Jacksonville struggles in Class 5A football playoff loss to Mahomet-Seymour

Ryan Mahan
State Journal-Register

MAHOMET — Jacksonville struggled offensively in the first half and things didn’t improve in the second half as Mahomet-Seymour rolled to a 50-8 win over the Crimsons at Frank Dutton Field in the first round of the Class 5A playoffs on Saturday.  

No. 14 seed Jacksonville finished the season 5-5. No. 3 Mahomet-Seymour improved to 10-0 with its first postseason victory since 2014 and advanced to host Troy Triad in the second round.  

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Jacksonville mustered just 14 yards rushing in the first half and junior quarterback Elijah Owens completed just four passes in the first two quarters for 26 yards. The Bulldogs’ defense was seemingly everywhere a Crimsons’ offensive player tried to be.  

Seven penalties for 70 yards in the first half didn’t help the Crimsons’ cause as Mahomet-Seymour raced out to a 29-0 halftime lead.  

Jacksonville had negative-15 yards of offense in the third quarter and got its only score late when La’Marion Williams, a freshman, scored on a 1-yard run in the final minute.  

It wasn’t just the Mahomet-Seymour defense which shined in the opening half. Quarterback Wyatt Bohm was 11-for-15 for 142 yards and one touchdown, hitting Quenton Rogers seven times for 80 yards and Dream Eagle six times for 81. 

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Jacksonville finished fifth in the Central State Eight Conference and made the playoffs for the first time since 2016. 

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