Sole possession of first place in the Lincoln Trail Conference belongs to state-ranked Princeville as the Princes blanked Mid-County 27-0 Friday night behind three Adam Snedden rushing touchdowns.

Sole possession of first place in the Lincoln Trail Conference belongs to state-ranked Princeville as the Princes blanked Mid-County 27-0 Friday night behind three Adam Snedden rushing touchdowns.

“That’s an awfully good football team there,” Mid-County head coach Gary Denhart said of the undefeated Princes. “They have the horses. There weren’t any surprises. They play hard, they execute well and the better team won.”

Snedden flashed his big-play ability early for the visiting Princes. He took off on scoring runs of 51 and 56 yards in the opening quarter to stake Princeville to a quick 14-0 lead

The Princes capitalized on a Mid-County turnover deep in its own territory in the second quarter. The Cougars coughed up the football at their own 10, and two plays later Justin Janssen scored from five yards out as the Princes built a 21-0 lead at the break.

Snedden — who rushed for 154 yards on 16 attempts — finished off the scoring in the fourth quarter with a seven-yard touchdown jaunt. 

Denhart was pleased with his team’s defensive performance after falling behind early.

“This is one of the better defensive efforts someone has put up against them this year,” Denhart said. “They have had a lot of running clocks at the half. I’m happy with our second half effort.”

While the M-C defense drew some kudos from the coach, the offense struggled to make anything happen. The Cougars turned the ball over five times, four in the opening half, and managed just 106 yards of total offense.

“We just couldn’t put a drive together,” Denhart said.

The win moves to the Princes to 6-0 overall and 4-0 in the LTC, while the Homecoming defeat drops Mid-County to 4-2 and 3-1 in conference.

The Cougars travel to Annawan-Wethersfield Friday night for a key Week 7 matchup.

 

M-C by the numbers

The Mid-County offense was limited to 106 yards of total offense — 32 yards rushing on 29 carries and 74 yards through the air.

Jason Clark was the team’s leading rusher with 21 yards, while Jake Varner was 6 of 19 passing with an interception. Tucker Sams had two catches for 42 yards to lead the Cougars.

On defense, Trenton Welsh topped the tackle chart with eight stops and four assists. Sams added six tackles and Parker Taylor had five stops. 

 

Around the LTC

Elsewhere in the LTC Friday night, Annawan-Wethersfield handled Ridgewood 36-16, Stark County blanked United 34-0 and Mercer County topped West Central 49-28.

Princeville is alone in first place at 4-0, followed by Mid-County, Annawan-Wethersfield and Mercer County all 3-1, Stark County 2-2, Ridgewood 1-3, United and West Central 0-4.

 

LTC F-S results, standings

In Monday’s fresh-soph football action, Princeville toppled Mid-County 52-12, Ridgewood topped Annawan-Wethersfield 26-8, Stark County blasted United 60-32 and Mercer County defeated West Central 30-6.

Princeville and Ridgewood lead the LTC F-S race at 4-0 each, followed by Mercer County 3-1, United and West Central 2-2, Stark County 1-3, Annawan-Wethersfield and Mid-County 0-4.