Football

Eagles shut out against state-ranked Sages

MONTICELLO — Rantoul was unable to gain any momentum Friday night, falling victim to Monticello’s defense, which pitched another shutout in a 50-0 win and has now allowed only two scores in four games.

"We've been practicing pretty hard on defense," Monticello senior Riley Austin said, "just to make sure everybody is doing their job."


Name recognition: Delaney has led the Bunnies to a 4-0 mark ahead of huge clash with GCMS

FLANAGAN — They liked the kid from the first moment they saw him stroll into the meeting.

There was a special flare about him. Confidence rare for his age. A unique way of communicating. The leadership skills were there, easy to see from the start, and he was competitive, too. He was a special kid, they described him.


Name recognition: Wilson has led the Fisher backfield, putting up area-best numbers

FLANAGAN — The play may not stick out to many, but perhaps it should.

It’s not as if they come routinely for Tyler Wilson. In fact, they rarely ever do.


Falcons, Bunnies square off in rivalry dominated by GCMS

FISHER — Thirteen miles separate Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley from Fisher High School.

When the schools' football teams meet at 7 p.m. Friday, they will do so with soon-to-be teammates facing off against each other.


Bunnies breeze past FCW

FLANAGAN — Jake Palmer could call himself the next Nostradamus. Well … sort of.

As his offense took the field holding an 8-0 lead Friday night, Fisher’s football coach shouted out a pair of play calls to his junior quarterback Will Delaney — a pitch to the outside for running back Tyler Wilson and a go-route to Tyler Martin up the right sideline.


Game preview: Rantoul vs. St. Thomas More

Rantoul (1-3) vs. St. Thomas More (2-2)

7 p.m. Saturday

Memorial Stadium, Champaign

Storyline

Eagles

Rantoul ran into a buzzsaw last week in the form of Monticello’s passing attack, which burned the Eagles in a 50-0 blowout.


‘FIELD OF DREAMS’: Ihnen, host of Rantoul community members have come together in support of Eagles football

RANTOUL — When Tom Hess first took over as head coach of Rantoul football, one of the key pillars of the program he wanted to build was a stronger community.

Delbert Ihnen and his family have taken that to heart.


Rantoul introduces 2018 HOF class

At halftime of its game against Olympia Friday night, Rantoul Township High School honored its 2018 Hall of Fame class.

Mike Brown

Class of 1980


Game preview: Fisher at Flanagan-Cornell-Woodland/Roanoke Benson

Fisher (3-0) at FCW/RB (0-3)

7 p.m.

Flanagan

Storyline

Bunnies

When the schedule came out, most people figured a 2-1 start for the Bunnies would be good enough. Everyone except the players and coaching staff.


Game preview: Rantoul at Monticello

Rantoul (1-2) at Monticello (3-0)

7 p.m.

Monticello

Storyline

Eagles

The Eagles are flying high — pun painfully intended — after their first home victory since 2014 with a thrilling 36-28 overtime triumph over Olympia.


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