The Daily Register - Harrisburg, IL
  • Prep Football: High Five

  • Harrisburg wins fifth straight over Du Quoin, ninth straight at Taylor Field
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  • In what's been a legacy that will never be forgotten, Du Quoin head coach Al Martin made a farewell tour stop Friday night at Taylor Field.
    Looking to go out on a high note, Martin's Indians couldn't deliever down the stretch.
    Trying to capitalize on a pair of interceptions from Harrisburg quarterback Sykes Thompson, Du Quoin's offense sputtered out in a 14-7 final.
    The loss drops Du Quoin to 0-2 overall, while Harrisburg gets off the schnide and now sits at 1-1.
    Martin's problems with a pesky Harrisburg bunch continue as the Indian has now lost five straight to the Bulldogs, while Harrisburg has won nine straight at Taylor Field.
    For Harrisburg head coach Jason Roper, the only solace he takes in those stats is the fact that his kids showed effort as last week's shut out loss at Mt. Carmel.
    "I think it comes down to our kids effort," Roper said. "They stepped it up, especially here at home. We were on a streak there where we didn't beat Du Quoin for 10 years. Five in a row for us is something special.
    "It's a big win for us," Roper said. "I thought for the most part we played well. We played well defensively, we played really well there. We had a some big stops and then offensively one thing we tried to eliminate were penalties and turnovers and I think we did a good job of that."
    Daniel Lewis played his role as one of many Harrisburg hero's as he provided the go-ahead score with 2:57 to play in the fourth quarter, helping Harrisburg overcome a 7-6 deficit.
    Lewis, who finished with seven carries for 32 yards played a limited role in Harrisburg's offense as Lewis also played on defense. For Roper however, inserting Lewis late was a move he's glad he made.
    "We're playing some kids that we're using as fullbacks and halfbacks that we're also playing on defense. He's one of them, but there late in the game, we were able to put him in with some fresh legs and he got some big carries for us."
    Camden Youngman led the Indian offense with 47 yards on 11 carries and came up with Du Quoin's first score of the game when he took a 10 yard pass from A.J. Smith to the house, giving Du Quoin a 7-6 lead with 2:00 to play in the second quarter.
    An offensive drought plagued both clubs in the second half, while neither team was able to mount much offensively.
    The Indians forced Harrisburg to turn the ball over on downs coming out of the locker room and then picked off Thompson on consecutive drives.
    The flip side to that was each time Du Quoin was pinned down deep in their own territory, taking over at the 1-yard line and the 6-yard line.
    Page 2 of 2 - "We had our backs against the wall down there late and offensively we couldn't get any field position," Martin said. "We couldn't get it out and didn't have anything going for us on offense to make any kind of drives.
    "They were great plays, but it was tough getting out of holes like that. We made plays, but I have to give my kids credit for still playing."
    Martin will step away at seasons end from Du Quoin after 26 years of service on the Indian sideline. With seven games left to go on the 2013 schedule, Martin is 247-57. He's won two state championships at Du Quoin and has finished second on four occasions with the Indians.
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