Pekin advances to quarterfinals of football playoffsPanthers defeat Lisbon 27-6
Another Class A District 5 team could not handle the Pekin Panthers.
Pekin (9-2) traveled Monday to Lisbon and vanquished the Lions by the score of 27-6. Lisbon needed a second half comeback to defeat Montezuma in the first round, and if not for that comeback, District 6 would have downed District 5 in all four first round games.
As it stands, Lisbon survived to play Pekin. The Panthers scored quickly with a 1-yard touchdown plunge by fullback Petie Clubb. The score was set up by a 55-yard run by Chase Copeland that put Pekin in prime scoring position.
Lisbon struggled to move the ball the entire football game, including its first two drives, which were both three plays and out.
Chase Copeland would add a touchdown run before the end of the first quarter, resulting in a 12-0 Pekin lead.
“Our offensive line once again did a great job of opening holes for our backs,” Pekin coach Joe Donovan said, “and our backs ran hard.”
With just under 10 minutes to go in the second quarter, Clubb would add his second touchdown of the game, this one from 20 yards out.
Lisbon (8-3) attempted to get back in the contest on its next drive. Quarterback Logan Rickard threw a 1-yard touchdown to fellow senior Cameron Jorgenson. The Lions missed the extra point; resulting in a 19-6 Panthers lead. The Lions then tried an onside kick that was foiled.
Right before the end of the first half, Pekin quarterback Kolby Allsup supplied the finishing touches to the victory. Allsup connected with Cade Millikin on a 26-yard streak down the sideline for a touchdown. Allsup then used a bootleg on the two-point conversion attempt to put the Panthers up 27-6 going into halftime.
The score would not be altered the rest of the game. Both defenses stiffened as Lisbon attempted to get back in the game and Pekin tried to play conservative. The Panthers were still able to move the ball, but a turnover on downs inside the Lions’ red zone and an Allsup fumble soured two scoring opportunities.
Keaton Winn intercepted Rickard for the second time with four minutes to go to seal the win.
“I thought our run defense was great again last night,” Donovan said. “Our pass defense played really well in the second half and made big plays when we needed them.”
Miles away, B-G-M (Brooklyn) was finishing its 35-7 victory over Lynnville-Sully, setting up a rematch between the two District 6 foes.
B-G-M (11-0) defeated Pekin 19-7 Oct. 25, which was by far the closest game score the Bears had the entire season. Donovan didn’t feel that B-G-M was that much better than his team after the loss.
‘They know they were in a football game tonight,” Donovan said. “I don’t feel like we’re that far apart.”
The Panthers will travel to B-G-M on Friday.