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Sports Highlights for Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2017

EPC's Jarod Kempel looks for running room toward the sideline as Amboy's Tyler Perry (70) and Victor Gutierrez (58) pursue. The 'Catz Zach Lieb (42) looks for a block. Kempel ran the ball 13 times for 184 yards and 3 TD's as EPC took the 40-0 win in Lanark.
EPC's Jarod Kempel looks for running room toward the sideline as Amboy's Tyler Perry (70) and Victor Gutierrez (58) pursue. The 'Catz Zach Lieb (42) looks for a block. Kempel ran the ball 13 times for 184 yards and 3 TD's as EPC took the 40-0 win in Lanark.

Varsity football schedule

FRIDAY

West Carroll at Amboy

Dakota at Forreston

East Dubuque at Le-Win

River Ridge at Galena

EPC at Pecatonica/Durand

Freeport Aquin at AFC

River Ridge at Galena

Stockton at Milledgeville

Orangeville at Warren

Edwardsville Metro-East Lutheran at Polo

Quincy at Geneseo

LaSalle-Peru at East Moline United Township

Kankakee at Ottawa

Yorkville at Rochelle

Sterling at Rock Island Alleman

Fulton at Bureau Valley

Morrison at Kewanee

Sterling Newman at Orion

Port Byron Riverdale at Rockridge

Monmouth-Roseville at Erie/Prophetstown

Sherrard at Peru St. Bede

Spring Valley Hall at Princeton

Belvidere North at Belvidere

Freeport at Machesney Park Harlem

Rockford Boylan at Rockford Auburn

Rockford East at Rockton Hononegah

Rockford Jefferson at Rockford Guilford

Varsity football scores

SEPT. 1

EPC 40, Amboy 0: Jarod Kempel did the right thing after rushing for 184 yards and 3 touchdowns in the first half en route to a 40-0 EPC win over Amboy. The Eastland-Pearl City running back thanked the big boys up front, sticking to the cliche answer of not putting up gawdy stats without their push.

“It feels good to do my part, but I can’t take all the credit,” Kempel said. “My line is the big reason. We couldn’t do anything without them. They’re the reason we win. Yeah, we got some breakaways, but they do the dirty work. I’m thankful for them.”

On the other hand, EPC head coach Randy Asche gave an alternative truth. The Wildcatz line would block for 2 seconds, then watch as Kempel darted in and around the Clipper defense.

“I know he gave credit to the line, but the majority of that was him,” Asche said. “His agility, patience and strength paid off.”

Kempel took the first EPC play from scrimmage 61 yards up the left sideline to the end zone. On the next drive, he looked stopped for a minimal loss in the backfield, but snuck out of two tackles to race 24 yards and put EPC up 14-0 midway through the first quarter. He capped a long second-quarter drive with a 4-yard score with 4:13 left before halftime. On Amboy’s next play from scrimmage, Drake Musser intercepted Justin Hart’s pass after the ball was batted into the air by the 6-foot-7 Peyton Asche. Braedon Heeren scored two plays later on a 6-yard rumble up the gut.

The Wildcatz (2-0, 2-0) weren’t done in the first half, as sophomore Eli Dertz took down Amboy punter Reece Vaessen, forcing a fumble that Musser pounced on at the Clippers’ 15-yard line. Heeren scored his second touchdown in 3 minutes on a 1-yard plunge for a 34-0 intermission lead. Dertz played a part in another turnover for the Wildcatz, as he blocked a Vaessen punt near the end of the third quarter.

“That was just effort,” Asche said of Dertz’s special teams play. “We initially wanted to set up deep returns and get walls established based on how they ran their punt. But with them doing the rugby punt, I knew we had to go after it. Those are huge as momentum changers.”

“It’s a big part of our game,” Dertz said, “trying to bring kick backs, block punts, whatever it may be. I’m happy to do my part.”

Milledgeville 14, Polo 6: Friday night’s 14-6 victory over the Polo Marcos did a whole lot of good things for Milledgeville’s conference implications, playoff aspirations, early-season momentum, and hosts of other factors. But perhaps more than all of those, man, did it just feel good to finally beat those guys.

“This was a monkey off my back, as a coach, but it was also off the team’s back and the community’s back,” said coach Jason Wroble, whose Missiles hadn’t defeated Polo since 2008. “It’s a nice win to get, not only for the rivalry, but for the conference and our season goals as well.”

Milledgeville couldn’t get much going offensively early, but was able to grind out a 12-play, 60-yard drive in the second quarter to negate a large first-half yardage disadvantage while taking an 8-6 halftime lead. All five of Polo’s first-half possessions advanced into Milledgeville territory, but the Marcos cashed in only once, and in the second half, they never really threatened to score at all.

Wroble said the difference was less about schematics and more about effort.

“We didn’t really change much [in the second half],” Wroble said. “My assistant coaches really laid into them with some motivational speeches, and we went out there and executed better.”

Meanwhile, the Missiles’ offense wasn’t particularly flashy, but it was effective when it mattered.

The Missiles didn’t attempt a pass play until midway through the third, and the result was perfect. Quarterback Nathan Rahn saw tight end Grant Schurman sneaking past the secondary on a play-action pass and lobbed him a soft 22-yard toss for a touchdown to give the game its 14-6 final, the same score Milledgeville beat Amboy by last week.

“After last week, we weren’t really confident passing the ball,” Wroble said. “I was sort of holding it, waiting for the right time.”

Jacob Hartje led all rushers with 67 yards for the Missiles. Polo was led by Brady Webb, who had five catches for 98 yards and added 21 rushing yards, but he was sidelined for much of the second half after taking a rough hit from multiple tacklers that garnered a 15-yard penalty on Milledgeville.

West Carroll 44, Pecatonica/Durand 0: Behind the running of Kaleb Hartman and the passing of Kody Plattenberger, the Thunder rolled to the victory over Pecatonica/Durand on Friday evening in Mount Carroll. Hartman carried the football 21 times for 231 yards and 3 touchdowns. Plattenberger threw the ball only twice, but completed them both for 81 yards, including a 68-yarder to brother Kaleb for a TD.

Morrison 26, Spring Valley Hall 14: Aaron Deter and Riley Wilkins each scored a pair of touchdowns as the Mustangs eased past the Red Devils in Spring Valley. Deter had touchdown runs of 4 and 3 yards. Wilkins opened the scoring with a 3-yard run in the first quarter, and later scored on a fumble recovery. Anthony Buchanon and Steven Brust had the Hall scores.

Le-Win 28, Forreston 14

Orangeville 26, River Ridge 8

Dakota 47, AFC 6

East Dubuque 25, Galena 7

Freeport Aquin 35, Warren 8

Ottawa Marquette 35, Stockton 16

Fulton 37, Monmouth-Roseville 35

Bureau Valley 33, Peru St. Bede 23

Kewanee 35, Riverdale 20

Orion 42, Sherrard 0

Rockridge 43, Erie/Prophetstown 12

Sterling 49, Pekin 7

Dixon 42, Oregon 7

Rock Falls 22, Mendota 18

Byron 48, Rockford Lutheran 14

Winnebago 27, Stillman Valley 20

Johnsburg 40, Rochelle 22

Rockton Hononegah 28, Freeport 12

SEPT. 2

Sterling Newman 46, Princeton 0

Varsity volleyball schedule

TODAY

Oregon at Sterling Newman

THURSDAY

Eastland at Le-Win

Forreston at Milledgeville

Pearl City at Stockton

Morrison at Riverdale

River Ridge at Scales Mound

Prophetstown at Sterling Newman

Freeport at Belvidere

Stillman Valley at Sterling

SATURDAY

Milledgeville, Pearl City, Freeport Aquin, Fulton at Byron tourney

MONDAY

Stockton at Pecatonica/Durand

Milledgeville at Amboy

Morrison at Dixon

Pearl City at West Carroll

Freeport Aquin at Orangeville

Fulton at Orion

TUESDAY

Eastland at Pearl City

Le-Win at West Carroll

Polo at Forreston

Rockridge at Fulton

Sherrard at Morrison

Stockton at River Ridge

Sterling Newman at Peru St. Bede

Rockford Auburn at Freeport

Sterling at Rock Falls

Varsity volleyball scores

AUG. 28

Fulton 2, West Carroll 1 (10-25, 25-20, 25-14): Brooke Huizenga posted 11 kills and 5 digs as the Steamers bounced back from a slow start to beat the Thunder in Savanna. Also for Fulton, Emily Schipper had 9 kills, Daekota Knott had 4 aces, and Kylie Sweenie added 11 assists.

Galena 2, Milledgeville 0 (25-17, 25-16)

Le-Win 2, Dakota 1 (23-25, 25-16, 25-17)

Rock Falls 2, Annawan 0 (25-12, 25-21)

Prophetstown 2, Amboy 1 (17-25, 25-10, 25-17)

AUG. 29

Pearl City 2, Polo 0 (25-13, 25-16)

River Ridge 2, Orangeville 0 (25-20, 25-16)

Rockford Lutheran 2, Forreston 0 (25-16, 25-14)

Durand 2, East Dubuque 0 (25-7, 25-15)

Galena 2, Scales Mound 0 (25-11, 25-14)

Dixon 2, Sterling Newman 1 (28-26, 23-25, 25-22)

Oregon 2, Dakota 0 (26-24, 25-14)

Rock Falls 2, Mendota 0 (25-12, 25-22)

Erie 2, Galva 0 (25-19, 25-16)

Amboy 2, Indian Creek 1 (25-18, 20-25, 25-23)

AFC 2, LaMoille/Ohio 1 (17-25, 25-20, 25-17)

AUG. 30

Orangeville 2, Scales Mound 0 (25-18, 25-20)

Prophetstown 2, Annawan 1 (25-12, 22-25, 25-18)

AUG. 31

Sterling Newman 2, United Township 0 (25-15, 25-17)

Sterling 2, Rock Island 0 (25-9, 25-9)

Galena 2, River Ridge 1 (25-23, 17-25, 25-23)

Bureau Valley 2, Fulton 1 (25-27, 28-26, 25-20)

East Dubuque 2, Polo 0 (25-15, 25-12)

Freeport 2, Rockford Boylan 1 (25-19, 14-25, 25-22)

Rock Falls 2, Geneseo 0 (25-17, 25-17)

Dixon 2, Princeton 0 (25-23, 25-21)

AFC 2, Hinckely-Big Rock 0 (25-15, 25-14)

SEPT. 1

Eastland 2, Woodstock North 0 (25-14, 25-20)

Eastland 2, Dakota 0 (25-18, 25-21)

Le-Win 2, East Peoria 0 (25-11, 25-11)

Oregon 2, Pearl City 1 (22-25, 25-16, 15-7)

Rockford Keith Country Day 2, Freeport Aquin 0 (25-13, 25-17)

Stockton 2, Stillman Valley 1 (24-26, 25-18, 15-12)

Pearl City 2, Erie 1 (23-25, 25-13, 15-13)

Le-Win 2, Forreston 1 (14-25, 25-11, 15-13)

SEPT. 2

Durand 2, Eastland 1 (25-27, 25-15, 15-12)

Oregon 2, Eastland 1 (21-25, 25-17, 15-7)

Forreston 2, Eastland 0 (30-28, 25-18)

Sterling 2, Dixon 0 (20-12, 20-7)

Sterling 2, Princeton 0 (20-8, 20-7)

Rock Falls 2, Morrison 0 (21-13, 21-6)

Bureau Valley 2, Morrison 0 (21-9, 21-10)

Le-Win 2, Mendota 0 (25-20, 25-20)

Sterling 2, Sterling Newman 0 (20-15, 20-10)

Rockford Keith Country Day 2, Stockton 1 (25-15, 22-25, 15-6)

Freeport Aquin 2, Stillman Valley 1 (25-8, 21-25, 15-7)

Sterling 2, Bureau Valley 0 (25-10, 25-14)

Sterling 2, Rock Falls 0 (25-20, 25-22)

Sterling Newman 2, Dixon 1 (20-13, 12-20, 15-12)

Rockford Keith Country Day 2, Le-Win 1 (26-24, 16-25, 15-11)

Sterling Newman 2, Princeton 0 (20-13, 20-16)

Princeton 2, Morrison 1 (22-25, 25-14, 15-8)

Rock Falls 2, Sterling Newman 0 (25-15, 25-17)

Bureau Valley 2, Sterling Newman 0 (25-21, 26-24)

Le-Win 2, Tinley Park 1 (18-25, 25-23, 25-13)

Rock Island 2, Morrison 0 (20-14, 20-14)

Dakota 2, Pearl City 1 (23-25, 25-19, 25-13)

Mendota 2, Pearl City 1 (24-26, 25-10, 16-14)

Dakota 2, Freeport Aquin 1 (19-25, 25-15, 15-8)

Varsity boys golf results

AUG. 28

at Valley View, Cambridge

1- Sterling Newman: 172

2- Morrison: 198

3- Orion: 203

Medalist: Cael Sanders, Sterling Newman (41)

Other Newman scores: Jacob Rude: 42, Cody Britt: 44, Josh Payan: 45, Blake Wolfe: 48, Brady Moran: 56

Morrison scores: Adam Lindstrom: 44, Noah VanZuiden: 47, Corbin Wilkens: 51, Ryan Damhoff: 56

at Rock River Golf & Pool, Rock Falls

1- Rock Falls: 172

2- Genoa-Kingston: 185

Medalist: Nick Gargani, G-K (36)

at Shady Oaks, Amboy

1- Amboy: 209

2- Hinckley-Big Rock: 231

Medalist: Caleb Sarff, Amboy (45)

at Hidden Lake, Sheffield

1- Bureau Valley: 164

2- Erie: 207

Medalist: Colton Novotny, BV (36)

AUG. 29

at Lake Carroll, Lanark

1- Eastland/Milledgeville: 210

2- Amboy: 216

Medalist: Caleb Sarff, Amboy: 47

E/M scores: Brady Balk: 46, Kaden Henze: 51, Dawson DeMichele: 53, Nick Kane: 58, Treyton Selman: 59, Riley Stover: 64

at Sunset, Mt. Morris

1- Polo: 183

2- Forreston: 198

Medalist: Lane Hopkins, Polo: 41

Polo scores: Trevin Woodin: 44, Mack Llanas: 45, Hayden Bittinger: 53, Justin Young: 57, Megan Call: 59

at Emerald Hill, Sterling

1- Sterling: 160

2- Geneseo: 164

Medalist: Nick Ceruzzi, Sterling: 36

Other Sterling scores: Nate Olson: 37, Jake Alston: 43, Luke Steinke: 44, Nathaniel Stout: 46, Joe Sivita: 46, Charles Lehman: 50, Kurt Clevenger: 55

at Sinnissippi, Rockford

1- Rock Falls: 180

2- Rockford Lutheran: 186

Medalist: Grant Wasson, Rock Falls (43)

at Mendota

1- Dixon: 183

2- Mendota: 185

at Byron Hills, Byron

1- Riverdale: 145

2- Princeton: 180

3- Prophetstown: 187

at Valley View, Cambridge

1- Ridgewood: 163

2- Bureau Valley: 170

AUG. 30

at Silver Ridge, Oregon

1- Rochelle: 174

2- Oregon: 192

3- North Boone: 214

Medalists: Adam Merrill, Oregon & Garrett Glosser, Rochelle (38)

at Prairie View, Dixon

1- Byron: 176

2- Dixon: 184

Medalists: Jon Silvers & Tony Eddy, Byron (40)

at Spring Creek, Spring Valley

1- Peru St. Bede: 177

2- Orion: 208

3- Erie: 235

Medalist: John Pothoff, Peru St. Bede (39)

AUG. 31

at Sandburr Run, Thomson

1- West Carroll: 195

2- Pecatonica: 232

Medalist: Ethan Reiland, West Carroll (42)

Other West Carroll scores: Deacon Hill: 47, Aaron Haring: 49, Ty Aljets: 59, Jacob McLuckie: 61, Brody Artman: 63

at Deer Valley, Deer Grove

1- Rockridge: 172

2- Princeton: 179

3- Morrison: 197

Medalist: Jimmy Johnson, Rockridge (39)

Morrison scores: Adam Lindstrom: 42, Noah VanZuiden: 44, Corbin Wilkens: 54, Jacob Brown: 57, Ryan Damhoff: 58

at Silver Ridge, Oregon

1- Polo: 178

2- Dakota: 206

Medalist: Mack Llanas, Polo (38)

Other Polo scores: Justin Young: 44, Trevin Woodin: 47, Lane Hopkins: 49, Megan Call: 54, Hayden Bittinger: 55

at Emerald Hill, Sterling

1- Sterling Newman: 166

2- Fulton: 181

Medalist: Jacob Rude, Sterling Newman (39)

Other Newman scores: Cody Britt: 40, Blake Wolfe: 42, Cael Sanders: 45, Josh Payan: 47, Blake Gockel: 60

Fulton scores: Jason Sikkema: 41, Patrick Wiebenga: 43, Andrew Schrader: 46, Alex Hartman: 51, Josh Vander Ploeg: 52, Tim Outzen: 53

at Shady Oaks, Sublette

1- Freeport Aquin: 180

2- Amboy: 201

Medalist: Javier Jazo, Aquin (38)

at Beaver Creek, Capron

1- Rock Falls: 166

2- North Boone: 182

Medalists: Grant Wasson, Jalen Bicket, Brayden Schulz, Rock Falls & Mason Yunk, NB (41)

Varsity girls golf results

AUG. 28

at Rock River Golf & Pool, Rock Falls

1- Genoa-Kingston: 257

2- Rock Falls: 286

Medalist: Hannah Mueller, G-K (59)

at Lake Erie, Erie

1- Erie: 185

2- Riverdale: 249

3- Orion: 275

Medalists: Riley Redell & Madison Newton, Erie (40)

at Saukie, Rock Island

1- Geneseo: 157

2- Rock Island: 227

3- Prophetstown: 248

Medalist: Jenna Cheek, Geneseo (37)

AUG. 30

at Lake Carroll, Lanark

1- Rockford Lutheran: 180

2- Freeport: 209

3- Eastland/Milledgeville: 213

Medalist: Maxine Nesemeier, Freeport (41)

E/M scores: Lydia Coatney: 48, Jenna French: 51, Emma Norton: 53, Chloe Anderson: 61, Ashley Janssen: 64, Naomi Mullen: 73

at Timber Pointe, Poplar Grove

1- Belvidere: 190

2- Rock Falls: 287

Medalist: Morgan McNulty, Belvidere (40)

at Hidden Lake, Sheffield

1- Erie: 196

2- Bureau Valley: 256

Medalists: Madison Newton & Riley Redell, Erie (45)

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