Robinson's Mason Shew (35) heads upfield after catching a pass from quarterback Bucky Stevens as a pair of Mt. Carmel defenders run into each other during the first quarter of Saturday's Class 3A playoff quarterfinal game. Shew would break away for a 79-yard touchdown to give the Maroons an early 7-0 advantage. Robinson held a 15-8 lead at halftime, but was outscored 28-14 in the second half en route to a 36-29 loss. (Josh Brown photo)
Momentum swings are a part of every game and there were plenty of them Saturday afternoon between Robinson High School's football team and Mt. Carmel in their Class 3A Playoff quarterfinal game.
Big plays and lead changes were constant throughout the game, but unfortunately for the Maroons, a few too many of those went the way of the Golden Aces, sending Robinson to a 36-29 defeat to bring their spectacular season to a close.
"This was a great football game," RHS head coach Tim Nolen said. "Our kids fought and played very hard and so did Mt. Carmel. We proved to ourselves and to them that we can step on the field and play with them and that says a lot about where our football program is."
A chance at redemption was at hand for Lincoln Trail College's men's basketball team Saturday night and they reached out and grabbed it.
The Statesmen avenged their only loss to this point of the young season by beating visiting Parkland College, 78-73, at LTC Sports Center. In a meeting a week earlier in Champaign, Parkland scored a 77-56 victory.
A career-best performance is what Robinson's Noah Tennison was going to need to earn all-state honors at the IHSA Cross Country State Finals Saturday and that's exactly what he gave.
Tennison ran the fastest time of his career and earn all-state honors by finishing 18th in a field of 205 runners with a time of 15:24.43, 16 seconds faster than his previous best time. His time also places him in the top-five among best times in program history.
"You hope for the best and sometimes it works out that way," RHS head coach Tony Cork said. "It was a perfect course to do it on, the competition was great and the results were incredible."
Dominant performances have been the norm for Robinson High School's football team for much of this season and that trend continued Saturday afternoon.
For the second straight week, the Maroons dominated their playoff opponent, which was also a team they had defeated previously in the regular season.
The script went much like the first meeting Robinson had with Marshall, as the Maroons jumped out to an early lead, withstood a surge from the Lions, then pulled away late, resulting in a 27-7 win in the second round of the Class 3A Playoffs at Crosby Field.
"We did almost exactly what we wanted to do in this ball game," RHS head coach Tim Nolen said. "Our offensive line and our backs did their job and our defense shut their offense down."
Points were not quite as easy the second time around, but they still came frequently enough for Lincoln Trail College's women's basketball team to roll to another win Saturday.
After scoring 100 points in season-opening win against Lindenwood-Belleville's JV team Monday, the Lady Statesmen traveled to Belleville to take on Lindenwood again and the results were similar, with LTC coming away with a 73-42 win.