Yorkville 14, Sycamore 0: RB Michael Kurtz ran 35 times for 152 yards and his touchdown run and two-point conversion run with 7:22 remaining sealed the Northern Illinois Big 12 East victory for the Foxes (6-1, 3-0). Yorkville’s defense limited Sycamore’s standout RB Dion Hooker to 48 yards rushing.
“Our game plan was to take him away and the kids rose to the occasion,” coach Karl Hoinkes told WSPY radio.
The win sets the stage for a showdown at DeKalb next Friday with the undefeated Barbs in a game that will decide the Northern Illinois Big 12 East title.
“I don’t think many people would’ve predicted that for week 8 at the start of the season,” Hoinkes said.
Metea Valley 48, East Aurora 6: Mustangs (4-3, 3-2) had three runners and three receivers each score TDs in the Upstate Eight Valley win over the Tomcats (0-7, 0-5).
Bryson Oliver (5 carries, 60 yards), had a 7-yard TD run and QB Kyle Mooney connected with Nick Dodson and Michael Sfikas on TD passes of 18 and 9 yards, respectively, all in the first quarter.
RB Immanuel Palmer (18-65) scored on a 10-yard second-half TD, capping a drive that featured RB Armani Cummings (9-98).
Morris 26, Kaneland 20: Two TDs in the final 4:19 helped Morris (3-4, 1-2) rally from a 14-12 deficit, keep their playoff hopes alive and eliminate the Knights (2-5, 0-3) from playoff contention.
QB Jake Marczuk completed 19 of 35 passes for 279 yards and three TDs in the Northern Illinois Big 12 East game. All three scores went to WR Connor Fedderly, who had eight catches for 142 yards.
Geneva 41, West Chicago 12: QB Daniel Santacaterina completed 16 of 21 passes for 289 yards and three TDs to lead the Vikings (7-0, 4-0) in the Upstate Eight River game. Michael Landi had four receptions for 134 yards and one score and Pace Temple six for 69 and a TD.
Batavia 48, Elgin 14: RB Zach Garrett ran 15 times for 136 yards to lead the Bulldogs (6-1, 5-0), who built a 35-0 halftime lead on the way to the UEC River win that secures a playoff berth.
Plano 45, Sandwich 24: The Reapers (4-3, 3-2) rallied from a 24-10 halftime deficit with 23 third-quarter
Points to claim the win in the rivalry game with the Indians (0-7, 0-5).
Tony Elias-Cadena ran 25 times for 181 yards and three TDs to lead Plano. Kody Randa had 22 carries for 91 yards and one score for the Reapers.
Ottawa Marquette 34, Mooseheart 6: Marquette (5-2. 5-2) controlled the ball with a strong running game Friday in a Northeastern Athletic Conference victory. Marquette gained 328 yards on 79 carries with Joe Wheatland rushing for 141 yards and three touchdowns. Mooseheart (3-4, 3-4) got its initial first down early in the fourth quarter and scored later on the drive when quarterback Zach Urwiler hit David Serrano for a 42-yard TD pass.
West Aurora 27, No. 7 Waubonsie Valley 24 (2 OT)
Oswego 24, Plainfield East 21
Oswego East 34, Plainfield Central 17
Metea Valley 48, East Aurora 6
Geneva 41, West Chicago 12
Batavia 48, Elgin 13
Marmion 49, De La Salle 13
Yorkville 14, Sycamore 0
Morris 26, Kaneland 21
Glenbard South 20, Aurora Central 7
St. Laurence 31, Aurora Christian 28
Plano 45, Sandwich 24
Ottawa Marquette 34, Mooseheart 6