The Marquette football team stayed perfect Friday night behind a strong effort from quarterback Patrick Killelea.
The junior completed 6-of-6 passes for 147 yards and three touchdowns while also running for a touchdown to lead the Crusaders to a 40-6 victory over Luther North in a Northeastern Athletic Conference game in Ottawa.
Marquette (8-0, 8-0 NAC) built a 40-0 lead before Luther North scored with 1:23 left in the game.
Killelea put Marquette on the board in the first quarter with a 15-yard touchdown pass to Tyler Verona.
In the second quarter, Killelea ran in for a 1-yard touchdown and also tossed a 57-yard touchdown pass to Tyler Hellman. Elliot Kowalski also returned a fumble 39 yards for a touchdown in the second quarter as Marquette built a 28-0 halftime lead.
Killela threw a 14-yard touchdown pass to Hellman in the fourth quarter and the Crusaders capped their scoring with a 61-yard touchdown run by Isaac Jewett with 5:24 left.
Curtiss Johnson ran for 165 yards on 22 carries for Marquette, which closes the regular season Friday at Rockford Christian Life.
Amboy-LaMoille 48, Bureau Valley 13
After suffering their first loss of the season last week, the Clippers (7-1, 7-1 Big Rivers Conference) are back in the winning column with a rout against conference foe Bureau Valley (4-4, 4-4 BRC).
Two A-L running backs scored five of the Clippers seven touchdowns.
Senior Cooper Nelson racked up 128 of the Clippers’ 344 rushing yards and scored three touchdowns, including a 56-yard end zone visit in the fourth quarter. Bailey Appleman rushed for 56 yards and two touchdowns.
A-L’s defense caused three turnovers, including two fumble recoveries off five Storm fumbles and an interception.
The Storm’s sophomore quarterback Parker Neuhalfen replaced Tyler Barnas behind center as he went 4-for-8 for 30 yards, rushed 20 times for 108 yards and scored both BV touchdowns.
Oregon 49, Mendota 14
Coming off a thrilling win last week, the Trojans couldn’t make it two in a row as they dropped their home finale.
Jake Buchanan and James Carroll each tossed a touchdown pass for Mendota in the Big Northern Conference West game.
The Trojans fell behind 14-0 before Buchanan hooked up with Austin O’Sadnick for a 10-yard score with 3:50 left in the second quarter.
Carroll then threw a 14-yard touchdown pass to Trae Blumhorst with 21 seconds left in the first half to pull Mendota (2-6, 1-4 BNC West) within a touchdown at 21-14.
However, after halftime it was all Hawks as they scored 21 points in the third quarter and seven in the fourth quarter.
West Hancock 56, Princeton 13
After failing to score in three consecutive games, the Tigers got on the scoreboard Friday in a West Central Conference loss on the road.
Princeton fell behind 20-0 before Caleb Dickens connected with Josh Kieffer for a 14-yard touchdown pass with 1:50 left in the first quarter.
The Tigers (0-8, 0-7 WCC) added a 4-yard touchdown run by Logan Wilde in the second quarter.
Tremont 55, Fieldcrest 14
The Knights allowed the game’s first 14 points and later allowed 41 straight points as they fell in the Heart of Illinois Conference game in Minonk.
Jackson Puetz ran for a score for Fieldcrest (2-6, 2-5 HOIC), while Tremont improved to 7-1 overall.
Mercer County 55, River Valley 0
The Class 2A No. 1-ranked Golden Eagles were too much for the Falcons in the Lincoln Trail Conference game in Aledo.
River Valley fell to 2-6, while Mercer County improved to 8-0.