Spartans fall to Saints


If you like a high-scoring football game with a lot of points on the scoreboard, then St. Joseph-Ogden High School was the place to be on Friday evening.


A pair of 2-0 teams went head-to-head for the first time as Illini Prairie Conference members, and despite a school record 450 yards passing by junior quarterback Keanen Swanson, the SJO Spartans fell to the Bloomington Central Catholic Saints 59-39.


Swanson, who put on an aerial show of great proportions, struck early and often in the first half, throwing touchdown strikes of 62, 58, 62 and 40 yards to a bevy of receivers to give the Spartans a 33-30 lead at halftime.


At the start of the second half, Swanson picked up right where he left off to end the first half, as he hit Aiden Meyer streaking down the sideline for a 97-yard strike to put SJO up 39-30.


However, that score proved to be the final one for the Spartans, as the Saints scored 29 unanswered points to pull away at the end.  


SJO’s Dwight Colvin, who had been the workhorse for the first two games of the season, was hampered with an injury, and gained just 10 yards on 9 carries.  


Meyer had 194 yards receiving on just four catches, but two of those went for 58 and 97 yards.  Jason Bowman had 3 catches for 77 yards, while Joel Orcutt had 2 catches for 102 yards.  


Bloomington Central Catholic (3-0) was led on offense by their running back Sa’mond Davis, who finished with 143 yards on 19 carries.  The Saints also picked off a Swanson pass and ran it back for a touchdown, the score that proved to be the final blow to SJO on the evening.


SJO (2-1) will travel to Tolono next Friday night to face the Unity Rockets, who come into the game with the Spartans at 3-0.  


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