Roxana had home field advantage when it faced off against Hillsboro two games ago, but the team wasn't able to capitalize. No surprise then that heading on the road didn't bring a better result. Roxana was close but not close enough as it fell 27 - 24 to Gillespie. The outcome was a definite jolt of excitement for Roxana after its previous game, where the margin was anything but close.
Gillespie's offense came in ready to rumble, picking up 21 points in the first half. That put it at a 21 - 16 advantage. This initial advantage was enough to carry it through the second half despite the team only scoring an additional six points.
Despite Roxana's defeat, the squad still enjoyed a top-notch performance from senior Joey Johnson, who ran for 138 yards and also punched in three touchdowns. Additional support came from David Pluester, a defensive powerhouse who racked up 12 tackles.
Gillespie's win is its first of the season and lifts it to 1-3. The defeat makes it one more game for Roxana (0-4) without a win.
Good luck to both teams in their upcoming games! Roxana will face off against Carlinville Friday at 7:00 PM. This will be Roxana's most challenging opponent yet. Meanwhile, Gillespie will battle it out against Hillsboro on Friday at 7:00 PM.
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