CHAMPAIGN — Justin Brooks rushed for 198 yards and Dean Jordan grabbed two interceptions to spark the Bloomington High School football team to a 24-7 Big 12 Conference victory over Champaign Central on Friday.
BHS (3-2 overall and in the league) had a shutout going until the final minute.
“We were able to move the ball pretty successfully,” said BHS coach Rigo Schmelzer, who was also pleased with his defense except for a six-minute drive Champaign had on its first possession.
“After that, we did a pretty good job. We were able to stop most of Central’s attempts.”
After holding a 6-0 halftime lead, the Purple Raiders took control in the second half with an 82-yard, 3-minute drive powered by a pair of 25-yard runs by Brooks during the opening possession of the second half. Senior quarterback Tyler Dicken capped the drive with a 1-yard sneak.
On Central’s ensuing possession, Jordan had the first of his interceptions and then punctuated the Raiders’ next drive by catching a 20-yard TD pass from Dicken to give Bloomington a 18-0 lead.
After Central reached the 15-yard line on the next drive, Jordan sealed the Raiders’ win with his second interception.
Michael Reilly also had an interception for BHS.