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POSTSEASON DEBUT

LUNGING FORWARD – Eureka’s Matt Martin seeks more yards during Saturday’s playoff game with Chicago Dunbar. He gained 181 yards rushing in the Hornets’ 58-8 triumph at McCollum Field (For the Journal/Robyn Wiegand).

EUREKA -  The hosts' ground attack was in high gear Saturday afternoon in a 58-8 opening round playoff win over Chicago Dunbar at McCollum Field. Eureka (8-2) churned out 349 yards and six touchdowns.

The game was never in doubt on the field, but was off it due to the teacher's strike in the Windy City that lasted over two weeks. The Mightymen (6-3) were able to get the required three practices in for the game to occur.

"We found a little. We watched their first seven games," stated Hornets' coach Jason Bachman. "We had an idea of what they were going to do."

The junior duo of Matt Martin and Hunter Gladson both exceeded the century barrier. Martin went for 181 yards on 16 carries, while Gladson recorded 15 rushes for 126 yards. On the day, the Hornets averaged 9.2 yards per attempt.

Eureka halted a six-game winning streak by CD, champions of the Great Lakes Division of the Chicago Public League.

The Hornets travel to Wilmington (9-1) next weekend in the second round of the playoffs. The Wildcats doubled up Illinois Central Eight Conference foe Lisle 24-12 Friday evening.

Notes: Cade Gold went two for two on field goal attempts, as made one from 35 yards out and the other from 36, respectively. Joel Baer tackled Mightymen running back Kayron Owens in the end zone for a safety nearly nine minutes into the first period. Dunbar is named after African-American poet and playwright Paul Laurence Dunbar. The school, located on the city’s south side, opened in 1942. Among its alumni are singer/actress Jennifer Hudson and actor Lawrence Tureaud, better known as Mr. T.

See article on Nov. 7 Woodford County Journal newsstands

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