Here are the top 6 takeaways from Week 7 of Peoria high school football

Peoria's Gary Rutherford (9) and Tejuan Smith try to pump up the crowd in the first half Friday, Oct. 8, 2021 at Peoria Stadium. Peoria High defeated Champaign Central 60-6.
Adam Duvall
Journal Star

Week 7 of the high school football season has come and gone.

Before we gear up for Week 8, here are six takeaways from Friday night games:

Peoria High bounces back with a win

Usually known for its ability to score points on-demand, Peoria High put on a defensive clinic in Friday's 60-6 win over Champaign Central at Peoria Stadium. The Class 5A eighth-ranked Lions (5-2, 5-1) limited their Big 12 Conference visitors to 205 total yards — 165 passing and 40 rushing.

This also came with Peoria High — which lost 42-38 last week to Normal Community — not having a single possession in a running-clock third quarter.

One of the many defensive highlights for the Lions was Jakhim Hon's scoop and score in the second quarter. The senior linebacker recovered a fumble on the Champaign 11 and rumbled into the end zone, putting Peoria High up 44-0.

All the scores:Week 7 high school football from the Peoria area

Pekin pulls off road stunner 

Down by 14 points early in the third quarter, Pekin rallied to beat Metamora 35-28 at Malone Field and move into a second-place tie with the Redbirds and Dunlap in a tight Mid-Illini Conference race. Morton and Washington are one game ahead of that trio, atop of the league. 

The Dragons (5-2, 3-2) were down 28-14 when they scored 21 unanswered points to pull off the come from behind win. Brody Keene hauled in a 5-yard touchdown pass from Scotty Jordan with 4:32 left the game.

Metamora (5-2, 3-2) then drove down the field only to have the Pekin stop the Redbirds on fourth down. 

Metamora's T.J. Reising (33) snags Pekin ballcarrier Tanner Sprecher's jersey as he bolts through the Metamora defense in the fourth quarter Friday, Oct. 8, 2021 at Malone Field in Metamora. The Dragons defeated the Redbirds 35-28.

Eureka pulls off gutsy win in 2OT

What a wild night in the Heart of Illinois Conference for Eureka.

The Hornets (5-2) staged a comeback of their own, trailing by 22 points before forcing overtime and winning 43-42 in double OT. Eureka coach Jason Bachman made a gutsy call to go for the win following Justis Bachman's 4-yard TD catch.

Eureka quarterback Jake Morin found Drew Dingledine for the two-point conversion and victory.

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Farmington has firepower 

Farmington continues to steamroll its way through the regular season, beating Route 78 rival Elmwood/Brimfield, 44-8. Junior quarterback Gage Renken threw three touchdown passes and Kevin Shultz rushed for three TDs as the Class 3A seventh-ranked Farmers (7-0, 6-0) are now averaging an even 51 points a game.

Shultz scored on runs of nine, 34 and 58 along with another score that was called back. Renken threw scores to Corbin Rutledge (37 yards), Logan Morse (34 yards) and Riley Embry (47 yards).

Who's in the playoffs?

Tremont's John Rathbun celebrates his quarterback sack in the first half Friday, Sept. 10, 2021 in Tremont. The Turks defeated LeRoy 42-12.

Seven Peoria-area teams picked up their fifth win of the season on Friday night, making them playoff eligible. Those teams — Peoria High, Pekin, Morton, Washington, Eureka, Deer Creek-Mackinaw and Tremont — will now need a sixth victory to officially clinch a playoff berth.

Dunlap picked up its fourth win, beating Limestone 39-0 for its second successive shutout. The Eagles (4-3, 3-2) have Canton and Morton at home to close out the regular season. 

Elmwood/Brimfield is now 4-3 following the Farmington loss, now needing one victory in its last two to grab postseason eligibility. The Trojans visit Lewistown next week, then host Havana in Week 9.

Lincoln Trail newcomers set to clash

Wins by Knoxville and Abingdon-Avon on Friday night set up a Week 8 meeting for the Lincoln Trail Conference title. Both programs left the Prairieland Conference following the 2020-2021 school year and joined the Lincoln Trail.

And it has worked out quite well. Knoxville (7-0, 7-0), which beat Illini West 41-22, finds itself ranked No. 7 in Class 2A. Abingdon-Avon (7-0, 6-0), which held off Princeville for a 18-7 victory, is third among Class 1A teams.

These teams will meet at 7 p.m. next Friday in Abingdon.

Adam Duvall is a Journal Star sports reporter. Email him at Follow him on Twitter @AdamDuvall.