Prep football: North Mac now 2-0; Piasa stuffs
SLUG: prep football
HEADLINE: North Mac handles Pittsfield with second half blitz
Visiting Pittsfield kept North Mac off the scoreboard in the first half, but not the second.
Behind a 28-point third quarter, the Panthers beat the Saukees 28-0 Friday in their home opener, improving to 2-0. Pittsfield is 0-2.
The scoring was broken in the third quarter on a five-yard Brennan White touchdown. Griffin Hatalla added touchdown runs of one, seven and four yards to extend to a 28-0 lead. The Panthers added two scores in the fourth on a 13-yard touchdown pass from White to Josh Weller and a Nathan Drew two-yard run.
White completed 11 of 14 passes for 116 yards and a touchdown with two interceptions. The ground game was balanced, led by Hatalla’s 45 yards on 13 attempts. Asa Donaldson caught five passes for 49 yards. Drew and Cotterman each had eight tackles for North Mac
Southwestern 52, Greenville 44
At Piasa, the Birds won the area’s highest-scoring game of the night, beating the Comets. Each team is 1-1 on the season.
Southwestern took leads of 20-0 and 32-6 in the first half. Greenville had a strong offensive showing in the second half, but came up short in a comeback attempt.
Caleb Robinson completed 11 of 27 passes for 267 yards and five touchdowns. Scott Kasting caught three for 131 yards and three touchdowns, including an 80-yarder.
The ground game for the Piasa Birds was led by Ryan Paslay with 204 yards on 17 attempts. Tanner Whipps had 14 tackles, with Jesse Arnold’s 19 tackles leading the way. Braden Whipps added 12 tackles. Lane Sparks had two tackles for loss.
Gillespie 27, Litchfield 14
At Litchfield, the Miners improved to 2-0 by ducking the Purple Panthers on the road.
It was a 14-14 halftime tie. Litchfield led 14-7 but the Miners got a 20-yard pass from Brice McKinney to Alex Myers to tie the game at the half. In the fourth quarter, still tied at 14, Gillespie scored on a Terrance Irvin three-yard run and a four-yard touchdown run by Tate Wargo.
Hillsboro 49, Staunton 6
At Staunton, the Toppers scored 43 unanswered points to defeat the Bulldogs (0-2).
Staunton tied the game in the first quarter on a 75-yard touchdown pass from Corey Scroggins to Colin Robertson.
The Toppers (2-0) responded with 22 points in the second quarter to build a 28-6 halftime lead, coasting to victory from there.
Sullivan 42, Mt. Olive 0
At Mt. Olive, the Wildcats home opener was called off in the third quarter due to a power outage, with the Redskins already in control of the game. Sullivan scored 21 points in each of the first two quarters. Mt. Olive was led by Jonathon Darrah with 50 yards on 12 carries, including a 22-yard run.
Bunker Hill 30, Meridian 13
At Macon, the Hawks lost a home non-conference game to the Minutemen, 30-13. Bunker HIll improved to 2-0 on the season.