News From Terre Haute, Indiana

September 29, 2013

Illinois football roundup: Robinson rallies but falls to Olney in LIC battle

STAFF REPORT
The Tribune-Star

TERRE HAUTE — Big plays hurt Robinson’s Maroons in Little Illini Conference high school football Saturday afternoon, none worse than the one midway through the third quarter.

After fighting their way back from an early 18-0 deficit to tie the score 21-21 in a battle for first place in the Egyptian Division of the conference, the Maroons immediately yielded an 84-yard kickoff return and wound up losing 35-21 to visiting Olney.

The visiting Tigers had a 6-0 lead late in the first quarter when they scored twice in 80 seconds, first on an 87-yard trick play, then on a 79-yard punt return.

Robinson struck quickly itself late in the first half, getting a touchdown from Nick Berty with 1:51 left before halftime and a quarterback sneak by Bucky Stevens with just 36 seconds left. Olney got in position for a last-second field goal, however, and was up 21-14 at intermission.

Berty’s 30-yard run and Darin Cox’s third extra point tied the game with 7:54 left in the third quarter, but Carson Waggoner took the kickoff back for the game-deciding touchdown.

Jason Richart led Robinson with 129 yards on 16 carries.



Olney    18    3    7    7    —    35

Robinson    0    14    7    0    —    21

O — Carson Waggoner 4 pass from Nolan Shan

O — Gus Lathrop 87 pass from Klayton Craig

O — Lathrop 79 punt return

R — Nick Berty 1 run (Darin Cox kick)

R — Bucky Stevens 1 run (Cox kick)

O — Chance Madden 40 FG

R — Berty 30 run (Cox kick)

O — Waggoner 84 kickoff return (Madden kick)

O — Shan 16 run (Madden kick)

Next — Robinson (4-1, 2-1 Little Illini Eqyptian) hosts Newton and Olney (4-1, 3-0) hosts Lawrenceville on Friday.



In Illinois high school games Friday:

• Mount Zion 70, Paris 33 — At Paris, Riley Spencer passed for 240 yards and three touchdowns for the host Tigers in their Apollo Conference loss.

Hunter Morris added 127 yards on 15 carries for the Tigers, who trailed 51-15 midway through the second quarter. Austin Ray had 234 yards and six touchdowns in 20 carries for the Braves.



Mt. Zion    22    36    12    0    —    70

Paris    15    12    0    6    —    33

Paris scoring

P — Denver Brewer 48 pass from Riley Spencer (Spencer run)

P — Hunter Morris 11 run (Zack Lueken kick)

P — Morris 3 run (conversion failed)

P — Audie Temples 31 pass from Spencer (conversion failed)

P — Jason Willmoth 51 pass from Spencer (conversion failed)

Next — Paris (2-3, 0-2 Apollo) hosts Effingham and Mt. Zion (1-4, 1-1) hosts Charleston on Friday. Arthur (3-1, 1-1) plays that night at Tri-County.



• Arthur 46, Martinsville 0 — At Arthur, Kyle Mulkins passed for 62 yards and ran for 31 to lead the Bluestreaks.



Arthur    27    6    13    0    —    46

Martinsville    0    0    0    0    —    0

Next — Martinsville (0-5, 0-3 Little Okaw Valley) plays Friday at Williams Bay, Wis.



• Newton 21, Marshall 20 — At Newton, the Lions couldn’t quite pull out their first Little Illini Egyptian win of the season.

Now 1-4 overall and 0-3 in conference play, Marshall hosts Flora on Friday.



• Casey 60, Cumberland 6 — At Toledo, Class A’s second-ranked Warriors cruised to victory to remain undefeated for the season.

Now 5-0, 3-0 in Little Illini Eastern play, Casey hosts Oblong on Friday in a battle for first place. The Panthers, 3-2 but 3-0 in the league, downed Edwards County 40-20.



• Cerro Gordo 41, Tri-County 14 — At Cerro Gordo, the Titans were knocked out of first place in Little Okaw Valley play.

Now 2-3 overall and 2-1 in the LOV, the Titans host Arthur on Friday while Cerro Gordo (5-0, 2-0) hosts Villa Grove.