Missiles Rock A-Town In First Round Victory Over Abingdon-Avon With A Stunning Offensive Performance – and the Defense Wasn’t Bad Either
BY TOM KOCAL
(8) Milledgeville 56, (9) Abingdon-Avon 21
MILLEDGEVILLE – It started early. In fact, it started with Abingdon-Avon’s first play from scrimmage.
The Tornadoes standout sophomore QB Lukas Tinkham, who passed for over 1,500 yards this season, scrambled out of the pocket, fumbled, and the Missiles recovered.
Two plays later, Carson Boyer scored one of his four touchdown runs—two for over 50 yards—in the first half, en-route to a 56-21 demolition of the A-Town Tornadoes (7-3).
Missile QB Jack Munz scrambled for a 55-yard TD run, also in the first half, building a third quarter, 48-7 lead that kept the clock running for the rest of the game.
While the fired up Missiles (8-2) averaged over 28-points a game during the regular season, they did explode for 65- and 58-points against two 1-8 teams. But 56 points in the playoffs? Against the high-powered Tornadoes? A pleasant surprise for the team, and the fans.
But give credit where credit is due. The Missile defense was as stingy as its offense was productive, allowing only one Tornado offensive drive in the first half, and two scores late in the game as time ran out.
Boyer’s four touchdowns in the first half and over 200 rushing yards for the game.
The 8-2 Missiles travel to #1-ranked Lena-Winslow to battle in the Class 1A second round on Saturday, Nov. 4 (time TBD).
Featured photo at top: Missile tight end Grant Schurman (9) nearly snagged a Jack Munz pass over the outstretched arm of A-Town defender Josh McCune (91). (RiverReader photo/Tom Kocal)
(1) Lena Winslow 55, (16) Stark County 20
The Panthers led 34-0 after the first quarter to roll past the Stark County Rebels and improve to 10-0. Rahveon Valentine rushed for 176 yards on only six carries and three TD’s. Le-Win hosts Milledgeville (8-2) in the second round on Saturday, Nov. 4 (time TBD).
(3) Forreston 50, (14) Salt Fork 14
The Cardinals ran all over the Storm on their way to a 43-7 halftime lead in a first round victory over the Storm. Forreston will be on the road to take on the Fulton Steamers in the second round on Saturday, Nov. 4 (time TBD).
(11) Fulton 34, (6) Ottawa Marquette 16
(5) Aquin 30, (12) Fisher 27
A Zac Cummins field goal with two seconds left gave Aquin the lead for the first time, and the win, in its first round win over the Bunnies, setting up an NUIC Upstate rematch with Stockton at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 4.
(4) Stockton 36, (13) North Fulton 6
(10) Princeville 27, (7) Dakota 24 (2OT)
In the final minutes of its first round playoff game, Dakota tied the game at 14-14 to force overtime. Both teams scored in the first extra period before Dakota took a 24-21 lead in the second overtime. But Princeville scored a TD in the second overtime.
(2) Kewanee-Wethersfield 31, (15) Orangeville 14
Class 2A playoffs, first round
Thunder D Rumbles on the Road
West Carroll’s defense was dominant on Saturday, on the road against the Fieldcrest Knights, and came home with a 40-0 shutout win
MINONK – The 7th seeded Knights were held to just 70 total yards of offense, as the 10th-seeded Thunder sent the Knights packing in its first-round road victory in the Class 2A playoffs.
The Thunder (7-3) gave up a mere 9 yards rushing on 25 attempts by the Knights (7-3), just 61 yards passing, and gave up just six first downs. West Carroll’s dominant defense forced two fumbles, and its pass rush sacked Fieldcrest QB Cam Grandy five times, while the great pass coverage came up with four interceptions.
Jacob Dunk had two interceptions, Kody Plattenberger had one, and Dawson Wurster almost scored a defensive TD when he returned a pick late in the game.
Leading 16-0 at the half, Cory Simpson caught a pass from Kody Plattenberger on a fake punt on West Carroll’s 46-yard line, then Kaleb Plattenberger caught a swing pass and took it 23 yards for a TD with 1:35 left in the third.
West Carroll’s first round win earned them a home field battle in Savanna against the undefeated (10-0) 2nd seed Gibson City (G.C.-Melvin-Sibley) at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 4. GCMS advanced to the second round matchup by defeating NUIC rival Eastland-Pearl City 50-14.
Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley 50, Eastland-Pearl City 14
On the road, the Wildcatz (5-5) couldn’t contain the Falcons productive offense, while EPC’s high-powered running game was shut down. GCMS now must travel to Savanna to face the West Carroll Thunder.
Sterling Newman 27, Aurora Christion 18
Newman will host 8th seed Chicago (C. Hope Academy) (8-2), winners over (9) Chicago Orr 49-0 (time TBD).