CHAMPAIGN — Jake Hileman rushed for 158 yards and three touchdowns Friday night to lead Normal Community High School's football team to a 35-7 Big 12 Conference victory over Champaign Centennial.
Hileman carried 29 times and had TD runs of 7, 5 and 6 yards. The Ironmen, ranked No. 8 in Class 7A, clinched a share of the Big 12 title while improving to 7-1 overall and 7-0 in the league.
Quarterback Daylen Boddie added 116 yards rushing on 14 carries for NCHS, including a 4-yard touchdown run.
Boddie was 9 of 19 passing for 120 yards but was intercepted four times.
Connor Lay scored on a 26-yard run for the Ironmen and also led in receiving with five catches for 81 yards.
Cameron Jackson had two sacks for NCHS, while Levi Smaling and Jordan Lawrence added one each.
Dayton Coleman threw a third-quarter touchdown pass for Centennial (2-6, 2-5).
"It wasn't our best night offensively, but that's why football is a three-phase game," NCHS coach Jason Drengwitz said. "The defense picked us up all night long and we were really good on special teams as well.
"The D and special teams carried the load for us until we could get our rhythm late in the third quarter."
The Ironmen began having success in the second half running between the tackles.
"Our guys up front did a really good job and Jake (Hileman) is a physical, downhill runner," Drengwitz said.