Edwardsville football coach Matt Martin didn’t want the tie.
He wanted the win.
In Friday’s Southwestern Conference game against East St. Louis, the Tigers pulled to 28-27 with 1:51 left.
However, instead of going for the tie, Martin opted for the two-point conversion, which quarterback Dan Marinko converted when he faked a run and tossed a pass to D’Anthony Knight for the game-winning points.
“We weren’t nervous at all,” Knight told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. “Well, a little, maybe, but we wanted this win.”
Knight sealed the victory with an interception with 1:12 left.
It was Edwardsville’s second on-the-field win over East St. Louis since 2005.
Sherfield steps up for Danville
Trent Sherfield did it all for Danville on Friday night.
Well, almost everything.
Sherfield, a senior quarterback and a Vanderbilt University recruit, accounted for 419 of the Vikings’ 420 yards of offense — or 99.8 percent — as he rallied Danville to a 35-19 win over Champaign Centennial in a Big 12 Conference showdown in Danville.
The 6-foot-1, 184-pound Sherfield threw for five touchdowns on a 15-for-22 performance for 274 yards and ran for 145 yards.
‘Better to be lucky than good’
Crete-Monee’s 16-game winning streak was a chip-shot field goal from being over.
With 10 seconds left in Friday’s game against Simeon, Crete-Monee — the defending Class 6A state champions and currently the No. 1-ranked team in 6A — was a 30-yard field goal away from losing.
However, Simeon kicker Raekwon Adams pushed the go-ahead field goal wide right and the Warriors escaped with a 14-12 win.
“It’s better to be lucky than good sometimes,” first-year Crete-Monee coach John Konecki, who took over when Jerry Verde left for Marian Catholic, told the Chicago Sun-Times.
A game of inches
The last time Quincy beat Rock Island on the road in football was the year the Supreme Court issued the Roe v. Wade ruling, the World Trade Center became the tallest building in the world and President Richard Nixon told a television audience, “I am not a crook.”
On Oct. 26, 1973, the Blue Devils beat the Rocks 20-17 on the road and haven’t won in Rock Island since.
On Friday, that came within inches of changing.
In a battle of unbeatens in the Western Big 6 Conference, a halfback pass from Quincy running back Jordan Osborne grazed off the fingertips of Bryce Unmising in the end zone in the final seconds as Rock Island — Class 6A’s No. 2-ranked team — survived and won 19-14.
“It was off his fingers,” Rock Island’s Lindor Divos told the Quad City Times. “We were that close to having an undefeated season taken away from us.”
Week 4 Games to Watch
From area conferences, Class 4A No. 3 Geneseo will travel to 5A No. 4 Sycamore in a Northern Illinois Big 12 Conference crossover, while 2A No. 5 Rockridge will play host to 3A No. 9 Sherrard. Also, 4A No. 2 Rockford Lutheran will play at 3A No. 10 Winnebago in a Big Northern Conference West Division showdown.
In central Illinois, 2A No. 1 Maroa-Forsyth will travel to Tolono Unity — which is tied for No. 1 in 3A — in an Okaw Valley crossover.
In the south Chicago suburbs, 8A No. 1 Loyola will travel to 6A No. 5 Providence in a Chicago Catholic Blue Division game, while in the central suburbs 8A No. 8 Oak Park-River Forest will play host to 7A No. 9 Downers Grove North in a West Suburban Silver Division showdown.
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