Bloomington quarterback Jayden Thompson runs the ball for yardage against the Champaign Central defense Friday, Sept. 23, 2011, in Bloomington. (Pantagraph/CARLOS T. MIRANDA)

BLOOMINGTON -- Champaign Central's Jaylan Guy had Bloomington High School quarterback Jayden Thompson by the jersey well behind the line of scrimmage.

Instead of going down, Thompson lifted the Purple Raiders up by shedding the tackle and finding Devaugn Dix with a 22-yard touchdown pass on fourth-and-9 late in the second quarter.

The spectacular score launched BHS to 31 straight points and a 37-14 Big 12 Conference victory over Champaign Central Friday at Fred Carlton Field.

"There is no doubt about his toughness. The play breaks down, he fights to get away and it ends up being a score," Raiders' coach Rigo Schmelzer said of Thompson. "A play like that shows he and the other kids are fighting to make certain they get over the top."

Desperate to avoid its first 1-4 start since 1985, BHS improved to 2-3 overall and in the Big 12.

"This is the turning point of our season, I think," said Thompson, who passed for 159 yards and rushed for 55.

After the Thompson to Dix touchdown, a fumble from Champaign quarterback Mitchell Baker was recovered by Raider Cam Herald at the Maroons' 21-yard line with 46 seconds left in the half.

A 14-yard pass to Dix set up a 1-yard Chance Mendiola scoring plunge for a 22-14 BHS lead entering halftime.

"We were doing so well and all of a sudden they score two quick ones," Champaign coach Ira Jefferson said. "It was a lull we never could recover from."

BHS scored on its first two drives of the second half.

Emerson Evans rambled for 33 of his 101 yards on the third quarter's initial snap. Seven plays later, Evans took a pitch left 2 yards into the end zone. Evans also ran for the two-point conversion and a 30-14 cushion.

Thompson found Dix with a 60-yard toss that led to a 1-yard scoring plunge by Ian Kolic at the 2:31 mark of the third quarter.

Champaign (2-3, 2-3) steamrolled to touchdowns on its first two possessions behind the running of Brad Wright and scoring passes of 15 and 17 yards from Baker to Clark Browning.

The Raiders converted a fourth-and-2 from the 3-yard line on a Mendiola rush before Thompson kept on the option for a 1-yard first-quarter touchdown.

"We feel as though we have enough talent to be successful and it showed itself tonight," said Schmelzer. "The quarterback played within the system and completed 10 of 12, the tailback (Evans) had 100 and we were pleased with the offensive line getting a surge and controlling the line of scrimmage."

The Raiders totaled 341 yards of offense to 226 for the Maroons. Wright ran for 85 yards on 12 carries, while Baker passed for 164 while completing 12 of 21.





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