Graham Johnston rushed for 139 yards and a touchdown on 18 carries and was 7-for-13 passing for 143 yards and a touchdown to lead the Jonathan Alder High School football team past host St. Charles 39-20 on Friday.

Quarterback Graham Johnston rushed for 139 yards and a touchdown on 18 carries and was 7-for-13 passing for 143 yards and a touchdown to lead the Jonathan Alder High School football team past host St. Charles 39-20 on Friday. Despite the loss, early projections have St. Charles earning a berth in the Division II, Region 7 playoffs for the first time since 2002.

The Pioneers finished the regular season 9-1 overall by dominating the line of scrimmage for 295 yards rushing and 438 total yards.

"We have a very good line that works well together," Jonathan Alder coach Steve Coate said. "They can run block, they can pass block and we have guys behind them that can run the ball, throw the ball and catch the ball."

Jourdan Wickliffe gave St. Charles a 7-0 lead with an 80-yard touchdown run on the second play from scrimmage. He finished with 223 yards on 15 carries and also added a 7-yard scoring run in the fourth quarter.

"We had trouble stopping (Wickliffe), but I bet everyone has had trouble with his speed," Coate said. "But we were able to answer and it looked like it would be a scoring-fest in the first half."

Austin Dehart rushed for 136 yards on 32 carries and helped the Pioneers answer with touchdown runs of 1 and 11 yards for a 13-7 lead with 10 minutes, 37 second left in the first half.

St. Charles followed with a 10-yard run by quarterback Joe Spahr with 9:31 left in the second quarter before Johnston rushed a for a 15-yard score and connected on a 49-yard touchdown pass to J.C. Artrip with 3:15 left in the half. The Pioneers scored 20 points in the second quarter to build a 27-14 edge.

"When you give up 27 points in the first half, it's always going to be tough," St. Charles coach Jeff Pharion said. "We knew how good Jonathan Alder was. They are well-coached and have good players who went out and executed well."

The Cardinals, who lost their fourth game in a row to fall to 5-4, came close to scoring at the end of the first half. They drove inside the Jonathan Alder 12-yard line before an unsportsmanlike-conduct penalty forced St. Charles to attempt a 42-yard field goal. J. Schroeder had his kick blocked by Wesley Fauver as time expired and the Pioneers never were threatened again until after the outcome was no longer in doubt.

Nick Smith added field goals in the second half of 21 and 35 yards for Jonathan Alder and Dehart added a 19-yard run with 24 seconds remaining in the game.

Spahr had 100 yards rushing on 15 carries and Schroeder caught six passes for 58 yards, but the Cardinals had 15 penalties for 161 yards.

Artrip had four receptions for the Pioneers for 104 yards.


JONATHAN ALDER 7 20 3 9 -- 39

ST. CHARLES 7 7 0 6 -- 20


SC--Wickliffe 80 run (Schrader kick)

JA--Dehart 11 run (Smith kick)

JA--Dehart 1 run (kick failed)

SC--Spahr 10 run (Schrader kick)

JA--Johnston 15 run (Smith kick)

JA--Artrip 49 pass from Johnston (Smith kick)

JA--Smith 21 FG

JA--Smith 35 FG

SC--Wickliffe 7 run (pass failed)

JA--Dehart 19 run (run failed)