Photo Gallery: Ironmen clinch Big 12 title in blowout win

The Ironmen earned a share of the Big 12 Conference title with their 41-13 victory over Champaign Centennial on Friday night.

The Ironmen advanced to 7-0 in conference play and can win the Big 12 title outright with a win Friday, October 25 when they take on Peoria High.

The Ironmen travel to Peoria Stadium for the 7 p.m. kick-off trying to repeat the success Normal West had against Peoria. Normal West handed the Peoria Lions their one conference loss this season with a 66-36 rout on Sept. 27.

Normal West also sits at 6-1 in the conference as they take on a 1-7 Urbana Tigers team. An Ironmen loss and a West Wildcat win this Friday night would result in a 3-way tie for the conference honors.


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  • Aidan Oliver puts the first points on the board with a quarterback keeper in the 1st quarter of NCHS’s 10/18 matchup against Champaign Centennial

  • Backup QB Chase Mackey (’22) was under center for the 2-point conversion completion to Oliver who lined-up at wideout the next play.

  • Senior DE Jaxon Creasey forced a fumble recovered by ILB Levi Smaling.

  • The turnover set up junior RB Ben Larson’s 1st quarter touchdown run. Larson (28) celebrates as his score is signaled.

  • Ryan Millmore (11) tacks on the point after to increase the score to 15-0 with 6:57 to play in the first quarter.

  • The Ironmen defense was able to hold Centennial scoreless the first half of the game.

  • Levi Smaling (44) and a host of Ironmen meet the Centennial ball carrier in the backfield for a tackle for a loss.

  • Sophomore DB Keewan Grismore (25) intercepts the Centennial pass to give the Ironmen the ball back on the Centennial 43 with 4 minutes left in the 1st quarter.

  • Grismore’s pick set up a 30 yard TD pass from Oliver to WR Dylan Tracy.

  • Down 21 – 0, the Ironmen defense stifled the Centennial run game.

  • Junior Jude Lowery attempts to block the Centennial punt in the final minute of the 1st quarter.

  • Aidan Oliver breaks a tackle on his 42 yard run to the endzone. The Ironmen lead 27-0 with 11:43 to play in the 2nd quarter.

  • Mayes Doggan (12) picks of the Champaign pass to give the ball back to the Ironmen on their own 45.

  • A 13 yard run from Oliver would be the final score of the half. The Ironmen lead 34-0 going into halftime over the Centennial Chargers.