East clinches first winning season since 2001

The East E-Rabs moved to 5-2 by pounding out 340 yards on the ground in a 30-19 win over Jefferson at Wyeth Stadium.

Jalen Griffin had his biggest game of the season with 166 yards on 22 carries. It included his longest run as well, a 63-yard run to the left that turned around what was looking to be a potential upset.

Jefferson took advantage of a fumbled punt and a pass interference call to take a 13-0 lead into the second quarter. Griffin’s run set up the first score that cut the lead to 13-8, then Alijah Knutsson intercepted a pass and returned it to the 15 yard line to set up a go-ahead score.

Tyvionne Horton added 111 yards on eight carries, including a 43-yard touchdown run. The East rushing attack was efficient enough that quarterback Kedric Hardy only threw two passes.

East’s defense held Jefferson to just 162 yards.

The win for East should clinch the school’s fifth trip to the IHSA playoffs. The E-Rabs are 13-2 in their prior four appearances, which includes state titles in 1974 and 1985.

East’s win was the lone highlight for District 205 football. Auburn lost its first-place showdown in Rockton with Hononegah, 29-6. There’s still a chance the Knights could at least claim a share of the title. Hononegah faces 5-2 Harlem in the final week of the season. A Huskies win there would give Auburn a chance to share the conference title.

The Guilford Vikings saw their playoff hopes crumble with a 41-28 loss to Belvidere North in Belvidere. Guilford fell to 3-4 and has to beat Belvidere and Auburn to extend its season.

Posted on 10.06.17