This page was last updated on Monday, October 27, 2014.
BY DOUG MAXEY
IHSA FOOTBALL PAIRINGS RELEASED – by Tom Benefiel (10-27-14)
The GCMS Falcons have qualified for the Illinois High School Association Class 2A football playoffs and will be on the road against an old Wauseca Conference foe, Clifton Central.
The 3rd-seeded Comets (8-1, Sangamon Valley Conference) will take on the 6th-seeded Falcons (6-3, Heart of Illinois Conference) at 7 P-M on Saturday, November 1st. WGCY will have the broadcast.
In all, the HOIC has five teams in Class 2A (#1 Fieldcrest hosts #8 Deer Creek-Mackinaw, #5 El Paso-Gridley is at #4 Momence, #3 Tri-Valley hosts #6 Maroa-Forsyth, and GCMS), and two teams in Class 1A (#15 Flanagan-Cornell-Woodland at #2 Abingdon and #8 LeRoy hosts #9 Arthur).
WEEK NINE – FALCONS CLINCH PLAYOFF SPOT WITH TOUGH WIN OVER FISHER – by Tom Benefiel (10-25-14)
The GCMS Falcons clinch a playoff spot with a win over the Bunnies in Fisher, 21-6.
The Falcons received touchdown runs of three yards by Key-shawn Girkin and 29-yards by Nick Meunier to take the win on the road. This is the 20th of 22 wins in football against the Bunnies.
Zach Johnson also caught a 29-yard touchdown pass from Keegan Allen for the Falcons (6-3, 5-2), who secured a playoff berth with the win.
Conrad Thomas cut into the GCMS 14-0 halftime lead with a four-yard touchdown run in the third quarter for the Bunnies (3-6, 2-6).
It seemed as if Fisher had a defensive stop sewn up, but a roughing the passer penalty against the Bunnies gave the Falcons a first down that ultimately lead to Johnson's touchdown grab.
The Falcon Fan of the Game was Mike Doman, while the Falcon Trivia winner was Lisa Heap.
LeROY TOO MUCH FOR DEPLEATED RIDGEVIEW - by Tom Benefiel (10-25-14)
Corbin Litherland rushed 11 times for 104 yards and one touchdown while Austin Starkey had two TDs as LeRoy (7-2, 5-2) topped visiting Ridgeview (0-9, 0-8).
LeRoy quarterback Bryce Dooley scored on a 36-yard run to open the scoring. He later added an 11-yard TD pass to Eli Kerns, who also scored on a 70-yard punt return.
Starkey scored on runs of 4 and 6 yards. Teammate Mason Beadles finished with five carries for 81 yards.
Ridgeview's Thomas Hardesty completed 10 of 20 passes for 98 yards. Teammate Zack Bottles rushed three times for 100 yards and scored on a 70-yard run in the first quarter.
This is the second winless season for the Mustangs as they are still looking for a win with their new co-op with Blue Ridge.
HEART OF ILLINOIS
GCMS 21, Fisher 6
Taylorville 28, Chillicothe IVC 0 - non-conference
Paxton-Buckley-Loda 28, St. Thomas More 0