“I saw the receiver going out there and I just jumped the pass,” Thompson said. “It’s a big play. It gets us going once again when it seemed like we a little bit down,”
Both No. 2 BGM (9-0, 6-0) and No. 6 Pekin (7-2, 5-1) will be home for the opening round of the Class A playoffs on Wednesday. The Bears will host Van Buren (5-4), who culminated a magical regular season Friday night with a 44-8 victory over Danville that will send a Warrior football program that was without a team just a few seasons ago into the postseason for the first time ever.
Pekin, meanwhile, will host its first playoff game in a decade as Lone Tree (6-3) will provide the Panthers with the opposition. Pekin will be looking to snap a six-game playoff losing streak that dates back to the Panthers last postseason win, in 2002, against Joe Donovan’s Montezuma Braves.
“We had a great week of practice and, really, you can only get better from a game like this,” Donovan, now Pekin’s coach, said. “Facing a team like BGM in a game like this can only make us better for what we’re going to see on Wednesday.”
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