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Stuckey leads Triton Central to 58-0 win at Eastern (Pekin) in sectional opener

Triton Central quarterback Jace Stuckey ran for two touchdowns and threw three more to lead the Tigers to a 58-0 rout of Eastern (Pekin) Friday in the Class 2A, Sectional 39 opener.

Triton Central improved to 6-4 this season and will host Clarksville (3-7) for a sectional semifinal game this Friday at Mendenhall Field. A Tigers’ win would guarantee the sectional championship would be played in Fairland.

The other Sectional 39 semifinal pits Paoli (6-2) at Providence (5-5).

Triton Central scored twice in the first quarter Friday at winless Eastern (0-7) and added four second-quarter scores to break the game wide open.

Levi Dewey connected on a 35-yard field goal to start the scoring and Stuckey plunged into the end zone on a quarterback sneak to make it 10-0 with just under four minutes left in the quarter.

Running back Ray Crawford got in on the scoring early in the second quarter with a 14-yard run.

Stuckey’s second rushing touchdown came less than a minute later to make it 24-0.

The sophomore quarterback closed out the first-half scoring with a 41-yard strike to Crawford and a 35-yard scoring pass to Chase Chandler to give the Tigers a 37-0 halftime advantage.

Crawford pulled in a 64-yard touchdown pass from Stuckey in the third quarter; Brayden Wilkins added an interception return for a score; and freshman Chris Perkon added a 14-yard scoring run to set the final score.