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September 26, 2013

Prep football preview Effingham looks to keep Apollo lead on Homecoming

Salem (1-3, 1-0 Apollo) at Effingham (1-3, 1-0 Apollo) 7 p.m. Friday

After picking up its first win of the season in Charleston, Effingham returns home this week for its Homecoming game at 7 p.m. against Salem.

The adage that conference play is when the season truly starts is on display here, as both team recovered from tough non-conference schedules to win their Apollo Conference openers last Friday.

The Flaming Hearts are coming off of a 26-13 win in which quarterback Dylan Wolff threw for two touchdowns and 173 yards in only his second start this season.

Wolff led the team to 20 second-half points that put Charleston away, as the Hearts start with a 1-0 record in the Apollo Conference.

Salem (1-3, 1-0 Apollo) picked up its first win of the season last week, too, beating Paris 32-15 at home. Previously, Salem lost to Centralia, Clifton (Centralia), and Carterville – all of which are undefeated, 4-0, this season.

In last week's game, Salem running back Paul Moskal ran for 277 yards on 34 carries. He scored three of the team's touchdowns.

Effingham's rushing leader in the win over Charleston was Zach Miller, who ran for 101 yards on eight carries and two touchdowns.

Marshall (1-3, 0-2) at Newton (1-3, 1-1) 7 p.m. Friday

Newton fell to 1-1 in the Little Illini Conference's Egyptian Division with a 48-26 loss to Lawrenceville Saurday during which Newton gave up more than 100 yards rushing to three different players.

Despite a 271-yard passing game by Brock Mammoser, Newton gave up 470 rushing yards and 48 points in the loss – each were season highs.

Marshall comes into Friday's game in last place in the conference, having lost to Olney and Robinson this season. Last week, Marshall lost 22-0 to Robinson, who leads the conference with a 4-0 overall record and 2-0 in the conference.

Marshall's only win this season came against Cumberland in the second week of the season, while Newton picked up a one-point win over Flora in week three. The Lions offense has struggled to put points on the board, averaging just 5.5 per game with two shutouts against them. On the flip side, the Lions are allowing 27 points per contest

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