The Peoria area's top performances from Week 6 of the high school football season
Each week, the Journal Star will take a look at the top-performing teams and players from weekend games across the Peoria area.
Players from Peoria High, Morton and Dee-Mack lead our list for Week 6:
Jude Hart, Morton
The Potters quarterback accounted for 249 yards of total offense to help the Potters (3-3) to a 49-7 Mid-Illini Conference victory over Limestone. Hart was 9-for-13 passing for 149 yards, tossing TD passes to Micah Wong, GB Kruzick and Carl Whitaker. Hart added 80 yards rushing, while Whitaker led the way on the ground with 106 yards and another TD; he also returned an interception 90 yards for a score. Brett Michel ran for 57 yards and two touchdowns.
Kainon McQueary, Washington
The running back ran for 276 yards and four touchdowns on just 11 carries in a 51-7 Mid-Illini Conference victory over East Peoria. His touchdown runs came on runs of 60, 35, 4 and 73 yards for the Panthers (3-3, 3-1).
Kanye Tyler and Tanner Sprecher, Pekin
The running back duo was at it again in a 55-13 rout of Mid-Illini Conference rival Metamora. Sprecher had 10 carries for 194 yards and Tyler had 12 carries for 130 yards to help the state-ranked Dragons (6-0, 4-0) clinch a playoff berth. Each scored three touchdowns for the No. 5 team in Class 7A.
Max Ryner, Macomb
The running back rushed for 235 yards and four touchdowns on 28 carries to help the state-ranked Bombers to a 38-20 victory over host Elmwood/Brimfield. Ryner added 10 tackles for Class 4A No. 10 Macomb (6-0), which clinched a playoff berth with the victory.
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Lucas Blumeyer, Deer Creek-Mackinaw
The running back ran for 149 yards and three touchdowns as Dee-Mack (2-4) defeated Tremont 46-0 to win the Route 9 rivalry matchup on Friday.
Jake Morin, Eureka
The reigning Journal Star athlete of the week went for 434 of Eureka's 524 total yards in its 33-3 win over El Paso-Gridley. Morin went 27-for-35 with 329 yards and a pair of TD passes to Justis Bachman. The senior QB added 105 rushing yards with a one-yard TD run to cap a 99-yard second-quarter drive.
Gage Renken, Farmington
Renken rushed for 158 yards and two TDs as Farmington beat Prairieland Conference host Rushville-Industry, 33-16. The senior quarterback carried it 15 times, recording an eight-yard TD run in the second quarter and capped his night with an 11-yard score in the third. The Farmers (4-2, 4-1) had 421 yards of total offense and 25 first downs.
Malachi Washington, Peoria High
The senior running back had another big night, rushing for 223 yards on 18 carries with four touchdowns in Thursday's 66-12 win over Richwoods. He also caught a 54-yard TD as the Class 5A fifth-ranked Lions (6-0) put up 46 points in the game's first 15:21 and wrapped up a playoff spot. Washington has 1,379 rushing yards and 23 total TDs on the season.
Gannon Bergmann, Illini West
The Chargers quarterback was dominant, accounting for 350 yards of offense and all of Illini West's touchdowns in a dramatic 28-22 win over South Fulton. Bergmann was 17-for-24 passing for 266 yards and four TD tosses for IW (3-3), adding 84 yards rushing. His top target was Jerick Lemaire, who had five catches for 148 yards — including a 53-yard game-winner with 61 seconds remaining in the game.
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Zenon Rule, Richwoods
The senior booted a pair of field goals as Richwoods lost to Peoria High, 66-12 on Thursday night. Rule, a 6-foot-1, 175-pound kicker, made one from 37 yards as well as putting one through the uprights from 28.
Justis Bachman, Eureka
The Hornet wideout caught eight balls for 89 yards and two TDs in Eureka's 33-3 win over El Paso-Gridley. His two TDs came from QB Jake Morin, who found him for a 32-yard score in the first and a 17-yard TD in the third quarter.
TQ Webb, Peoria High
He caught three balls from QB Tino Gist including two TDs as Peoria High rolled to a 66-12 victory over Richwoods. Webb finished with 54 yards as Gist tossed four TDs with 225 yards.