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Woodford Times - Peoria, IL
  • Metamora football beats Pekin

  • One team sits alone atop the Mid-Illini Conference in football.
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  • One team sits alone atop the Mid-Illini Conference in football.
    Metamora overcame a double-figures deficit in the first quarter and shut out Pekin after that in a 34-10 victory on Friday at Malone Field.
    Metamora (4-2, 3-0) moved into sole possession of first place.
    Pekin (5-1, 2-1) had beaten the Redbirds last season.
    "Last year we lost it in the trenches," Metamora coach Pat Ryan said. "We were better there tonight."
    Senior quarterback Bryan Burk, playing in place of Brendan Nachtrieb (hamstring) for the second consecutive week, scored on a 9-yard run in the second quarter to trim Pekin's lead to 10-7 at intermission.
    Metamora went 63 yards in four plays on its first series of the second half. Dekota Doerr's 24-yard scoring run gave the host the lead for good at 13-10.
    Pekin's Clage Dodson suffered an apparent knee injury while playing defense late in the third quarter. The senior running back left the stadium in a cart.
    "We didn't respond very well to adversity," Pekin coach Doug Nutter said. "Metamora did."
    Doerr finished the Metamora drive with a 1-yard run that pushed the lead to 20-10. Doerr and Gage Patton added touchdown runs in the fourth quarter.
    Doerr led all rushers with 168 yards.
    Dodson finished with 68 yards.
    Pekin took its 10-0 lead in the first on quarterback Chase Poole's 1-yard run and a 30-yard field goal by Tyler Winders. Poole passed for 152 yards.

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