The Mendota football team scored early and often Friday at Rock Falls.
The Trojans dropped 28 first-quarter points and scored 50 points in the first half as MHS rolled to a 57-34 Big Northern Conference West Division victory over the Rockets.
Mendota (3-4, 1-3 BNC West) churned out 522 yards of offense, including 427 yards on the ground, and ran for seven touchdowns.
Trojan junior running back Wyatt Martinson led the attack as he rushed for 246 yards and four touchdowns, including a pair of first-quarter scores.
MHS fullback Jimmy Bruno ran for 60 yards and a TD, while quarterback Jake Buchanan ran for and threw a TD.
Ottawa 49, Dixon 21
The Pirates exploded for 28 points in the first quarter and another 14 in the second quarter en route to the rout in Friday’s Northern Illinois Big 12 Conference West Division game in Dixon.
Weston Hoffman started things off for the Pirates as he ran for a 40-yard score with 6:39 left in the first quarter.
Chase Hill then returned an interception 65 yards for a touchdown and Carter Krause connected with Joshua Williams for a pair of touchdown passes to cap the first quarter scoring.
In the second quarter, Krause tossed a 22-yard TD pass to Cody Stokes and hooked up with Williams for a 24-yard score.
Dixon got on the board with 5:37 left in the third quarter, but Ottawa immediately responded with a 90-yard scoring scamper by Trent Porter.
Krause finished 5-of-6 for 127 yards and four touchdowns for the Pirates (2-5, 2-1 NIB 12 West).
Marquette 48, Mooseheart 0
The Crusaders had little problems Friday as they rolled to the shutout victory in a Northeastern Athletic Conference game in Ottawa.
Marquette remained a perfect 7-0 overall and in NAC play with the win.
Bureau Valley 36, Amboy-LaMoille 28
Parker Neuhalfen ran for 236 yards and three touchdowns and made the game-clinching interception in the end zone to seal the Storm’s Three Rivers Conference North Division victory Friday in Manlius.
Tommy Johnston also ran for 136 yards and two first-quarter scores for BV (3-4, 2-2 TRC North), which remained in the playoff hunt.
Jason Bontz had 206 yards rushing and two touchdowns for the Clippers (2-5, 2-2 TRC North), who were officially eliminated from the playoffs with the defeat.
Annawan-Wethersfield 41, River Valley 20
Sam Poignant ran for two touchdowns and caught a TD pass Friday, but it wasn’t enough as the Falcons dropped a Little Trail Conference game on the road.
Poignant’s 5-yard touchdown run with 6:01 left in the first quarter gave River Valley an 8-0 lead, and he caught a 2-yard TD pass from Nathan Helle with 1:05 left before halftime to pull the Falcons within six at 20-14.
Poignant added a 3-yard touchdown run with 2:58 left in the third quarter to pull RV within seven at 27-20 entering the final 12 minutes.
The fourth quarter was all Titans as they scored a pair of touchdowns to pull away.
Poignant finished with 30 rushing yards, while Helle had a team-high 74.
Orion 65, Princeton 16
J.J. Vaccaro caught a first-quarter touchdown and returned a second-quarter kickoff for a score, but the Tigers were blown out in Friday’s Three Rivers Conference South Division game in Orion.
Vaccaro caught a 21-yard pass from quarterback Jacob Reinhardt and returned the kickoff 65 yards.
Orion (4-3, 3-2 TRC South) scored 52 first-half points as it rolled to the win over PHS (0-7, 0-4 TRC South), which has now lost 18 straight games but did score a season high in points.
At Palos Hills
IVCC is tied for second after the second day of the region tournament at Moraine Valley Community College.
The No. 1 doubles team of Karly Rosencrans and April Kutz advanced to the finals today, while Rosencrans also earned a spot in the No. 2 singles final. Kutz will play for third at No. 1 singles.
Kayla Guenther earned a spot in the No. 3 singles final and also advanced to the No. 2 doubles final with teammate Bianca Sutton, who will play in the No. 5 singles third-place match.
Also playing for third today are No. 6 singles player Emily Santman and the No. 3 doubles team of Santman and Kaylee Sienza.
Hinckley-Big Rock def. LaMoille-Ohio 25-9, 25-22
The Lady Lions fell Friday in the third-place match of the Little Ten Conference Tournament in Leland.
Rae Schultz had 21 points and four assists, while Rage Forbes added 12 digs for L-O (14-6).
“We didn’t have an answer for H-BR’s tough serving and overall we were not ourselves,” L-O coach Hallie May said.
IVCC moved from fifth place to fourth place in the Region IV Tournament with a 326 on Friday at Prairie View Golf Course.
Baley Lehr led the Eagles with an 80. Also scoring for IVCC were Kyle Chase (81), Tanner Galyen (82) and Hunter Schultz (83).
Black Hawk leads the tournament.