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Mid County Cougars Stop Heat 14-29

By: Brian Bell, Quill Sports

The final score didn't reflect how close the Heat kept the score to the Mid County Cougars for their last home game of the 2010 varsity Football season.

The Heat opened the game with an onside kick and a big defensive stop forcing a turnover on downs which allowed the offense to take over but after a Jessie Pullen first down the Heat were forced to punt. The defense again forced Mid County to turn the ball over after four plays and after a couple of Toby Krow first downs Quarterback Dylan Bell was able to put the first score on the board with a 50 plus yard run straight into the end zone and Seth Mize would kick the extra point making it 7-0.

The Heat would hold that score until the second quarter when Mid County was able to score a field goal from the 35 yard line making it 7-3.

In the second quarter the Heat marched from the thirty yard line with big first down conversions by Dylan Bell, Shane Cavanaugh and Trey Goff setting up a touchdown pass from Bell to Brandon Brent.

The Cougars would answer the drive with their first touchdown of the night and at half-time the score was 14-9 and the Heat looked like they were right where they needed to be.

The second half started with a kickoff to Tyler Anderson to the 25 yard line. Anderson would get a first down two plays later but the Heat would come up short and were forced to punt to the Mid County 39 yard line.

The Cougars would roll all the way to the end zone with three first downs as #23 Jesse Humphrey rolled into the end-zone for their second touchdown putting the score at 14-15.

On the next drive the Heat would come up short and be forced to turn the ball over on downs. Again the Cougars marched up the field and into the end zone with another Humphreys touchdown making it 14-22.

The Heat would stall on their next possession turning the ball over on downs after two first downs. The defense held Mid County forcing a punt and again the Heat would try to move the ball from the 36 yard line. The Heat would turn the ball over to the Cougars who had one last scoring drive with 1:50 left in the fourth quarter. Again Humphrey scored making the score 14-29 which would be the final score at Biggsville for the 2010 season.

After the game West Central Principal Jon Bradburn echoed the sentiments of all Heat fans, "We were so close!" It was a heart-braking way to end the season on our home field.

Oneida, Il 10/18/2010 - The Heat JV came to town hoping to even the score from Fridays varsity showdown with the Cougars.

They started the game by stopping the Cougars and setting up a big first down by quarterback Trey Goff which led to a Goff to Austin Schneider Touchdown making the score 7-0 which they held until the end of the first quarter.

The Heat started the second quarter the same way with a big defensive stop and the Cougars stepped up to stop the Heat, switching the momentum with a big first down reception and a following touchdown. The Cougars elected to attempt the two point conversion and took the lead. With 1:50 left on the clock Trey Goff would take the ball 70 yards for a touchdown making it 13-8 at halftime.

The Heat JV would start the second half with a fumble recovery which led to an Evan Bell 48 yard touchdown dash.

The Heat would start the fourth quarter up 21-8 with a big first down play by Trey Goff followed by an 18 yard touchdown dash by Bell making the score 27-8. Seth Mize would kick off and make his own tackle on the 28 yard line.

The Cougars came up with a big first down and drove in for a touchdown at the last second making the final score 27-14.

The Freshman team has had some big success too and we encourage everyone to come out and the support them as they take on Illini West on Oct. 21st at 6:00 p.m. in Carthage.

IHSA Lincoln Trail Conference Standings:

(The top three teams have clinched playoff berths respectively in 1A and 2A)

School Conference Overall Playoff Points

Won Lost Won Lost Pts. For Against

Toulon (Stark County) 8 0 8 0 32 353 71

Aledo (Mercer County) * 7 1 7 1 33 304 93

Kewanee (Wethersfield) 6 2 6 2 34 264 162

Alexis (United) 5 3 5 3 35 170 164

[Annawan-W. Coop]Oneida (ROWVA) 5 3 5 3 35 217 132

[Mid-County Coop] 4 3 4 3 31 188 118

Princeville 4 4 4 4 36 193 175

Biggsville (West Central) 3 5 3 5 37 152 156

Cambridge [Ridgewood Coop] 1 7 1 7 76 203

Varna (Midland)[River Valley Coop] 1 7 1 7 99 265

Sciota (West Prairie) 0 8 0 8 62 469

*denotes 2A classification.