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University High's Spencer Parker carries the ball downfield against Decatur MacArthur during their Central State Eight Conference game last week at Hancock Stadium in Normal. The Pioneers play at Jacksonville on Friday.

Central vs. Olympia

Time: 7 p.m. Friday

Place: Rural Stanford

Records: Central Catholic 0-3, 0-3 in Illini Prairie Conference; Olympia 0-3, 0-3

FYI: Head coaches Joe Walters of Central and Eric Lyons of Olympia were on the Bloomington staff together, Walters as head coach and Lyons as defensive coordinator ... The schools have initiated the Corn Bowl traveling trophy, which will go annually to the winner ... Olympia seeks to snap a 21-game losing streak. The Spartans fell 36-28 in overtime last week at Rantoul and 38-32 to St. Thomas More the week before ... Olympia is led by senior RB Matthew Cooksey, who had 365 all-purpose yards and four TDs at Rantoul ... Central lost 42-21 at home last week to St. Joseph-Ogden ... Braden Glowacki caught two second-half TD passes for the Saints. 

Neaqua Valley vs. NCHS

Time: 7 p.m. Friday

Place: Normal Community

Records: Neaqua Valley 1-2; Normal Community 3-0

FYI: Neaqua Valley, a Class 8A school from the DuPage Valley Conference, opened with a 27-6 win over Glenbard North before falling to Stevenson (23-15) and Waubonsie Valley (17-10). Stevenson and Waubonsie Valley are both 3-0 ... Normal Community, ranked sixth in the Class 7A state poll, rolled to a 49-6 win over Urbana last week ... Senior QB Daylen Boddie leads the Ironmen with 429 yards rushing and nine touchdowns ... Boddie also has thrown for 282 yards and three scores ... Jake Hileman has added 223 yards on the ground and Connor Lay 160.

U High vs. Jacksonville

Time: 7 p.m. Friday

Place: Jacksonville

Records: University High 0-3, 0-3 in Central State Eight; Jacksonville 1-2, 1-2

FYI: All of U High's losses are to teams currently ranked in the state polls ... Last week the Pioneers fell 34-7 to Decatur MacArthur, which is 3-0 and No. 10 in Class 5A ... U High also has lost to Class 6A No. 9 Springfield Sacred Heart-Griffin and Class 4A top-ranked Rochester ... The Pioneers scored last week on a 25-yard TD pass from Dawson Brooks to Parker Mathieson ... Jacksonville will be playing its homecoming game ... The Crimsons beat Decatur Eisenhower (14-6) before losing to MacArthur (20-14) and Rochester (48-0) ... Chris Pulley leads Jacksonville with 166 yards rushing on 46 carries with three touchdowns.

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— Compiled by Randy Kindred



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