Effingham Daily News, Effingham, IL

Sports

October 10, 2013

Hearts, Wave square off for Apollo lead

Zach Miller remembers two things about Oct. 5, 2012: what it felt like to play football on a bitterly cold Friday night and what it felt like to lose to Mattoon.

He doesn't want to have to deal with either of those emotions again this year; instead, he said he wants nothing more than to beat the Green Wave to take sole possession of first place in the Apollo Conference on Friday.

“It motivates me a lot,” Miller said. “Last year, we played a tough game and it was so cold outside – not good weather. I think it's probably been a while since we beat them.”

Mattoon and Effingham enter Friday's game with undefeated, 3-0, Apollo Conference records, but the Green Wave have the best overall record, 4-2, and a quarterback who has picked apart defenses all season.

Jared Pilson has thrown for 1,606 yards this season, 19 touchdowns and five interceptions, including a six-touchdown performance against Salem last week.

While completing almost 61 percent of his passes this season, Pilson also leads Mattoon in rushing. He has four rushing touchdowns this season.

“We have to contain Pilson,” Effingham head coach Mike McDonald said. “We can't let him run all over the place and we can't let him throw over the top.”

In Mattoon's 56-35 win over Salem, Pilson threw four first-quarter touchdowns and all of them were for more than 35 yards, including a 73-yard pass to Jacob Harris.

McDonald said the Flaming Hearts will have to stop Pilson from completing quick strikes down the field, which is something he said Mattoon likes to do after turnovers especially.

Effingham's defense will have the responsibility of controlling Pilson, specifically the secondary that includes Marcus Robinson.

“I know he's a good quarterback and he like to throw deep,” Robinson said. “Our secondary has to get back in our drops and watch (Pilson). That's all we've been doing in practice.”

Text Only
Sports
  • Niebs.jpg Walsh, Bulldogs fend off Newton 17-8

    Makayla Walsh played the role of starter and stopper.
    She relieved St. Anthony pitcher Jenna Woltman, who was struggling to locate her pitches, and stopped the bleeding during a four-run fourth inning.

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • Foreman.JPG Flaming Hearts handle Olney

    Effingham cruised to its second dual win of the year, taking all nine matches from Olney Tuesday afternoon.

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • Hearts 5th, St. A 8th at Troy

    Effingham went 3-1 at the Troy Triad Invitational Saturday to earn fifth place overall, while crosstown counterpart St. Anthony went 1-3 and finished eighth.

    April 14, 2014

  • DSC_0281.JPG Lady Shoes stay unbeaten

    The Lady Shoes kept rolling at the Pinckneyville Showcase, winning both games and moving to a perfect 12-0.
    Teutopolis fell behind 3-0 to Pinckneyville after one and it took them until the fourth to get on the board, but once they did, they put up 12 runs in three innings for the 12-6 win.

    April 14, 2014 1 Photo

  • Herrmann.jpg Bulldogs blow out BCCH 21-2

    St. Anthony base runners were active on Wednesday, taking 20 extra bags by steals or passed balls during the Bulldogs' 21-2 rout.
    Morgan Gardewine finished among the most greedy, scoring twice on passed balls in a 10-run third inning, while collecting one steal and advancing two other times.

    April 10, 2014 2 Photos

  • Deters.jpg A Deters dynasty

    Seven years after her sister committed to Lake Lake College, Jillian Deters did the same.
    The National Trail Conference most valuable player will play her college basketball for the Lakers, a program she knows almost inside and out after watching her sister, Mallory, play for them.

    April 10, 2014 1 Photo

  • ZGardewine.jpg Gardewine sharp in St. Anthony win

    St. Anthony kept the pressure on from the get-go both on the mound and the basepaths and beat the reigning NTC champion South Central Cougars 8-2.

    April 10, 2014 2 Photos

  • Bky0obWIIAABb49.jpg Stew-Stras' Vonderheide headed to College of the Ozarks

    It's not fair to say Windsor/Stew-Stras' Christian Vonderheide has been planning on attending College of the Ozarks since he was 13 years old.
    But the seed was planted when the senior righty first attended the Sho-Me Baseball Camp as a 13-year-old, establishing a relationship with the college and the coaching staff over the years.
    He made it official last month, inking his letter of commitment to play for the NAIA school in Point Lookout, Mo.

    April 10, 2014 1 Photo

  • Borries.jpg Lady Shoes rout Raiders 10-0

    Teutopolis overcame a slow start, got hitting up and down the lineup and took out Central A&M 10-0 Tuesday in five innings.

    April 9, 2014 1 Photo

  • CGP_4221.jpg Hearts girls, Shoes boys win at Effingham

    The Effingham girls track team took the top spot at Tuesday's quad meet with Teutopolis, St. Anthony and Newton, topping Newton by 22 points.

    April 9, 2014 2 Photos

AP Video
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.