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East Peoria Times-Courier - East Peoria, IL
  • Raiders prevail in Mid-Illini shootout

  • There were plenty of offensive fireworks Friday in Bartonville.

    The East Peoria football team escaped with a critical 49-32 Mid-Illini Conference road victory over Limestone.
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  • There were plenty of offensive fireworks Friday in Bartonville.
    The East Peoria football team escaped with a critical 49-32 Mid-Illini Conference road victory over Limestone.
    The Raiders led by three points entering the fourth quarter, but gained some separation with a pair of late touchdowns.
    East Peoria (4-2, 2-2) won its second straight game and took another positive step toward its playoff objective.
    Michael Thompson had another huge night on the ground for the Raiders with more than 260 yards, giving him 550-plus over the last two weeks.
    He registered six TDs, including a pair of 17-yard runs in the final period.
    Thompson took over the conference rushing lead, passing the injured Austin Harrell of Washington and Pekin's Clage Dodson.
    Limestone (2-4, 1-3) and East Peoria alternated scores, but the Rockets failed on three consecutive conversions.
    Thompson's fourth first-half TD, from 1 yard out, coupled with Brennen Kinsman's fourth extra point in a row, made it 28-18 at intermission.
    Tyler Hilton's 78-yard kickoff return for a TD in the third quarter made it 35-18, but Limestone countered with a pair of jaunts to the end zone.
    Raider Lucas Joseph also had a big night running the ball, just falling short of 100 yards on 10 carries.
    The East Peoria defense contained Rocket quarterback Adam Schmitt to 178 yards on a 50 percent completion rate.
    The Doug Martin-coached Raiders need to win two of their final three contests to secure an automatic Illinois High School Association postseason berth.
    That journey begins Friday at Dunlap, which is in win-out mode.

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