LISTEN: ‘ESPNDecatur’s 20 Greatest Games’, #13 – Trojan Championship Train Nearly Raided

LISTEN: ‘ESPNDecatur’s 20 Greatest Games’, #13 – Trojan Championship Train Nearly Raided

(GAME #13 … A season of greatness following a phenomenal Maroa-Forsyth team to a state title, hit very few bumps in the road … A team who beat its five playoff opponents, 231-56, did much of the same during the regular season, except for two … A 7-6 loss at Tolono Unity in Week two, and this 39-36 instant classic at Central A&M in Week Eight … Jack Hockaday was already becoming the grown man superstar in his sophomore season, but this game may have been the final hurdle to postseason confidence as he rushed 27 times for 259 yards and FIVE Touchdowns … But this game was much more than another Trojans win … Maroa-Forsyth (7-1) was the #3 Class 2A team in the state, and Central A&M (also 7-1) was the #2 Class 1A team in the state … Also, Raiders Head Coach Mark Ramsey coaches his final home game, after a 30-year career at Moweaqua/CAM, in this game, which additionally included his senior son, Curtis, under center, closing out his remarkable career on his senior night in Moweaqua) 

 

THE LIST … (Click to Link to Game Broadcast)

#20 … MacArthur def. Eisenhower, 14-6 (2012)

#19 … LSA def. Argenta-Oreana, 34-24 (2016)

#18 … Warrensburg-Latham def. Clinton, 21-14 (2018)

#17 … Chatham Glenwood def. Eisenhower, 42-36 (2016)

#16 … Warrensburg-Latham def. Cerro Gordo-Bement, 28-22 (2016)

#15 … MacArthur def. Springfield, 8-6 (2018)

#14 … Cerro Gordo-Bement def. LSA, 39-38 (2015)

#13 … Maroa-Forsyth def. Central A&M, 39-36 (2012)

 

THE STORY …

AUGUST 28  –  We may be without High School Football this fall, but ESPNDecatur 1050 AM has dug into its recent archives, and launches the, ’20 Greatest High School Football Games of the Decade’.

 

To be exact, the archives only go back to the 2012 season, although ESPNDecatur has been carrying a Game of the Week since 2009 with Aric Lee as the play-by-play voice.

 

“I wanted to do something on these quiet and lonely Friday nights,” Lee said. “So let’s find some old games, rank them so everyone can argue, and hear some of the greatest players, plays, and matchups of the last eight seasons.”

 

The plan is for a pair of games to be released on NowDecatur.com, and the NowDecatur Social Media Pages, every Friday afternoon. Those games will be available via podcast on NowDecatur.com, or the free NowDecatur app. Due to Cubs baseball on ESPNDecatur through September, and any possible playoffs, the first five-plus weeks will only be streamed/podcasted on NowDecatur.

 

But by the Friday nights of October, the Top 10 games on the list will be played on-air, on ESPNDecatur 1050 AM, each Friday night at 6 & 8 p.m. That will take us into November until we get to the number one and two game on the final Friday.

 

Lee adds that a few games had equipment issues and aren’t playable, and some won’t sound the best, but we make them available anyway. Plus, the likely number one game, Maroa-Forsyth’s 2012 State Championship victory over Stockton was never recorded and is lost forever, so that will not be included on the list. St. Teresa Football will also only have a few games make the list, as WSOY has been the home of Bulldog Football for over 10 years, and those broadcasts are not available to replay. However, the Bulldogs returned to ESPNDecatur in 2019, and also had their ‘End of a Rivalry’ game make the list versus Maroa-Forsyth, from 2015.

LISTEN: ‘ESPNDecatur’s 20 Greatest Games’ #14, Broncos One-Point Better Than Lions

LISTEN: ‘ESPNDecatur’s 20 Greatest Games’ #14, Broncos One-Point Better Than Lions

(GAME #14 … A pair of 2-1 Little Okaw Valley Conference teams had a Week Four meeting in 2015, as the LSA Lions were creeping up with talent and starting to knock off perennial favorites, but coach Andy Kerley’s Cerro Gordo-Bement Broncos took offense and aimed to hold their spot in the pecking order … It would prove to start a brilliant rivalry over the next few seasons, as the Broncos would claim this battle, 39-38, in a clash that had a good dozen of game-changing moments)

 

THE LIST … (Click to Link to Game Broadcast)

#20 … MacArthur def. Eisenhower, 14-6 (2012)

#19 … LSA def. Argenta-Oreana, 34-24 (2016)

#18 … Warrensburg-Latham def. Clinton, 21-14 (2018)

#17 … Chatham Glenwood def. Eisenhower, 42-36 (2016)

#16 … Warrensburg-Latham def. Cerro Gordo-Bement, 28-22 (2016)

#15 … MacArthur def. Springfield, 8-6 (2018)

#14 … Cerro Gordo-Bement def. LSA, 39-38 (2015)

 

THE STORY …

AUGUST 28  –  We may be without High School Football this fall, but ESPNDecatur 1050 AM has dug into its recent archives, and launches the, ’20 Greatest High School Football Games of the Decade’.

 

To be exact, the archives only go back to the 2012 season, although ESPNDecatur has been carrying a Game of the Week since 2009 with Aric Lee as the play-by-play voice.

 

“I wanted to do something on these quiet and lonely Friday nights,” Lee said. “So let’s find some old games, rank them so everyone can argue, and hear some of the greatest players, plays, and matchups of the last eight seasons.”

 

The plan is for a pair of games to be released on NowDecatur.com, and the NowDecatur Social Media Pages, every Friday afternoon. Those games will be available via podcast on NowDecatur.com, or the free NowDecatur app. Due to Cubs baseball on ESPNDecatur through September, and any possible playoffs, the first five-plus weeks will only be streamed/podcasted on NowDecatur.

 

But by the Friday nights of October, the Top 10 games on the list will be played on-air, on ESPNDecatur 1050 AM, each Friday night at 6 & 8 p.m. That will take us into November until we get to the number one and two game on the final Friday.

 

Lee adds that a few games had equipment issues and aren’t playable, and some won’t sound the best, but we make them available anyway. Plus, the likely number one game, Maroa-Forsyth’s 2012 State Championship victory over Stockton was never recorded and is lost forever, so that will not be included on the list. St. Teresa Football will also only have a few games make the list, as WSOY has been the home of Bulldog Football for over 10 years, and those broadcasts are not available to replay. However, the Bulldogs returned to ESPNDecatur in 2019, and also had their ‘End of a Rivalry’ game make the list versus Maroa-Forsyth, from 2015.