Effingham Daily News, Effingham, IL

September 26, 2013

Prep football preview Effingham looks to keep Apollo lead on Homecoming

ALEX MCNAMEE
Daily News

---- — 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

Newton's defense will look to get on track against the Lions, as the Eagles have surrendered 40 points per game this season.

Cumberland looking to build on first win

The Cumberland Pirates beat Palestine/Hutsonville 6-0 last week for its first win of the season, while it was the third time this season the Cumberland offense scored six points in a game.

This week, though, they host Casey-Westfield, who is undefeated and ranked the second best team in Class 2A. Casey-Westfield was 11-1 last season.

Cumberland and Casey-Westfield have played two different styles this season, as Cumberland hasn't scored or allowed more than 19 points in a game this season; however, Casey-Westfield has scored no fewer than 44 points in a game this season.

Last week, Cumberland focused on the ground game, as Holden Elwood ran the ball for a team-high 47 yards on 16 carries, while Dylan Martin chipped in with the team's only touchdown in the game.

The game is set to start at 7 p.m. And will be each team's third Little Illini Conference game this season. Casey-Westfield is currently tied for first place in the conference with Oblong at 2-0.

If the Pirates lose, they would have to win their remaining four games to have a shot at making the playoffs for a third consecutive season.