The top performances from Week 2 Illinois high school football in the Springfield area

Bill Welt Ryan Mahan Trevor Lawrence
State Journal-Register

Week 2 of the high school football season is here.

Each week, The State Journal-Register will take a look at the top performing teams and players from Friday and Saturday games across the Springfield area.

Here is our list for Week 2. 

All the scores:Scores from around the Springfield area in Week 2

QB Jack Knudson and WR Galashky Blaise, Chatham Glenwood

Knudson connected with Blaise for two scores as the Titans (1-1) rolled past host Decatur Eisenhower 42-6 in a Central State Eight Conference game. 

Knudson threw a 30-yard TD to Blaise in the first period that gave Glenwood a 14-0 lead. The duo hooked up again in the second quarter on a 70-yard touchdown as the Titans began to pull away, 35-0.

Knudson completed 8 of 11 passes for 176 yards and three TDs. Miles Stapleton also caught a 20-yard TD pass from Knudson. Blaise finished with three receptions for 111 yards. 

Rashad Rochelle, Springfield High

The quarterback and Rutgers commit accounted for 273 yards and returned a kickoff 82 yards for a score to help the Senators to a 66-20 win over Lanphier in Central State Eight Conference play.

In all, SHS rolled up 529 yards of total offense and led 58-8 after one quarter. 

Rochelle completed 6 of 11 passes for 220 yards, including four touchdowns. Antwione Alwerdt (41 yards) and Pharell Jackson (48 yards) each had a touchdown reception from Rochelle, while Mitchell Logan caught TDs of 53 and 23 yards, 

Springfield's rushing attack ran for 240 yards. Alwerdt had six carries for 90, Paul Hartman ran seven times for 52 and Rochelle also compiled 52 yards on the ground on six attempts.

Springfield's Mitchell Logan (11) pulls in a pass on his way to a touchdown against Lanphier in the first half at Memorial Stadium in Springfield, Ill., Friday, September 3, 2021. [Justin L. Fowler/The State Journal-Register]

Kion Carson, Lincoln

Running back Carson led the way as the Railsplitters outrushed Charleston 298-26 and improved to 2-0 in the Apollo Conference with a 14-6 victory. 

Carson's 2-yard touchdown run in the fourth period sealed the win. He finished with 132 yards on 15 carries. Isaac Decker ran for 89 yards on 11 attempts and scored the first touchdown of the game with a 16-yard run. .

Tony Gandolfi and quarterback Elijah Pollice combined for 79 yards on 18 carries.

Colin Ripperda, Williamsville

The 5-foot-9 junior defensive back collected an interception at the start of the second quarter and recovered a muffed kickoff return late in the third quarter in addition to a sack in the first half as the Bullets defense preserved a 6-0 halftime lead and withstood Athens' last drive in a 28-21 Sangamo Conference victory.

Ja'Kyan Shanklin, Athens

Shanklin ran for 186 yards on 23 carries in a 28-21 loss to Williamsville. He unleashed an 82-yard run to set up the Warriors' first touchdown to start the third quarter.

Jackson Kern and Treshaun Lancaster, Auburn

Kern, a receiver and defensive back, intercepted a pass at the goal-line and went 100 yards for a touchdown to give Auburn a 7-0 lead in the second period. He added a 15-yard TD run in the final quarter. 

Lancaster had the other touchdown for the Trojans, a 5-yard run in the third period. He carried the ball 27 times and led Auburn with 159 rushing yards. 

Carson Wiser, Carlinville

The senior receiver had 10 catches for 188 yards and three touchdowns in the Cavaliers' 49-41 South Central Conference loss at Vandalia.

Kamren Heimsness, Taylorville 

The quarterback totaled 268 yards from scrimmage and had four touchdowns in Taylorville's 26-14 win Saturday over Elgin St. Edward. Heimsness scored three TDs on the ground and finished with 145 yards, while completing 7 of 12 passes for 123 and a score.