Football involving Illini Prairie and Heart of Illinois conference teams.

There were concerns about Tolono Unity’s team this season after the Rockets lost 20 of 22 starters to graduation. Those concerns were met by a 34-13 loss to an improved Illinois Valley Central club in Illini Prairie Conference play Friday night.
    The Grey Ghosts got going early with two first-quarter touchdowns. The first was a 71-yard pass from Alex Merlo to Kamden Wollard. Alex Fulton added a 2-yard touchdown run and Merlo converted the point-after try for a 14-0 lead.
    Fulton raced 84 yards for a punt return touchdown and Merlo hit Wollard for a 30-yard score as the IVC lead grew to 28-0 by halftime.
    Merlo added a 4-yard TD in the third frame for a 34-0 Grey Ghost lead.
    Evan Miebach and Carson Fisher scored for Unity in the final frame.
    Merlo threw for 239 yards on 16 of 25 passing. Ethan Kempf rushed for 71 yards for IVC (1-0). Wollard had 130 yards on five catches.
    Miebach threw for 129 yards and rushed for 77 to lead the Rockets (0-1).
St. Teresa 27, Tri-Valley 14
    DECATUR — Tri-Valley had the lead for 41 seconds, but St. Teresa had a quick answer to a second-quarter score and regained the edge en route to a 27-14 nonconference win Friday night.
    The Vikings spotted St. Teresa a 6-0 lead before Hunter Gawlik scored with 1:32 left in the first half. Bryce Bedillon added the conversion kick to make it 7-6.
    But the Bulldogs bit back with the go-ahead touchdown with 51 seconds left in the half. St. teresa also scored 85 seconds into the second half to take a 20-7 lead.
    Tri-Valley put together a drive at the end of the third period and crossed the goal line six seconds into the fourth as Evan Reynolds ran in from four yards. Bedillon’s kick made it a 20-14 game with most of the final frame to play.
    St. Teresa secured the win with 5:51 remaining. The Bulldogs outgained the Vikings 354-250.
    Gawlik rushed for 138 yards for Tri-Valley (0-1).
    IN OTHER games involving Heart of Illinois and Illini Prairie teams, Dee-Mack christened its new turf with a 14-13 win over rival Tremont, Eureka edged LeRoy 19-14, Fisher hopped past Hoopeston 52-14 and defending state 2A champion Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley shut out arch-rival Paxton-Buckley-Loda 28-0.
    In the IPC, Monticello shut out Olympia 51-0 and St. Joseph-Ogden handled St. Thomas More 30-9.