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Effingham Daily News
---- — Effingham (2-3, 2-0 Apollo) at Paris (2-3, 0-2 Apollo), 7 p.m. Friday
Effingham is on a two-game win streak and will look to maintain their share of the Apollo Conference lead this weekend on the road against Paris (2-3, 0-2 Apollo).
Friday’s matchup will be Effingham’s second road game of the season. The Flaming Hearts won their first road game two weeks ago against Charleston, 26-13, and took care of business on Homecoming on Friday against Salem.
The Hearts (2-3, 2-0 Apollo) held on to a 9-0 lead over Salem on Friday, winning 9-6, as Effingham stopped Salem on fourth downs twice in the final eight minutes of the fourth quarter.
Effingham’s Zach Miller rushed for 64 yards on the ground, while quarterback Dylan Wolff’s touchdown pass to Marcus Robinson in the first quarter turned out to be the only Hearts’ score. Michael Carie’s 21-yard field goal proved to be the game winner.
Paris is coming off of a loss at home against Mt. Zion (1-4, 1-1 Apollo) during which Paris’ defense gave up 70 points, which is the most points any Apollo team has allowed in a game this season. Mt. Zion’s defense held the previous high, giving up 66 points to Jerseyville on Sept. 13.
A three-game losing streak faces Paris as it hosts Effingham this weekend. Paris beat Cumberland and Watseka to start the first two weeks of the season, but have lost three straight, including an Apollo matchup against Salem.
During the losing streak, Paris has given up 54 points per game. In week three, Paris lost to Central 62-0, before losing to Salem 32-15.
Effingham is in a tie for first place in the Apollo Conference with Mattoon, which plays Salem (1-4, 1-1 Apollo) this weekend at home. Salem is tied for second place in the conference with Mt. Zion.
Newton (2-3, 2-1 LIC Egyptian) at Robinson (4-1, 2-1 LIC Egyptian), 7 p.m. Friday
Newton stopped Marshall at the goal line to end the game last week and the Eagles moved into a three-way tie for second place in the Little Illini Egyptian Divison.
The Eagles will travel to Robinson on Friday in a battle of second place teams, looking to stand alone in second place by the end of the night.
The third second-place team, Lawrenceville, will play East Richland this weekend. Olney is the first place team in the division, so the top four teams in the conference will play each other this weekend.
Robinson is coming off of its only loss of the season against Olney East Richland, 35-21, which was a game for first place in the conference last week.
Newton’s Allen Taylor is coming off of a big game against Marshall in which he rushed for 127 yards and one touchdown on 18 carries. The Eagles won the game 21-20.
Robinson has scored at least 21 points in each game this season and only given up more than 16 points in one game – the loss to Olney.
Newton’s defense is giving up more points than Robinson’s this season. The Eagles have allowed more than 40 points in three of five games this season. The Eagles’ offense has scored at least 21 points in each of the last three games.
Red Hill (2-3, 2-1 LIC Eastern) at Cumberland (1-4, 1-2 LIC Eastern)
Cumberland will be looking to erase the memory of a 60-6 loss against Casey-Westfield last week as the Pirates host Red Hill on Friday.
The loss to Casey-Westfield is something teams in the Little Illini Eastern Division are used to this season, though, as Casey-Westfield is undefeated in the conference. In each conference game, Casey-Westfield has scored more points than their opponents’ previous high given up in a game.
The Pirates need to win out to have a shot at the playoffs for the third straight year, and four straight wins would not necessarily guarantee them a spot in the playoffs.
Red Hill is coming off of a 28-0 shutout win against Palestine last week, which moved them into second place in the conference with a 2-1 record.
Cumberland is 1-2 in the conference and will look to draw even with Red Hill with a win. The Pirates only win this season came against Palestine, 6-0. The Pirates have only scored six points in four of their five games this season.
Last week, Cumberland kept to its running game against Casey-Westfield. Three Cumberland running backs ran for at least 30 yards in the game, as the team totaled 142 yards on the ground.