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TAYLORVILLE—Senior to senior connection. Quarterback Kamren Heimsness passes to his target Wide Receiver Jaden Mathon for the completion. Mathon finished the game with 2 catches for 15 yards in the Tornadoes 56-12 loss to Civic Memorial.
Breeze-Courier Sports Writer
TAYLORVILLE—In their final game of the 2021 football season the Taylorville Tornadoes faced off against the Civic Memorial Eagles. The non-conference matchup, taking place in Bethalto on Friday night, was chilly and calm but not for the Eagles who were rowdy and red hot taking command early and never relinquishing their hold on the Tornadoes.
Coming into the game off a huge loss for their last home game the Tornadoes hopped to cap off the disap- pointing 2021 season on a high note. Friday night’s game against the Civic Memorial Eagles was any- thing but that. Scoring twice within the first 3 min- utes Taylorville needed to make something happen before they dug themselves into a hole. It was the legs of senior quarterback Kamren Heimsness pounds
it past the line for the 1- yard run. The extra point was blocked but Taylorville was on the board with 6 to the Eagles 14. Heimsness finished his last game with 12 completions for 29 yards. It was a long game for all the Tornadoes in this one as the most excitement the fans felt was on a botched play. Junior run- ning back Seth Hughes scoops and scores a Taylorville fumble getting the team as close to a victo- ry as they were going to get in the game.
Going into the half down 42-12 didn’t look or feel right at all. Was this how this year’s season ended? Unfortunately yes.
The second half was more of the first half with the Eagles piling it on the Tornadoes scoring twice more in the third and fourth quarters. Taylorville did not have an answer for all the tricks in the home teams bag.The Taylorville Tornadoes 2021 season comes to a close with the fall to Civic Memorial end- ing in a 56-12 loss.
Positive takeaway from the game.
Freshman Baron Odam made his first varsity appearance at quarterback in Friday’s game. Throwing 7 passes and completing 4 for 36 yards picking up a few first downs. The young- ster tested his arm and threw a prayer to the end zone which was intercepted. The freshman looked sharp but still needs to develop a natural feel for the pace of the game. He looked com- fortable on the field and well which gives the team high hopes for the future.
Taylorville started the season with two wins but couldn’t find a way to get it done after that losing their last six games. The frustra- tion built up week by week and was never relived with a victory. Not the season anyone hoped for but all the players prepared and played their absolute hardest throughout the year but come up short. Taylorville’s regular season record finishes at 2-6. THANK YOU to all the players, coaches and fans that made up the 2021 season.