Redbirds take down Little Giants

Adam Duvall GateHouse Media Illinois
Metamora senior quarterback Nick Holman rushes past the Washington defense in week four. Holman, in week five hosting Canton, challenged the Little Giants and pulled through for one touchdown and 34 yards rushing.

Canton, coming off a 60point performance, ran right into one tough Metamora defense.

The Class 5A No. 8-ranked Redbirds slowed down that potent offense en route to a 54-14 win on Friday night at Malone Field. Metamora (4-1, 3-0) held Mid-Illini Conference foe Little Giants to 297 yards — 141 rushing and 156 passing — after they had gained 647 in last week’s 60-56 win over Pekin. 

“Once we really started really focusing in and really buckling down, we were able to make the stops we needed to make,” said Metamora defensive end Merritt Stott, who was part of a defense that allowed just 82 second-half yards.

Canton (3-2, 1-2) had made it a 21-14 game just 38 seconds into the second quarter. Cole Schrodt, who finished with 138 passing yard and 47 rushing yards, capped a 14-play, 60-yard drive with a two-yard quarterback sneak. From there, though, Metamora scored 32 unanswered points fueled by two touchdowns from Tim Brennan (five carries for 93 yards) and three second-half TDs by Zach Rohrbach (eight carries for 72 yards).

Leading tackler and linebacker Matt Callear even got in the end zone with a 1-yard TD in the first-quarter. Metamora’s offense finished with 518 yards (410 rushing, 108 

passing) on 52 plays. 

“We’re not going to say that best game has already happen, because we always have to play our best every game,” Callear said.

Metamora coach Pat Ryan echoed Callear’s sentiment, saying he likes that his team is focusing on one opponent at a time. 

“We’re kind of in the moment,” Ryan said. “We’re not (looking) too far down the road.”

Canton senior running back Quinton Reed, who entered the game with 503 total yards and nine TDs, did not play on offense. He saw limited time in the second half on defense and special teams.

“We choose to rest him for personal reasons,” Canton coach Ryan Pearson said.