Orion playoff opener

Orion's Sam West gets through Rockford Christian's defense during the Class 2A playoff opener Saturday at Charger Field in Orion. The Chargers host Clifton Central on Saturday.

MEG MCLAUGHLIN, Lee News Network

Class 1A

Fulton 34, Ottawa Marquette 16: Austin Schroeder scored on runs of 2 and 6 yards and caught a 15-yard touchdown pass from Bryce Grant as Fulton advanced through the first round.

Andrew Knudsen sealed the win by returning an interception for a touchdown with 2 minutes, 21 seconds remaining.

The Steamers (7-3) will play at home in the second round next Saturday against Forreston (9-1).

Annawan-Wethersfield 31, Orangeville 14: Freshman quarterback Coltin Quagliano compiled 243 yards in total offense and had a hand in scoring four touchdowns for the victorious Titans.

Quagliano connected on 11 of 12 passes for 166 yards and three touchdowns and added 10 carries for 77 yards and a TD on the ground. Ben Buresh caught four passes for 106 yards and two scores.

A-W (9-1) will play on the road in the second round at Princeville (9-2), which defeated Dakota in overtime Saturday.

Class 2A

Orion 40, Rockford Christian 0: The game plan for the Orion football team was simple. The Chargers had to defeat Rockford Christian in a Class 2A opening round playoff matchup. The weather conditions, windy with a temperature just above freezing, were not going to take Orion down either.

The Chargers put their toughness on full display, defeating the elements and Rockford Christian 40-0 to advance to next week’s contest against Clifton.

Defensively, Orion held the Lions to negative-9 rushing yards. Offensively, the Chargers rolled up more than 350 yards on the ground behind the brothers Sam and Seth West.

West Carroll 40, Minonk Fieldcrest 0: Twins Kaleb and Kody Plattenberger combined to score three touchdowns as West Carroll claimed its first postseason victory since 2007.

The Thunder (7-3), which led 16-0 at halftime, will host unbeaten Gibson City-Sibley-Melvin next Saturday.

Clifton Central 43, Mercer County 22: Killin Krumwiede ran for four touchdowns at Clifton Central (8-2), which rallied from a 22-18 deficit to win.

It plays at Orion next Saturday.

Mercer County (5-5) got two of its touchdowns on passes from Rashaun King to his brother Quentin.

Class 4A

Morris 50, Kewanee 20: Morris bolted to a 50-0 halftime lead en route to an easy victory.

Kewanee (6-4) finally got on the board in the second half as Lewis Robinson scored on runs of 6 and 65 yards.

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