Football

Week 3 Scoreboard

Big 8 Conference

Princeton 30, Mt. Carmel 27

Vincennes Lincoln 30, Princeton 27

Jasper 35, Heritage Hills 14

Harrisburg 21, Boonville 14

Washington 76, North Daviess 7

Southern Illinois

Belleville Althoff 33, Breese Mater Dei 0

Bethalto Civic Memorial 20, Olney 6

Carmi 52, Edwards Co. 21

Chester 41, Hamilton Co.22

Columbia 54, Salem 14

Fairfield 60, CZR 0

Flora 34, Casey-Westfield 7

Marshall 39, Robinson 7

Newton 49, Lawrenceville 21

Red Hill 32, Paris 14

Triad 55, Mt. Vernon 7

Flora JFL coaches resign amid controversy

Three coaches of the Flora JFL football team resigned on Thursday night, as reaction continued to build concerning an ugly late-game incident against Mt. Carmel last Saturday, and a rather muted apology from coaches three days later. The move was announced on the Junior Wolves Facebook page just hours after their JFL opponent for this week, Olney, had decided to not play the game in protest.

According to the statement released Thursday, "with heavy hearts Flora JFL has accepted the resignation of coaches Brandon Helm, Nathan Boyer and Scott Vaughn."

Week 1 Scoreboard

SCOREBOARD

Big 8 Conference

Harrisburg 17, Mt. Carmel 14
Vincennes Lincoln 52, Boonville 7
Pike Central 29, Princeton 28
Jasper 28, Southridge 21
North Posey 63, Mt. Vernon 35
Washington 37, Evansville Bosse 7

Southern Illinois

Breese Mater Dei 27, Effingham 26
Centralia 49, Salem 19
Edwards County 21, Hamilton County 6
Fairfield 48, Johnston City 0
Marshall 40, Flora 8
Newton 36, Georgetown-Ridge Farm 16
Olney 45, Lawrenceville 14
Red Hill 42, Robinson 7
Sesser-Valier 27, Carmi 12
Taylorville 42, Mt. Vernon 6

Indiana

Forest Park 35, Perry Central 0
Gibson Southern 55, South Spencer 7
Heritage Hills 41, Tell City 0
Lawrence North 34, Brownsburg 13

Coaches ready, too, after Gator Bowl

MOUNT CARMEL, Ill. – Mount Carmel’s annual pre-season football scrimmage – the Gator Bowl – is usually about the players, their readiness, and position posturing for the season ahead.

This year, it was more about the coaches.

For this year, for the first time since 2001, there was a change of head coaches. Along with Michael Brewers’ ascension to the top came changes to his staff. That made Thursday’s annual scrimmage a dress rehearsal for players and coaches.

“It’s a pretty big adjustment,” said Brewer after the one-hour varsity scrimmage to close out the program at Riverview Stadium. Last year, his sixth as an assistant to Darren Peach, Brewer was up in the booth with headphones on. “I wasn’t calling the plays. Darren was.”

All things considered, he said the Gator Bowl was “probably better for me than anyone else, to come out here, get everybody organized, see where we know where to go, and call some plays. I was happy with the communication among our coaches. A couple of times we didn’t get the right guys on the field. So that gives us something we need to work on before next Friday (the season opener against Harrisburg).”

Brewer Era begins

MOUNT CARMEL, Ill. – The last time the grandest football program in southern Illinois changed its’ head coach, in 2001, Michael Brewer was a junior at Mount Carmel High School.

Sixteen years later, it is now Brewer who is in charge at his alma mater, succeeding Darren Peach, who resigned last year after the winningest tenure in school history.

Monday was Day One of the Brewer Era, and nothing looked out of the ordinary, save for one nod to the modern athlete, a speaker sitting on the sideline gently pumping out beats in the background during practice. Brewer, who takes the reigns after six years as an assistant, has made other changes as well.

“We’ve done things here and there a little bit different, but outside of that we don’t want to mess up a good thing,” said Brewer after the first official day, which consisted of two workouts, wrapping up at dusk on the practice field next to Riverview Stadium, where the Aces debut on August 25th against Harrisburg.

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