GCMS football: 'It's all people want to talk about right now'

GIBSON CITY — No matter where one goes in Gibson City these days, the hot topic of discussion is the local high school football team.

The Great Rostradamus, so-called experts weigh in on state championship football games

In more ways than one, this season has felt like a sequel to last year.
The similarities between this year and last year are plentiful up to this point as Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley’s football team once again goes into Friday’s 1 p.m.

Championship rematch: GCMS, Maroa-Forsyth football teams to meet in IHSA Class 2A state-title game at 1 p.m. Friday in Champaign

CHAMPAIGN -- For the second straight year, the Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley and Maroa-Forsyth football teams will face each other in the IHSA Class 2A state championship game.
Last year, GCMS defeated Maroa-Forsyth won 38-32 as Bryce Barnes caught a 23-yard touchdown pass with 1:08 left in the game.  
"There were a lot of questions

GCMS football at Eastland-Pearl City

Here are some of the highlights from Saturday's IHSA Class 2A state semifinal game in Lanark ...

GCMS football defeats Eastland-Pearl City 14-7 in IHSA Class 2A state semifinal game

LANARK -- The game-winning score might have been a microcosm for how Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley played in Saturday's IHSA Class 2A state semifinal game against Eastland-Pearl City.
It was not always pretty, but it produced the desired result.
Despite a low snap, GCMS quarterback Nathan Garard collected the ball and threw a 10-yard touc

IHSA football semifinal predictions from the so-called experts

1A -- No. 2 Camp Point Central (11-1) at No. 1 Argenta-Oreana (12-0)
1A -- No. 6 Forreston (10-2) at No. 4 Lena-Winslow (10-1)
2A -- No. 1 GCMS (12-0) at No. 3 Lanark Eastland-Pearl City (12-0)
2A -- No. 2 Maroa-Forsyth (12-0) at No. 1 Decatur St. Teresa (12-0)
3A -- No. 2 Carlinville (12-0) at No. 1 Monticello (12-0)
3A -- No. 1 Byron (12-0) at No. 15 Herscher (8-4)

Milford/Cissna Park football team wins 8-man league state title

MONMOUTH — Milford/Cissna Park defeated Alden-Hebron 66-14 on Friday in the 8-Man Football Association tital game.

The inaugural 8-man playoffs featured four teams.

The Bearcats produced 525 total yards of offense, including 507 on the ground, while their defense yielded only 91 yards and forced four turnovers, including three interceptions.

The Great Rostradamus: GCMS football at Eastland-Pearl City

Last Saturday was a challenge.

GCMS football to face Eastland-Pearl City at Lanark in state semifinals at 2 p.m. Saturday

LANARK -- The Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley High School football team is playing in the IHSA Class 2A state semifinals for the second year in a row.
The Falcons earned their trip to the final four by beating a familiar opponent in Sterling Newman Central Catholic -- whom GCMS also beat 14-8 in last year's state semifinals en route to its state championship -- via 27-12

GCMS football defeats Sterling Newman Central Catholic 27-12 in IHSA Class 2A quarterfinal playoff game

STERLING -- An interception return for a touchdown by Austin Spiller with less than two minutes remaining stopped a late Sterling Newman drive and sealed a 27-12 road victory for Gibson-City-Melvin-Sibley on Saturday night in a Class 2A quarterfinal game at Roscoe Eades Stadium.
"The defense played outstanding all game," GCMS coach Mike Allen said.

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