Prairie Central-Central Catholic football

Led by Collier Palmore, Prairie Central was able to run past Bloomington Central Catholic 40-7 for a dominate Illini Prairie Conference win at Lewis Field.
    Prairie Central started the game with a 19-yard touchdown run by senior Wyatt Steidinger with 4:57 left in the first quarter.
    Steidinger scored on a 61-yard touchdown run after a turnover by the Saints’ offense. This touchdown was made possible by the commanding offensive line of the Hawks, who controlled the line of scrimmage all night.
    On the next drive junior Corban Moser got an intercepted on the first play giving the Hawks the ball back with 3:05 left in the first. Moser ended the night with 11 tackles with one tackle for a loss.
    This interception led to another Hawks’ touchdown. Sophomore Kaden King did the honors on a 6-yard run.
    Central Catholic’s struggles to hold the ball would continue as senior Steven Zhao recovered a fumble for Prairie Central with five seconds left in the first quarter. Three missed two-point conversions left the Hawks with an 18-0 lead at the end of the first quarter.
    Prairie Central controlled the football for the majority of the second quarter as Central Catholic struggled to move the ball. The PC defense had two interceptions and a fumble recovery in the first half.
    The leading tackler for the Hawks was Matt Kerns with 12 tackles and two tackles for a loss.
    Palmore scored with 1:03 left in the half after an 85-yard drive. Palmore capped the touchdown off with a two-point conversion for a 26-0 lead at halftime.
    Opening up the third quarter would again see Palmore leading the Hawks on a 59-yard drivem which ended with a 14-yard touchdown run. Palmore was the leading rusher for the game with 22 carries and 136 yards, accompanied by the two touchdowns for PC.
    Moser completed the two-point conversion making the score 34-0 with 5:43 left in the third quarter.
    The Hawks wasted no time getting the ball back on a quick four-and-out drive by BCC. Prairie Central’s defense held the Saints to only three first downs through three quarters.
    PC used the good field position to complete a 40-yard drive that ended in a 4-yard touchdown run by King. The score gave Prairie Central a 4-0 lead and got the running clock going.
    The Saints’ finally got on the board with the first drive on the fourth quarter when Connor Boerm found Mick Bauer with a 43-yard touchdown pass play. The extra point attempt was good making the score 40-7 with 10:20 left in the fourth quarter.
    BCC then recovered an onside kick in one last effort to score before the end of the game, but was stopped by the tough PC defense.
    PC’s offense ran for a total of 394 yards on 55 carries and six touchdowns. Coach Kirk Brandenburg was very happy with the result of the game and how his players played.
    “(The lineman) really controlled the game out there today,” Brandenburg said. “I am very pleased with there effort.”
    Brandenburg was also very pleased with the defense saying, “The effort on defense tonight was outstanding. It feels good to open up with a win at home.”