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PLAYOFF FOOTBALL

FINDING A CREASE – Eureka’s Hunter Gladson (No. 34) gets some blocking from Alex Brittain (No. 16), Joel Baer (No. 65), Andrew King (No. 51) and Conner McDonald (No. 52). Gladson jetted 83 yards for a touchdown on Saturday, but Monmouth-Roseville defeated the Hornets 33-28 at McCollum Field (For the Journal/Kalli McDonald).

EUREKA - An eight-game win streak ended for Eureka on Saturday with a 33-28 defeat to Monmouth-Roseville in the second round of the three A playoffs at McCollum Field.

Trailing by five, the Hornets (9-2) began at their own 10 with two minutes and 46 seconds remaining and moved the ball into M-R (9-2) territory to the 31. Hunter Gladson caught a Matt Martin pass and crossed the 20 before he was hit and fumbled the football, which was recovered the Titans' linebacker Austin Johnson. M-R ran out the last 58.6 seconds.

Eureka trailed 21-7 in the second quarter before a Martin bulled his way into the end zone from a yard out and a 64-yard touchdown pass to Aden Sears, to go with a pair of Cade Gold point afters, knotted it at 21 with 2:54 left in the third.

"That's this group. They fight back," said Hornets' coach Jason Bachman. "They made plays when they needed to make plays."

Martin completed 13 of 24 passes for 249 yards, two TDs and an interception. M-R signalcaller Addison Fletcher was 13 of 27 for 251 yards, two TDs and two picks. Jammony Skinner, who caught the go-ahead score versus Wilmington, had eight receptions for 188 yards and a score.

Eureka rolled up 413 yards of total offense to 393 for the Titans. The hosts also managed three more first downs than M-R (18 to 15). Gladson got the Hornets on the board with an 83-yard TD run late in the opening period followed by the Gold conversion kick.

The Titans travel to Herscher to face the Tigers in the quarterfinals next weekend.

Notes: Light drizzle began to fall in the second quarter and remained constant throughout the rest of the game. Reuben Roberts nabbed four catches for 85 yards, while Sears added three for 76. Each team was whistled for eight penalties for a total of 135 yards (70 for the Titans, 65 for Eureka).

See article on Nov. 8 Woodford County Journal newsstands

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