• Dave McKenzie

Can You Play Football Wearing Snorkels and Goggles? - Murphysboro at Carterville Preview

Updated: Sep 7, 2018

As the remnants of hurricane Gordon push into the Southern Illinois area for the weekend, Friday night football around the area will definitely be impacted. Not only will an umbrella come in handy, but maybe even some other items as well.

Here is the latest forecast for Friday night football in in the area.

The Lions will take on the Murphysboro Red Devils at home on the turf, so the only thing that will keep that from happening will be lightning. As of of this writing, the game is scheduled to be played at 7:00 pm Friday night.

Murphysboro comes into the game with a 1-1 record and on the heals of a come from behind win over the Anna-Jonesboro Wildcats 27-23 one week ago.

The Red Devils got big plays from both their offense and defense to secure the win last week. A defensive stop of an AJ fourteen play drive, forcing a three and out the next drive, a punt return taken deep into AJ territory helped set up the game winning touchdown with 2:40 remaining in the game.

Carterville on the other hand went to battle with the Herrin Tigers in what turned out to be a slugfest by both offensive squads, eventually losing 49-35 in Herrin.

Photo Courtesy: Christpher Kay - The Southern

Lions quarterback Keaton Pestka to things rolling for the Lions at the 5:04 mark of the first with a one yard run to complete a 15 play five minutes drive. The Tigers were quick to respond as Jackson Yates popped off a 63 yard run to pay dirt to even things up at 7-7.

Photo Courtesy: Christopher Kay - The Southern

But Carterville answered right back and went up 14-7 after a 65 yard touchdown run from Colin Laczynski.

Both teams traded scores and were tied at 21-21 with 4:42 left in the second quarter, when Herrin Coach Jason Karnes made the game changing call of the night.

Jackson Yates had just scored to tie the game and on the ensuing kickoff, Herrin recovered a perfect on-side kick in Lions territory at the 40 yard line. The Tigers took the lead for good on the very next play after Tate Johnson got in on the scoring with a 40 yard TD run.

You can listen to the Lions scoring highlights against the Tigers here:

After the game, Coach Dennis Drust was very proud of the football team, even after the loss.

So, what should we expect Friday night against the Red Devils?

Obviously, with the rain that is expected, whoever wins the turnover battle should win.

Last week the Lions offensive ground game really got going as the offensive line blew open huge holes for the running game of Pestka, Laczynski and Matt Jones.

The line play was outstanding throughout the game not only on the offensive side of the ball, but also on the defensive side. Jackson Yates did rush for a school record 329 yards, but the majority of those yards came on runs to the outside, not between the tackles like the Lions were able to do.

Murphysboro has the capability of big plays just like Herrin, so the Lions defensive backfield and corners have to come up big in stopping those big plays to the outside, and the d line needs to stack them up on the inside.

I said before week one, that we would have a better feel for what this Lions team would have after the Herrin game, and I must say, the improvement they made between week one and two was impressive. The Lions must have more of the same this week. Get that running game going. The Lions have three running threats in Keaton Pestka, Colin Laczynski and Matt Jones who was very impressive in the second half last week.

I’m glad this game is at home on the turf and not in the mud a Murphysboro, but the weather will affect both teams equally. Whoever limits the turnovers, probably gets the W.

It should be a very good game as both teams try to push their record to 2-1 heading into conference play next week.

You can listen to the game with Scott and I on NewsRadio WJPF or you can watch the game on our YouTube page here:

We hope to see you there and "Roar Lions Roar"!

New Carterville Athletics Website

If you havn’t done so please check out the new athletic website that you can find by visiting http://il.8to18.com/cartervillelions

You will find everything you need to know including updated scores, rosters, news for all of Carterville Lions sports including middle school teams as well.

Luke Ford Plays in Season Opener for Georgia Bulldogs

Congratulations to former Lion and current Georgia Bulldog tight end Luke Ford who not only played in last weeks game agaisnt Austin Peay, but also made his first collegiate catch with a four yard reception.

In addition to his first catch, Luke had some fantastic blocks as well, one of which he pancaked his man and helped open the outside lane for a Bulldogs first down.

If you didn’t get to see the game last week, I have to say it’s pretty cool to see a local guy playing in SEC games on your tv screen.

If you are watching for Luke, he wears #45.

This week the Bulldogs take on a tough South Carolina Gamecocks on the road in SC. Kickoff is set for 2:30 pm on CBS.