Football season recapped game by game
Here is a game-by-game recap of each of the 14 Carlinville football games, finishing 12-2 and a state runner up trophy in Class 3A.
Week 1 – at Carlinville 54, Roxana 0
The Cavies outgained Roxana 418-35 in total yards in devouring the Shells in the season opener.
Adam Walton completed 11 of 18 passes for 19 yards and two scores. Josh Hinzman had two touchdown catches and 78 yards.
Week 2 – Carlinville 42, at Vandalia 13
The first road test was no problem as the Cavaliers got 269 yards rushing from Jacob Dixon in a 42-13 win at Vandalia.
Dixon had four touchdowns all told for the Cavies.
Week 3 – Carlinville 25, at Greenville 12
Another tough road game, this time it was delayed about 24 hours after heavy rains hit Friday.
When completed, the Cavaliers prevailed by a 25-12 score. Walton completed 10 of 14 for 162 yards. Brady Jamieson and Brady Egelhoff each had touchdown receptions.
Week 4 – Pana 25, at Carlinville 23
Again delayed a day by poor weather, the Cavies lost a Saturday night special despite taking a 23-6 first quarter lead.
Pana rallied with 19 unanswered to stun the Cavaliers. J.Dixon rushed for 176 yards on 36 carries. Walton completed 13 of 23 passes for 153 yards and two touchdowns.
Week 5 – Carlinville 49, at Staunton 0
J.Dixon rushed for 296 yards on just 15 carries, scoring four times in the Cavaliers big road win at Staunton.
Carlinville outgained Staunton 508-35 in the contest.
Week 6 – at Carlinville 51, Gillespie 7
J.Dixon scored seven touchdowns – six rushing touchdowns, all in the first half, and returning the second half kickoff the distance for another. He finished with 236 yards rushing on 22 carries against the Miners.
Week 7 – Carlinville 35, at Hillsboro 12
What was primed to be a big contest between two playoff contenders was another Carlinville victory on the road in Week 7.
Dixon rushed for 227 yards and three touchdowns. Walton threw for 169 yards and two scores, and Konnor Emmons caught two passes for 60 yards. Kyle Dixon had four catches for 58 yards.
Week 8 – Carlinville 56, at Southwestern 0
K.Dixon had an 87-yard punt return for a touchdown on the final play of the first quarter for a 28-0 Cavies lead, and they never looked back.
J. Dixon rushed for 194 yards on just eight carries and three touchdowns. Blake Richardson caught four passes for 46 yards.
Week 9 – at Carlinville 65, Litchfield 10
J.Dixon set the single season rushing record for a regular season, getting 126 yards on 13 carries and three touchdowns as the Cavies hit the 60-point plateau.
Garrett Campbell rushed for 65 yards and Tucker Hughes had 64 yards rushing with two touchdowns.
Week 10 – at Carlinville 76, East Alton-Wood River 19
Touchdowns kept on coming in the playoff opener on a Friday night.
J.Dixon had a school-record 328 yards on just 10 carries, scoring five touchdowns as the Cavies made easy work of the Oilers.
Richardson had two interceptions, including a pick-six of 43 yards in the fourth quarter.
Week 11 – at Carlinville 42, Williamsville 35
K.Dixon made a first-quarter diving interception to set the tone, finishing with two picks. The Cavaliers and Bullets went back and fourth, before a fourth quarter touchdown pass from Walton to Jamieson of 46 yards with less than two minutes to go gave the Cavaliers the win.
It was the first second-round win for the Cavaliers since 2001. Walton completed 14 of 23 passes for 203 yards. J.Dixon rushed for 248 yards on 32 attempts and four touchdowns.
Week 12 – Carlinville 32, at Newton 21
The road was kind for the Cavaliers as they picked up a win over previously unbeaten Newton to reach the state semifinals.
J.Dixon rushed for 315 yards on 40 carries and scored all five CHS touchdowns.
Week 13 – Carlinville 27, at North Mac 21
In the battle of Macoupin County, the Cavaliers punched their ticket to state for the first time since 1993, defeating North Mac on a late J.Dixon interception with nine seconds left.
J.Dixon had rushed for 266 yards on 39 attempts and three touchdowns earlier in the game. North Mac, in the quarterfinals for the first time, had trimmed the lead to six and had two chances to take the lead but came up short each time.
Week 14 – Elmhurst IC 43, Carlinville 0 at Champaign
The Knights were simply too much in the championship game, scoring 15 points in the first minute and 29 points in the first quarter en route to a 43-0 victory.
J.Dixon finished the season with 115 yards rushing against the Knights, and 3,113 yards for the season, scoring 45 rushing touchdowns.