BY MARVIN HOLMAN
---- — VEEDERSBURG, Ind. — Fountain Central football coach Brian Moore has seen a lot of things in his years of coaching, but he honestly could not remember seeing a performance from Trevor Loveall on Friday.
Loveall returned a punt for a touchdown, caught a 38-yard pass from Koby Pierce and returned an interception for 80 points all within the first five minutes of the first quarter of the Mustangs’ 76-14 win over Riverton Parke.
“It was pretty cool to see,” Fountain Central coach Brian Moore said. “He is a good player and he just seemed to be in the right places for everything to happen so that was pretty rare. He is a great playmaker for us.”
Loveall also caught two passes for 40 yards during the game, which saw the Mustangs pile up 423 total yards.
With the win, the Mustangs are 3-0 with an offense that has scored at least 47 points in each game, but Moore says to not expect big scores for most of the rest of the season as they play tougher teams
“Offensively we are doing pretty well,” Moore said. “We have been playing some young teams, so we are not going to have any illusions of grandeur going into the rest of the season.
“We are just going to focus on getting our assignments right and execute on every play.”
The Mustangs will travel to Covington next week.
Second half comeback
MILFORD — For the second straight week, the Milford/Cissna Park football team were in a situation where they were tied at halftime.
The Bearcats were tied 7-7 with Iroquois West before coach Clint Schwartz challenged the team.
“At halftime, we talked to our players about doing their jobs and not worrying about anyone else,” Schwartz said. “If they would do that, good things would happen.”
MCP did its job in the second half as Devon Laubscher scored on a 1-yard touchdown in the third quarter and a 43-yard score in the fourth.
“We were able to score twice in the second half because of big plays,” Schwartz said. “Laubscher led the team in rushing, but Jacob Marquez was not too far behind him. Our team is buying into the system and into what we are telling them.”
On defense, the Bearcats held Iroquois West scoreless.
“Defensively, we made some huge stops and shut them out in the second half and the offense fed off of them,” Schwartz said.
MCP is 2-0 and will take on Bismarck-Henning in the first week of Vermilion Valley Conference action.
Running the table
Rushing was the key for many teams in victories on Friday and for a lot of local teams in Illinois, it was more than just one rusher having all of the fun.
Along with Laubscher’s 110 yards and Jacob Marquez’s 91 for MCP, Bismarck-Henning’s Patrick Ganley had 110 yards on the ground while teammate Mo Abbed had 88 yards and Dustyn Ingram added 75.
In Salt Fork’s 50-6 win over Martinsville, Cole Taylor had 107 yards while Dylan Bina had 179 yards and Troy Rodriguez added 118 for Georgetown-Ridge Farm/Chrisman in its 42-20 win over Tri-County.
In Indiana, it was more of a team effort. Jared Fishero had 93 yards on just two carries for Fountain Central while teammates Alex Haddock and Laine Frazee each had 52 while Brady Sheridan had 98 yards on the ground for Attica in its 43-0 win over Seeger with Tyler Campbell getting 61 yards and Lance Whorrall picking up 59.
Next week’s action
The Vermilion Valley Conference season starts as Westville takes on Salt Fork, Milford/Cissna-Park will play Bismarck-Henning and Hoopeston Area will play Georgetown-Ridge Farm/Chrisman. Oakwood/Armstrong-Potomac will try to get its first win of the season in non-conference action against Arcola.
Danville will also be going for its first win as the Vikings will host Champaign Centennial in Big 12 Conference action.
In the Wabash River Conference, Attica takes on Rockville, Fountain Central will play Covington and Seeger will travel to Riverton Parke. In non-conference action, North Vermillion will play North Central (Farmersburg) and Turkey Run will play Cloverdale.