Less than a 10 miles from the Pro Football Hall of Fame, the East St. Louis Flyers and Washington Tigers of Massillon, Ohio put on a high-scoring high school gridiron show of historical proportions.
The Flyers, however, lost their grip on a late lead and fell to the still-unbeaten Washington Tigers, 46-40.
East St. Louis led by 10 at the half on touchdown runs from DeMonta Witherspoon, Tyler Macon and Treven Swingler. Despite third quarter touchdowns by Swingler and Witherspoon, Washington narrowed the lead to three points, then took the lead early in the fourth quarter on a pair of touchdowns by Jamir Thomas.
The Flyers took the lead back with 5:26 left on a 21-yard pass from quarterback Tyler Macon to Antonio Johnson to make it a 40-39. But Aidan Longwell connected with Jayden Ballard on a 39-yard pass with 3:33 left to cinch the win for Washington.
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Swingler rushed for 203 yards for East Side, including his two touchdowns. Macon accounted for 132 yards on the ground, while completing 12 of 17 passes for 179 yards and score. Johnson caught five passes for 101 yards.
East St. Louis, No. 3 in Illinois class 7A, fell to 5-2, including its week 1 loss at Detroit King. The Flyers close out their season with Southwestern Conference games against O’Fallon and Alton.
Massillon Washington, ranked No. 3 in Ohio Division II, is 6-0.
Central gets big conference win
Central fell behind early to unbeaten Cahokia Conference rival Columbia, but rallied to 21 unanswered points in the second half to pull off a 28-24 upset.
Jordan Spangenberg scored the game-winner on a one-yard plunge with 1:13 left in the game.
The Eagles, ranked fifth in Illinois Class 4A, led 24-7 at halftime. Ronnie Hunsaker had touchdown runs of 62 and 71 yards to go with a 12-yard Nic Horner-to-Josh Marion touchdown pass and 37-yard Sam Horner field goal. But Central shut down Columbia in the second half.
Timothy Callahan returned an interception 50 yards for a score, then Garrett Richter caught a 45-yard scoring pass from Couger quarterback Max Kampwerth. The two-point conversion set up Spangenberg’s game-winner.
For Columbia, Hunsaker carried 19 times for a game-high 172 yards. But Kampwerth connected on 11 of 21 passes for 196 yards and Spangenberg had 82 yards on 25 carries to lead Central.
The Cougars, 5-2, have won two straight since their Milk Bowl loss to cross-town Mater Dei Sept. 21. They can clinch a playoff berth next week with a win over Wesclin or Oct. 19 at Herrin.
Columbia, 6-1, faces Red Bud and Jerseyville at home to close the season.
Mascoutah rebounds with win
Mascoutah bounced back from a disappointing loss to Triad last week to defeat Mississippi Valley Conference rival Civic Memorial, 29-13 Friday.
The Indians scored two touchdown in each of the first three quarters to secure a comfortable lead early. Devin Wills led the way with 133 yards on 13 carries (10.23 yards per carry). He also connected with quarterback Devon Ross on a 73-yard scoring pass.
Quarterbacks Ross and Jeff Getchell combined to complete 10 of 16 passes for 268 yards and five touchdowns. Aiden Jones had three catches, two of them for touchdowns, and 103 receiving yards.
Timothy Middleton caught two passes, both touchdowns, for 25 yards. Evan Fournie also scored and Terrance Buckingham scored on a 75-yard punt return.
Mascoutah, 5-2, faces a critical conference game at unbeaten Highland next week. The Indians close the season at home against Centralia and are hoping to clinch their first playoff berth since 2009.
Maroons dominate Collinsville
Five different players scored for Belleville West in the first quarter to lead the Maroons to a 64-14 win over Collinsville in Southwestern Conference play Friday.
Dominic Lovett scored three times for West and DJ Johnson found the endzone twice in the victory. Also scoring for the Maroons were Chase Blanquart, Logan Seibert, Will Shumpert, Jordan Bruce, and heavily-recruited defensive end Keith Randolph, who recovered a fumble in the Collinsville endzone.
West quarterback Jack McCloskey completed 25 of 35 attempts fro 319 yards and five touchdowns. He connected with seven different receivers, including Lovett, who led the way with six catches for 95 yards. The Maroons, meanwhile ran the ball just 13 times, but averaged 10.4 yards per carry.
Jake Holten and Jayden Nabors scored for the Kahoks.
The Maroons, 6-1, clinched a playoff berth and travel to Edwardsville next Friday for a key Southwestern Conference game. Collinsville fell to 2-5 with games remaining against Belleville East and Edwardsville at home.
Althoff falls at Carbondale
Carbondale broke a nine-game losing streak to Althoff and, in doing so, clinched a playoff berth.
The Terriers scored on a 22-yard touchdown pass from Jakeba Burleigh to Austin Reliford to win, 24-21.
Althoff drove to the Carbondale 10-yard-line late in the game, but a muffed handoff was recovered to Carbondale to end the threat.
Carbondale, 6-1, will close out the regular season with games at Marion and Harrisburg. Althoff, 1-6, faces Cahokia and Cardinal Ritter.
Nashville 24, Pinckneyville 3
Granite City 39, Mater Dei 27
Alton 49, O’Fallon 17
Marquette 56, Dupo 30
Highland 56, Waterloo 14
Salem 15, Carlyle 6
Cahokia 43, Mount Vernon 6
Jerseyville 12, Triad 7
Red Bud 46, Brentwood 24
Freeburg 49, Wesclin 9
Edwardsville 54, Belleville East 20