“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.