Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Coleman, Session Put on Clinic as Flyers Throttle Collinsville 45-13

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Coleman, Session Put on Clinic as Flyers Throttle Collinsville 45-13

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Reginald Coleman and Rodney Session put their speed on display Friday at Clyde C. Jordan Stadium in East St. Louis, burning Collinsville for three touchdowns apiece in East St. Louis' 45-13 football victory.

Coleman, a senior, hadn't scored all season until the Kahoks came to town. But he started the Flyers (7-2) on their way to a 39-13 halftime lead when he blazed 66 yards for the game's first touchdown. He also scored on runs of 16 and 19 yards.

Session, a junior, scored on an 81-yard dash in the second quarter and closed the first-half scoring on a 61-yard pass play from Lawaun Powell. Session added a 16-yard scoring run in the final quarter.

The victory closed East St. Louis' regular season. The Flyers, assured of a playoff berth, will learn about their opponent for next Saturday's first round when pairings are announced tonight by the Illinois High School Association.

Belleville East 35, Granite City 0: Belleville East had Mike Dori at quarterback, a strong defense and a productive special-teams unit. That should explain how the Lancers (7-2 overall) managed to pound Granite City (0-9, 0-5) at Belleville Township Stadium to wrap up a 5-0 Southwestern Conference season.

Dori scored twice on runs and hit Lance Johnson with a 12-yard TD pass. In the third quarter, Joe Ballard returned an interception 63 yards for one East score and Dishi Keaton returned a punt 58 yards for another.

Dupo 27, Chester 8: Dupo (7-2) also tuned up for the Illinois playoffs with a non-conference triumph over visiting Chester. Quarterback Schooner Fitzgerald ran for one touchdown and threw for another.

Mater Dei 21, Freeburg 10: Mater Dei (7-2) slid into the postseason picture with an upset victory on its home field in Breese. Nathan Kreke provided the best omen for the Knights when he returned the opening kickoff 90 yards for a touchdown. Freeburg (7-2) already had a spot in the playoffs.

Bethalto 42, Triad 7: Quarterback Mike Linton led Bethalto (7-2) to a playoff berth as he scored once, hit Dustin Hardin with a 55-yard touchdown pass and kicked six extra points. …

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