ROCKTON - The Hononegah Indians definitely sent a message to Homecoming opponent Rockford Boylan by hammering Rockford East 43-0 at Kelsey Field Friday night.
The Indians' ground attack was lethal with the two-headed monster of Dallas Washington and Isaiah Richardson in the backfield. Washington had 102 rushing yards on the night on 28 carries. His backup, Richardson, needed only seven carries to total 54 yards on the night and match Washington with a pair of touchdowns.
"This was good; it gives us confidence putting 43 points up on the board and shutting a team out," Washington said. "And hopefully we can keep this offense going against a really good Boylan team."
The Indians (3-0) added a solid passing attack. Quarterback Ryan Van Schelven had 106 passing yards and threw for a TD. He also had 21 rushing yards.
"We had a lot of motivation going into this game," Van Schelven said. "We made a lot of mistakes last week (at Freeport). We wanted to come out here in front of our home crowd and let them know we are not laying down for anyone. I think we executed really well, and we just have to keep things rolling."
The scoring started with 5:32 left in the first quarter after Washington did most of the work to get the Indians into scoring position, Richardson finished off the drive with a 1-yard TD run to make it 7-0.
Less than a minute later, Drew Rolette picked off a pass from Kedric Hardy and returned it six yards for a quick pick six as the Indians went up 14-0 with 4:12 left in the first quarter.
Washington reached the end zone early in the second quarter from a yard out to make it 21-0. Later in the second quarter the Indians scored their first TD through the air when Van Schelven connected with Kyler Luepkes on a 3-yard score to make it 27-0.
Just before halftime, kicker Nathan Eccles atoned for a missed extra point by nailing a 27-yard field goal to give the Indians a 30-0 lead at the break.
• CLINTON 53, EAST TROY 21: Zach Krause, Tyler Halsted and Co. rushed 49 times for 427 yards and six touchdowns as the Cougars (4-0) romped past the host Trojans.
Krause carried the ball 18 times for 213 yards and Halsted added 106 on 13.
The Cougars jumped out to a 20-0 lead in the first quarter. Halsted capped a 65-yard march on their first possession with a 29-yard TD run.
Halsted then picked off a pass from his counterpart, Jacob Dessart, at the 50 and returned it to the 36. Five plays later, Halsted scored from the 5-yard line and Chandler Yurs booted his second PAT.
Dessart also threw an interception on his next pass only this time Connor Mullooly returned it 30 yards for a TD as Clinton went up 20-0.
The Cougars made it 26-0 as Halsted scored from 4 yards out to cap off a 76-yard drive. Before the first half was over, Clinton added two TDs. Halsted hit Jackson Nelson with a 14-yard TD pass and Colin Warpula added a 13-yard run.
The Cougars' only score of the second half came on a 34-yard TD run by Krause.
Clinton ended up outgaining the Trojans 467-261.
• JEFFERSON 45, BIG FOOT 22: The Chiefs allowed at least 40 points for the third consecutive game in falling to Jefferson Friday night.
The Chiefs took a brief 14-13 lead on a 3-yard TD run by Jackson Enz, but the Eagles quickly regained control and held a 29-14 edge at halftime.
Jefferson's Evan Anfang rushed for 206 yards and three touchdowns on 24 carries, while Nolan Klawitter added 89 yards as the Eagles rolled to 365 yards on the ground.
Enz passed for 131 yards and rushed for 58 more while leading the team in tackles with 22, including nine solo tackles.
• NORTH BOONE 42, OREGON 0: The Vikings took full advantage of three Oregon turnovers to post a 26-0 lead before cruising to the win.
North Boone (2-1)l hosts Byron Friday night.