Bud 42, Sparta 0
Red Bud bounced back with a strong 42-0 win to close out the regular season. Griffin Ziebold was seven-for-seven passing for 224 yards and two touchdowns to go along with a rushing score. Red Bud finishes the season (7-2, 4-2) and looks like they will host a playoff game in the first round.
Herrin 24, Central 21
Central running back Collin Thomas kept the Cougars close with 181 yards on 25 carries and three touchdowns, but it wasn’t enough in a 24-21 loss to Herrin. Central (7-2, 5-1) will head into the playoffs have lost two of its last three games.
Herrin (8-1) scored all four of their touchdowns on the ground as the looked to secure a top seed in the playoffs. After losing to Waterloo to start the season Herrin has looked like a completely different team. They look to use their eight game winning streak to propel them deep into the playoffs.