Trevor Geggie, a Knox College football player and Litchfield graduate, achieved the football version of a hat trick against Lawrence University.
His three touchdowns were instrumental in helping the Prairie Fire down the Titans 56-28. It was the final victory of the year for the Prairie Fire, who finished 3-6 both overall and in the Midwest Conference.
Geggie’s first touchdown was the second one in the contest. The former Purple Panther dashed the final five yards in the 16-play, 72-yard drive. It took the Prairie Fire a total of 8 minutes and 33 seconds. He scored at 12:19 of the second quarter and gave Knox a 14-0 lead at the time.
He would be back in the endzone before the first half ended. With just 43 seconds left to play in the opening half, Geggie would grab a 17-yard pass from Kaile Williams. It took Knox 1:34 to drive 69 yards on eight plays. It broke the 14-14 tie and put Knox ahead 21-14.
With the game well in hand in the final two minutes of the fourth quarter, the 5-foot-10, 165-pound skill player took the ball from the Knox 40-yard line and ran 60 yards into the endzone with 1:41 left to play. It took Knox only 21 seconds complete 51 yards on three plays. It gave Knox a 49-28 lead.
“That final touchdown was so satisfying,” said Geggie of the 60-yard run. “I had to use my speed to get to the edge and outrun the cornerback. He was pursuing from the backside. I really had to turn on the afterburners to get that score. I got to enter the same endzone three times. It was where my grandmother, mother and brother were sitting. It made it even better.”
The senior running back, who has one more year of eligibility, would finish with 94 rushing yards on five carries. He would catch four passes for 40 yards.
“In my final season, I want to have a winning season first and foremost,” said Geggie. “We have not had a winning season in a while and I want to be part of the team that starts a winning trend. I believe that we have the athletes to get it done. It is all about the effort, attitude and executing the game plan. I plan on putting in quite a bit of work and I am running track this season. I want to improve my overall explosiveness as a sprinter. It will help me on the football field. I am excited to get back to work and make that happen.”
Abby Brockmeyer (Lincolnwood) posted double digit efforts for Southern Illinois University-Carbondale as they dumped Quincy University (70-45) and University of Tennessee-Martin (69-54). In the win over Quincy, a NCAA Division II school, Brockmeyer finished with 18 points, six rebounds, four steals and two assists. The starter, who hit 8-of-13 from the floor and 2-of-5 from the charity stripe, played 26 minutes. She started and played 31 minutes. Brockmeyer, who hit 3-of-6 from the floor and 7-of-8 from the free throw line, finished with 13 points, four rebounds, two assists and two steals in the triumph over Tennessee-Martin.
Sammi Matoush (Hillsboro), a Washington University basketball player, had 11 points to help the Washington Lady Bears overcome Westminster University 71-64. Matoush, who also four rebounds, three assists and two steals, drained 4-of-9 from the floor, which included a 2-of-5 from beyond the arc, and 1-of-2 from the free throw line. In the 72-65 loss to Millikin University, Matoush had 13 points and five rebounds. The former Hiltopper hit four field goals (three treys) and two free throws. She started both games, playing 32 minutes in the loss and 26 minutes in the win.
Jade Scroggins (Hillsboro) scored eight points, but it was not enough to power Hannibal-LaGrange University beyond Park University. Scroggins, who emerged off the bench and played 21 minutes, also had three rebounds in the 53-48 HLG loss. In her 15 minutes of play in HLG’s 77-44 loss to Missouri Baptist University, Scroggins had five points, three rebounds, two assists and two steals.
Raymond Wille (Hillsboro) had two solo tackles as his college team, Lyon College, downed Texas College 33-32. It was Lyon’s first win of the year. He had one tackle for four yards of loss.
Lexi Throne (Litchfield) was University of Illinois-Springfield’s seventh runner in the NCAA Division II Midwest Region Cross Country Championships. The meet was held in Angel Mounds, Indiana. The junior finished the 6,000-meter run in 25 minutes, 1.9 seconds. She was 177th overall. As a team, UIS took 18th with 481 points. Grand Valley State University won the regional title with 40 points.
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Dan Chamness is a freelance college sports writer. He can be contacted at Dan62801@aol.com.
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