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GALLOPING AWAY – Aden Sears of Eureka runs past Tri-Valley’s Nathan Backer during Friday’s regular season finale at McCollum Field. The Hornets emerged as the victors by a 34-3 final (For the Journal/Robyn Wiegand).

EUREKA - Eureka rolled up 434 yards of total offense in a 34-3 victory over Heart of Illinois Conference large division guest Tri-Valley Friday evening at McCollum Field. The win gave the Hornets (7-2, 3-2) a perfect 5-0 regular season mark as a host. The last time they prevailed in all their home dates was back in 1986.

"I did not know that," commented Eureka coach Jason Bachman went informed of the fact. "Obviously, to win at home on our field is nice. Just proud of the kids to be able to get to share this and get all of their photos taken. I'm especially happy for our seniors to go out a winner."

However, it was a pair of juniors who stole the show. Quarterback Matt Martin completed 13 of 17 passes for 184 yards, while he added 112 yards on the ground. He ran for two touchdowns and threw for one. Wideout Aden Sears nabbed four catches for 122 yards and a score. With his legs, the speedster recorded TD runs of 37 and 18 yards, respectively.

T-V (4-5, 2-3) managed a 38-yard field goal from Bryce Bedillion in the second quarter, as the Vikings will miss the playoffs for the first time since '07.

Notes: The victory all but wrapped up a home contest in the opening round of the three A playoffs for Eureka. Two of the Hornets' scoring drives lasted 15 and 17 seconds, respectively. T-V had the ball for 30 minutes and 22 seconds out of a possible 48. Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley (seven) now owns the conference's longest string of consecutive postseason appearances.

See article on Oct. 31 Woodford County Journal newsstands

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