Golden Eagles advance to second round
The Mercer County Gold Eagles advanced to the second round of the 2A football playoffs Saturday by overcoming a strong Bureau Valley team, 22-19.
For the second straight week the Golden Eagles fought with the elements as well as opponents. The mud and the wind had to be considered during the game.
Mercer County improved to 8-2 on the season with the victory.
Mercer County will travel to Gibson City on Saturday to face the Falcons in the second round of the playoffs. The game is scheduled to start at 2 p.m.
The winner will meet either Kewanee Wethersfield or Amboy in the quarterfinals. Mercer County beat Kewanee Wethersfield earlier this season to give them their only loss.
Sherrard was knocked out of the playoffs Saturday losing to Sterling Newman, 9-6.
Orion advanced to the second round of the playoffs by beating Stark County. Orion will travel to Knoxville Saturday to play the Blue Bullets at 1 p.m.
United defeated Flanagan in the first round of the Class 1A state playoffs and will travel to Heyworth on Saturday for a 1 p.m. match-up.
Former Aledo head coach Cullen Welter with his new team, the Monticello Sage, will travel to Carthage Saturday to play a familiar opponent in the Illini West Chargers.
Welter won three state titles while he was head coach at Aledo in 1998, 2001 and 2002. The 2002 championship game was against Jim Unruh's Carthage Blueboys.