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The 2014 Carlinville High School varsity football team includes, front row, from left, Jacob Dixon, Ethan Suttles, Dylan Chism, Seth Egelhoff and Brady Egelhoff; middle row, Jared Gansz, Hayden Thompson, Michael Bolomey, Jake Hannig, R.J. Picotte, Cole Simons, Garet Gwillim, Devyn Fones, assistant coach John Reels, assistant coach Alan Cooper, head coach Chad Easterday, assistant coach Ken Garrison, assistant coach Michael Morrison, assistant coach Quinn Steiner, Broedy Long, Ryan Kleeman, Adam Walton, Brenden Devantier, Blake Richardson, Zach Simons, Tyler Gwillim and Ryan Bowman; back row, Ezekiel Gray, Jack Reiher, Matt Bolomey, Blake Roberts, Killian Mitchell, Dylan Rostentreter, Mitchell Bolomey, Aidan Groves, Zach Rogers, Nate Thompson, Kinney Myles, Joeb Easterday, Brady Jamieson, Max Chapman, Ben Rogers, Trevor Clardy, R.C. Kirk, Joe Bates, Jay Broom, Elijah Barber, Jessy Robinson, Chandler Seago and Konnor Emmons.

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The Cavalier Coaches

The Carlinville High School football coaching staff includes, from left, assistant coach Quinn Steiner, assistant coach Alan Cooper, head coach Chad Easterday, assistant coach Ken Garrison, assistant coach John Reels and assistant coach Michael Morrison.

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The 2014 Carlinville High School football captains are, front row, from left, Elijah Barber, Garet Gwillim and Max Chapman; back row, Kinney Myles, Ben Rogers and Joeb Easterday.

Weekly Football Awards
  Carlinville at Hillsboro

Country Financial/Gary Edwards
  Offensive Player of the Game

Joeb Easterday

  The Cubby Hole
Defensive Player of the Game

Broedy Long

Carlinville Football Club
Game Changer Award

Kinney Myles 

Saturday, October 11
Easterday sets passing record in CarlinvilleĀ’s win


HILLSBORO — Carlinville High School quarterback Joeb Easterday threw for two touchdowns and broke the school’s single-season passing mark Friday night as the Cavaliers qualified for the playoffs for the eighth straight season with a 42-13 South Central Conference victory over Hillsboro.

Easterday completed 17 of 21 passes (80.9 percent) for 231 yards with no interceptions. He broke Dane Fornero’s 1981 school record for passing yards of 1,090 in the first period when he completed an 83-yard score to Elijah Barber that gave Carlinville a 12-6 lead. Easterday now has 1,245 passing yards with two games remaining in the regular season.

Carlinville (6-1 overall and in the South Central) led 20-13 after one period and held Hillsboro (3-4) scoreless the rest of the way. The Cavaliers scored 22 unanswered points in the second half as Kinney Myles had rushing scores of 64 and 8 yards and Jacob Dixon also scored twice with TD runs of 13 and 2. Myles finished with 150 yards on 17 carries and Barber caught three passes for 105 yards.

Koby Lemon had a pair of rushing scores for Hillsboro.

Wednesday, October 1
Carlinville embraces blend of run, pass


By Dave Kane
Staff Writer

CARLINVILLE — The sun still comes up in the east and sets in the west. But something that seemed just as predictable — a run-heavy Carlinville High School football attack — isn’t such a certainty anymore.

“I think we’ve tried to evolve in order to maximize our potential,” said Carlinville coach Chad Easterday, who this season adopted a a new approach that still showcases premier senior running back Kinney Myles while incorporating the passing game like never before at Carlinville. “

Carlinville’s always been successful in the run game. But one of our missing components is just being more well-rounded.” Myles, who rushed for 1,684 yards and 18 touchdowns in 11 games last season, is at 722 yards and 15 touchdowns as the Cavaliers take a 4-1 record into Friday’s home game against South Central Conference rival Gillespie.

But he also grabbed a touchdown pass in Carlinville’s win over Pana two weeks ago. It’s one of 10 TD tosses by senior quarterback Joeb Easterday. But more revealing in the Cavaliers’ new offensive look is the fact Easterday, son of the head coach, has thrown for 988 yards.

A 1,000-yard passer at Carlinville? The 6-foot-5 senior left-hander is on the verge of uncharted territory.

“In the 20-plus years I’ve been here, I don’t ever remember a 1,000-yard passer,” said Tim Tarter, a Carlinville football statistician and historian.

“It’s fun to watch, but it’s hard to keep up with.”

Up-tempo approach

The Cavaliers light the fuse to their attack with an up-tempo, no-huddle approach. They usually come out in the pistol formation, similar to their old wing-T except Joeb Easterday takes the snap in a shotgun formation about 3 yards behind center.

The leading receivers have been sophomore slot man Jacob Dixon (19 catches, 305 yards) and senior split end Ben Rogers (15 catches, 171 yards). Joeb Easterday agreed with his coach about having the personnel to run a more diverse offensive attack.

“With this much skill on our football team, it’s hard not to do the things you excel at,” Joeb said. “I enjoy throwing the ball; that’s one of the perks of being a quarterback.

“The other thing is running our style allows our offense to go faster. The defenses look worn out a lot of times. We’re really enjoying it.”

Myles said he’s also enjoyed the new look. He might not get as many carries, but Myles said the increased emphasis on the pass keeps opposing defenses from keying on him as much as they did previously. “I like it; it’s really fun,” Myles said.

“It keeps the opposition off balance. We started it in training camp and we’ve gone from there.”

Dixon, who also plays outside linebacker and is a kick-return threat, grew up watching standout Carlinville running backs such as Brendan Stewart and Cory Farneti. But it’s exciting for the sophomore to be in the middle of a new approach.

“It’s been a blast,” Dixon said. “Everyone thinks of Carlinville as ground-and-pound. But we’re throwing it this year, too.

“Everyone thought we wouldn’t do as well passing as we do running. But we’ve proven them wrong.”

QB matures

Chad Easterday wasn’t surprised that Joeb embraced the new approach, but the quarterback — who became the varsity starter during his freshman year — always did what was asked.

“I’ll give him credit,” Chad said. “He was quarterback in the Stewart-Farneti years, when we might throw the ball five times over the span of three games. We just tried to impose our will on people.

“He bought into that, but he’s also bought into this. It’s a product of his maturity the last three years.”

The coach also cited the maturity of players such as Garet Gwillim, who rushed for 649 yards and 14 touchdowns last year. Gwillim hasn’t gotten as many carries this season, but the coach said the senior is completely on board with the changes.

“He’s had a great attitude about it; the whole team’s approach about it has been good,” Chad Easterday said. “It took an adjustment period for the kids to learn what was going on, but it’s kind of worked out.”

Contact Dave Kane: 788-1544,,

Tuesday, October 7
Class 3A State Rankings


Associated Press Class 3A Poll

1. St. Joseph-Ogden (12) (6-0) 120 1
2. Williamsville (6-0) 103 2
3. Wilmington (6-0) 98 3
4. Tolono Unity (5-1) 86 4

5. Elmwood-Brimfield (5-1) 63 7
6. Aurora Christian (4-2) 51 5
7. Leo (4-2) 38 9
8. Carlinville (5-1) 31 NR
9. Nashville (5-1) 27 6
(tie) Decatur St. Teresa (5-1) 27 NR

Others receiving votes: Mt. Carmel 7, Fairfield 3, Erie-Prophetstown 2, New Berlin-Franklin 1, Sullivan Okaw Valley 1, Robinson 1, Monticello 1. Class 3A Poll

1. 6-0 St. Joseph-Ogden 198 (12)
2. 6-0 Williamsville 184 (4)
3. 6-0 Wilmington 174 (3)
4. 5-1 Tolono Unity 133
5. 4-2 Aurora Christian 129 (2)
6. 5-1 Carlinville 95
7. 5-1 St. Teresa 45

8. 5-1 Nashville 44
9. 4-2 Mt. Carmel 38
10. 4-2 Chicago Leo 32

Others receiving votes: Peru St. Bede 23, New Berlin 21, Robinson 14, Sullivan/Okaw Valley 7, Monticello 6, Erie-Prophetstown 5, Byron 3, Fairfield 3, and North Boone 1