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Prep Roundup: St. Francis football rolls, return to .500

Published: Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013 5:31 a.m. CDT

WHEATON – James Butler rushed five times for 147 yards and two scores Friday, boosting the St. Francis football team to a 56-7 victory against Guerin in a Suburban Christian Conference crossover.

The Spartans (4-4) must win their regular-season finale against SCC Blue rival St. Edward next week to become playoff-eligible.

“We just want to go out and play a great game against a tough, top-level opponent,” Spartans offensive coordinator Jesse Pierce said. “As you have seen, there’s no easy ones in our league. … It’s essentially a playoff game one week early.”

Seven different players scored for St. Francis, which snapped a four-game skid. T.J. Jackson scored on a drive that included three would-be Butler touchdowns called back becauase of a penalty.

Wheaton Academy 48, Chicago Christian 27: At Palos Heights, senior fullback John Gemmel carried 12 times for 240 yards and three TDs as Wheaton Academy (4-4, 3-3 SCC Gold) gained more than 400 yards on the ground.

“John’s just a tough, downhill runner,” Warriors interim coach Brad Thornton said. “He’s not tall, so he’s kind of hard to find behind our bigger line. … He’s like a little bowling ball running through the lanes back there.”

Wheaton Academy must defeat SCC Blue power Marian Central next week to gain playoff eligibility.

Burlington Central 41, Rock Falls 24: At Burlington, BC (3-5) claimed the Big Northern Conference crossover to win for the second time in three games. The Rockets are set to close the season at North Boone next week.

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Glenbard East Autumnfest tournament: At Lombard, St. Charles East improved to 24-5 by sweeping a pair of pool play matches, defeating Rockton Hononegah (26-24, 25-22) and Wheaton Warrenville South (25-18, 25-17).

Anne Hughes contributed 31 digs for the Saints, while Meagan Smith (11 kills), Megan Schildmeyer (10) and Dana Voltolina (10) sparked a balanced attack.

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