BLOOMINGTON -- Homecoming wasn't a distraction. Neither was a persistent rain.
Central Catholic High School coach Bobby Moews just hopes a couple injuries suffered during Friday night's 56-7 victory over Eureka won't disrupt his No. 1-ranked Class 4A team in the next couple weeks.
The Saints enjoyed a Corn Belt Conference romp at Bill Hundman Memorial Field, building a 49-0 halftime advantage. But cornerback/halfback Brad Connor (ankle) and linebacker James Hinderks (neck) were hurt, with Hinderks leaving by ambulance late in the first half.
Central Catholic, which improved to 6-0 and 5-0 in the Corn Belt with its 25th consecutive regular-season victory, figures to need all available bodies the next two weeks. The Saints travel to Mahomet-Seymour (4-2) next week before an Oct. 16 home showdown against No. 2-ranked Rochester (6-0).
"This is like coming into the buzz saw of our season," said Saints senior Drew Talkington. "We always try to focus here. Practices get tougher, but we realize we have a job to do."
Shane Powe rushed for 97 yards and four touchdowns in one half of work Friday night. Quarterback Kevin Rollins also enjoyed a successful two quarters, completing 4 of 6 attempts for 71 yards.
Talkington grabbed an 8-yard touchdown pass from Rollins late in the first quarter to give the Saints a 28-0 lead. Jesse Heaton, moved from split end to flanker this week, caught two passes for 51 yards.
"I wanted to make sure we threw the ball tonight," said Moews. "We probably could have run all night and not had any problem, but our next two weeks we're certainly going to have to throw it. The only way to do that, and do it successfully, is in a ball game."
Rollins fumbled on Central's first possession, with Jordan Hodel recovering for Eureka (0-6, 0-5). But the Saints scored on their next seven possessions, starting with Powe's 47-yard run with 5:30 left in the first quarter. Oliver Moews made the first of eight conversion kicks.
Powe added TD runs of 3, 5 and 2 yards. Connor tacked on a 26-yard scoring run, in which he injured his ankle, while David Heitz's 2-yard TD run capped the first-half barrage.
The second half whizzed by thanks to a running clock. Eureka quarterback Christian Watson scored on a 65-yard run with 8:03 left in the third quarter. The Saints scored their final touchdown on Dalan Neal's 57-yard run on the first play of the fourth quarter.
"We told the kids at halftime they have to find out what playing with heart means," said Eureka coach Brian Johnson. "I thought they came out the second half firing. They're starting to find it. We made a couple big mistakes early that really put us down out of the gates. There wasn't a lot of fight in us in the first half."