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FISHER — A huge fan presence and an even bigger running game helped lead the Fisher football team to a 42-28 victory against Blue Ridge/Ridgeview/Lexington in the season opener at home Friday night.
RANTOUL — After winning just one game in its last 27, the Rantoul Eagles football team made it two in 28 with a 14-7 win against Charleston Friday night at Rantoul’s Bill Walsh Field.
“It’s been a long time coming,” Rantoul head coach Ira Jefferson said. “I was just so happy for the kids.”
■ Rantoul 2, Pontiac 1. Rantoul bounced back after dropping the first set to Pontiac with a 19-25, 25-22, 25-23 victory. Peyton Smith had 24 digs for the Eagles, while three different players finished with four kills.
■ At Rantoul. Host Rantoul/Paxton-Buckley-Loda topped runner-up Hoopeston Area and Fisher in a triangular at Brookhill as Keegan Brooks and Caleb Gossett claimed medalist honors with each carding a 39 Tuesday. Carter Riecks (42) and Gabe Armstrong (43) also went low for Rantoul/PBL.
FISHER — It’s that old tried-and-true cliché of taking it one day at a time, but Fisher head football coach Matt Leng wants his players to buy into that and just focus on the here and now.
Rushing attempts by Tate Guthrie. As a senior, Guthrie was the “thunder” to Parker Lee’s “lightning” in the 2014 season. Head coach Jeremy Dirksmeyer said Guthrie’s production will be impossible to replace this season.
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Rushing yards and touchdowns from Onycai Lawson in 2014. With Lawson choosing not to play football this year, the Eagles will have to find other options to replace his offensive output.
OAKWOOD — While he may have lost his offensive “thunder and lightning” in Tate Guthrie and Parker Lee, Oakwood/Armstrong-Potomac head football coach Jeremy Dirksmeyer is quite confident with the crew he’ll roll out this season.
RANTOUL — The preseason for the Rantoul football team has been a bit of a roller coaster ride for Ira Jefferson. Ask the Eagles’ head coach how the team is looking, and the answer could vary from moment to moment.
Seniors on the 2015 Fisher squad. The Bunnies should benefit greatly from the veteran experience of their senior-laden roster. A strong group in its last year could propel Fisher to some good things.