The Peoria area's top performances from Week 8 of the high school football season

Adam Duvall
Journal Star

Each week, the Journal Star will take a look at the top-performing teams and players from Friday night games across the Peoria area.

Players from Washington, Dee-Mack and Elmwood/Brimfield lead our performers for Week 8 so far:

Kainon McQueary, Washington

The running back ran for 204 yards and five touchdowns to lead the Panthers to a 41-0 Mid-Illini Conference victory over Canton on Friday night. Washington (5-3, 4-1) became eligible for the playoffs with the victory and remains second place in the M-I behind Pekin, which clinched a share of the league crown. The Panthers face Morton (4-4, 3-3) in Week 9, while Pekin (8-0, 6-0) is scheduled to face East Peoria (2-6, 1-5).

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The Washington defense

The Panthers defenders allowed only 11 yards of total offense and three first downs in a 41-0 victory over Canton. The Little Giants had no passing yards and ran for just 11 yards on 22 carries.

Dunlap quarterback Madyn Burke looks for a receiver as the Eagles battle the Morton Potters in the second half Friday, Oct. 14, 2022 in Morton. The Eagles defeated the Potters 35-34 in overtime.

Madyn Burke, Dunlap

The Eagles quarterback was 15-of-26 passing for 328 yds and three touchdowns — plus he ran for a TD in OT of a 35-34 Mid-Illini Conference win over Morton. Burke threw for 223 yards in the second half, rallying the Eagles (5-3, 4-2) to the key M-I win and helping them become playoff eligible; only a Week 9 meeting with Metamora (5-3, 4-2) remains. Burke's go-to receiver Graham Glover had 10 catches for 215 yds and a TD.

Tanner Sprecher and Kanye Tyler, Pekin

Pekin's dynamic duo of running backs was quick and efficient Friday during a 49-6 win over Pekin. They combined for 151 yards on eight carries, each scoring a pair of touchdowns as the Dragons built a 42-0 lead at halftime. Connor Martin added a 65-yard TD run and an 85-yard kickoff return for a score to start the second half as Pekin (8-0, 7-0) clinched a share of the Mid-Illini Conference title. Pekin is scheduled to face East Peoria (2-6, 1-5) in Week 9.

El Paso-Gridley's Dax Gentes finds a path through the Tremont defense in the first half Friday, Oct. 14, 2022 in Tremont. The Titans defeated the Turks 34-8.

Dax Gentes, El Paso-Gridley

The Titans star ran for 233 yards and four touchdowns on 13 carries as EP-G took control early for a 34-8 victory over Tremont. The Titans (6-2) scored three touchdowns on their first five plays of the game and clinched a playoff spot with a rainy road victory. Kamren Schumacher added 90 yards rushing and two TDs on just five carries for EP-G.

Teegan Davis, Princeton

The Tigers quarterback accounted for six touchdowns (all in the first half) to lead his unbeaten and state-ranked team to a 48-0 victory over Bureau Valley. Davis was 4-for-6 passing for 149 yards and four touchdowns — including 99 yards and three scores to receiver Noah LaPorte. Davis added a 20-yard rushing TD and returned an interception 45 yards for a score for Princeton (8-0), ranked No. 3 in Class 3A.

Lucas Blumeyer, Deer Creek-Mackinaw

The running back ran for 142 yards and four touchdowns to lead the Chiefs to a 64-14 victory over Fieldcrest. Tyce Albritton added 135 yards rushing and a TD in the blowout victory, during which Dee-Mack rolled up 589 yards of offense. The Chiefs (4-4) now have won four straight games after a 0-4 start to give themselves a shot at playoff eligibility; they face Eureka (6-2) to close the regular season.

Malachi Washington, Peoria High

The senior running back put more yards on his nearly 2,000-yard season, rushing for 199 yards in a 30-6 loss to Normal West. Washington carried the ball 37 times including a 6-yard TD at the five-minute mark of the first quarter. He boasts 1,891 yards and 27 total TDs with a Week 9 meeting with Peoria Notre Dame looming.

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Morton running back Brett Michel (23) gains some yardage against Dunlap in the second half Friday, Oct. 14, 2022 in Morton. The Potters fell to the Eagles 35-34 in overtime.

Brett Michel, Morton

The Potters running back ran for 237 yards and four touchdowns on 35 carries — including one in OT — during a 35-34 loss to Dunlap in a key Mid-Illini Conference game. The total was more yards than he had run for all season combined. He had 23 carries for 169 yards and two TDs in the second half for Morton (4-4, 3-3), which need to win next week against Washington (5-3, 5-1) to become playoff eligible.

Slone Windish, Elmwood/Brimfield

The Trojans' two-way star rushed 12 times for 131 yards and three touchdowns to lead Elmwood to a 4-0 victory over the Lewistown/Valley/Cuba Co-op. He also led the defense, with seven tackles including a safety with brother Bo Windish. Aiden Frail also shined on offense with 112 yards rushing on 12 carries as Elmwood (5-3) became playoff eligible.

Zeb Rashid, Annawan/Wethersfield

The Titans running back continued his tear, rolling up 169 yards of offense and three touchdowns to help Annawan to a 32-24 win over ROWVA/Williamsfield. He ran for 148 yards on 18 carries and two TDs; he added a 21-yard TD reception. He ran for 240 yards last week for Annawan/Wethersfield (7-1, 6-0), which remains alone atop the LTC.