CHILLICOTHE — Central Catholic High School's football team cut a 33-14 halftime deficit to 33-27 in the third quarter, but the Saints could not get closer in a 48-34 loss to unbeaten Illinois Valley Central on Friday night.
Sophomore running back Jake Slaughter ran for 271 yards and three touchdowns for Central in the Illini Prairie Conference contest.
IVC (8-0, 8-0) pulled out to a 48-27 advantage before a Saints touchdown brought about the final score.
Central got within 33-27 when quarterback Jonathan Naour hit Jack Moews with an 11-yard touchdown pass following an IVC turnover. Naour finished with 239 yards passing with a touchdown and two interceptions.
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The Saints were seeking a victory to keep their playoff hopes alive, but fell to 3-5 overall and in the conference.
"We had a really good third quarter, but it kind of went downhill after that," Saints' coach Kevin Braucht said. "Our kids battled and I felt we played real well. We had a rough first quarter. We turned the ball over three times and that kind of put us behind the eight ball in the first half."
Braucht called IVC "a really good football team," adding, "They're well coached. I was proud of our kids. I think we made them do some things they weren't real comfortable doing."
Liam Brady had six catches for 160 yards and a touchdown for Central.