WEEK 3 FOOTBALL PREVIEW: Effingham looking to get back on track against Charleston; Cumberland aims for first win, Newton for second | local sports

Below is this week’s Effingham Daily News high school football preview – an article detailing the clashes for Effingham, Newton and Cumberland.


Last year: Effingham defeated Charleston 42-0 in Charleston

Last week: Effingham lost to (Class 5A, No. 4) Mahomet-Seymour, 35-14.

Effingham’s remarks: Effingham finally found the end zone twice last week against state-ranked Mahomet-Seymour, but in another losing effort. However, fans shouldn’t worry too much about this Flaming Hearts team, as Effingham could very well have lost to Class 2A State Champion Decatur St. Teresa and Class 5A State Champion Mahomet-Seymour in consecutive weeks. One area of ​​concern, however, continues to be attack. This side of football hasn’t been looking great for two weeks, and without main running back John Westendorf – who didn’t feature against Mahomet-Seymour in Week 2 due to an undisclosed injury – it could be a problem down the road. But it could also open the door for others to come in and make a name for themselves. One of those names is second-year running back Weldon Dunston. Last week, Dunston racked up 27 yards on 16 carries, scoring the first touchdown of the campaign. Look for it to see the same, if not more, workload this week as the match may demand it. Last year against the Trojans, Effingham had 318 yards on 47 carries and three scores. Would it be deja vu in 2022?

Opponent Notes: Charleston comes in 0-2, losing Week 1 to Herscher (41-30) and Week 2 to Lincoln (20-0). Over the past two weeks, the Trojans have totaled 449 yards to the 718 total yards they are giving up. Charleston had 55 passing yards and 98 rushing yards against the Railsplitters and gave up 70 passing yards and 201 rushing yards. Junior quarterback Brett Spour leads the team behind center. Spour threw two touchdowns and two interceptions on 16 passes for 33 and 172 yards in two weeks. He also has a rushing touchdown and 85 yards on 18 carries. His weapons are senior running back Jeremiah Hayes (23 carries for 149 yards and three catches for 17 yards); junior wide receiver Langdon Kind (five carries for 31 yards and four catches for 38 yards); junior running back Cody Bell (five carries for 15 yards and three catches for 16 yards); junior running back Malik Perry (three carries for nine yards); junior wide receiver Jacob Roe (two catches for 28 yards); junior running back Aidan Burnett (one run for minus four yards); second-year running back Ben Coffey (one rush for minus eight yards); junior wide receiver Luke Nelson (two catches for 29 yards); junior wide receiver Chet Shrader (two catches for 25 yards and a touchdown) and junior wide receiver Scott King (one catch for five yards).


Last year: Newton lost to Lawrenceville, 34-19

Last week: Newton beat Casey-Westfield, 11-8

Notes on Newton: Newton will be looking for two straight wins after his thrilling 11-8 victory over Casey-Westfield in Week 2. Parker Wolf was the star player of the night against the Warriors, catching seven passes for 126 yards and a touchdown. . So far this season, Wolf has eight catches for 130 yards, as well as three carries for 32 extra yards and a score. The pass to him will mostly be Max Meinhart, who threw for 124 yards on 7 of 15 passes last week. Meinhart completed 11 of 28 passes for 182 yards and two scores against an interception in two weeks. Besides Wolf, Meinhart also has a trio of running backs behind him. First up is Wade Wickham, who didn’t play in Week 2 but rushed for 112 yards on 14 carries with a touchdown in Week 1. Second up is Dawson Deitz, who has 22 carries for 71 yards and four receptions for 11 yards, and third is Meyer Tarr, who has a touchdown and 58 rushing yards on 11 carries and a catch for three yards.

Opponent Notes: Lawrenceville did not send any statistics by press time.


Last year: Cumberland defeated Niantic Sangamon Valley, 44-8

Last week: Cumberland lost to Tuscola, 40-22

Cumberland Notes: Cumberland lost Week 1 to Shelbyville (38-14) and Week 2 to Tuscola (40-22), both games away from Pirate Field. The Pirates now head home for a Week 3 game, hoping to crack the win column. Bryant Weber has completed 32 of 60 passes for 334 yards and three touchdowns for four interceptions over the past two weeks. He also rushed the ball five times for minus nine yards and a score. His top targets on the outside are senior wide receiver Maddox McElravy, who has 11 catches for 132 yards, and senior tight end Trevin Magee, who has 10 catches for 112 yards. Junior Blake McMechan can also be a threat out of the backfield, as shown by his nine catches for 89 yards and a score this year. McMechan, however, will serve as more of a runner. This year, he has nine carries for 55 yards. Ross McBride leads the team in this category with 22 carries for 67 yards and two touchdowns.

Opponent Notes: Niantic Sangamon Valley arrives in Toledo with an 0-2 record but a pair of tight losses. The Storm fell to Tremont in Week 1 (14-8) and Warrensburg-Latham in Week 2 (19-16). Sangamon Valley has a solid running game, led by Walters and Hardy. Walters has 167 rushing yards in two games to mate with 39 passing yards, while Hardy has 156 rushing yards to mate with 20 passing yards. Other players to watch will be Dougherty (32 rushing yards, three receiving yards), Weatzel (59 rushing yards, three passing yards), Cramer (24 rushing yards, 59 receiving yards) and Hill (eight yards on the ground).

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