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Versatile junior East St. Louis quarterback Tyler Macon started the season where he left off a year ago in the Flyers opening night showdown with the Batavia Bulldogs.
The No. 19 ranked junior in the state by 247 Sports, Macon threw three touchdown passes to help lead the Flyers to a 31-17 win Saturday at Batavia High School.
East St. Louis, which won the Class 7A state championship in 2016 only to drop quarterfinal round games to Chicago Mount Carmel in each of the past two seasons, is currently ranked No. 1 along with defending state champion Joliet Catholic in Class 5A.
On Saturday, the Flyers (1-0) showed once again they can compete in any class.
Macon capped the Flyers opening drive with a 7-yard scoring run and later tossed a 50-yard scoring pass to Cameron Lovett as East St. Louis scored the first 19 points of the game and never looked back
Batavia, which finished 12-1 a year ago, entered the game ranked second in the Class 7A state preseason poll.
East St. Louis senior running back DeMonta Witherspoon added a 46-yard touchdown run as part of the Flyers first quarter barrage. Witherspoon finished the night with 226 yards rushing on just 16 attempts.
Macon, who competed 15 of 25 passes for 277 yards, added scoring passes of 19 yards to Lovett and 19 yards to junior Keantez Lewis. Both TD passes came in the third quarter