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Now the quiet and privacy prevail. A modern bridge replaced the dam and even though the two rutted paths, once a major trail meet up top, a big mud hole seemed a portent of things to come so we turned back and, unlike Lewis and Clark, went into Polo for a piece of pie and a cup of coffee. It was, however, interesting to again think of the richness of the past of the place we live and the stories they have to tell.

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Missiles Continue to Roll

KEWANEE ­ The Milledgeville Missiles made themselves right at home on the road Saturday in the second round of the Class 1A football playoffs. Milledgeville scored two touchdowns in every quarter on its way to a convincing 54-20 win over Annawan-Wethersfield.

Milledgeville quarterback Kirk Engelkens rushed 14 times for 155 yards and five touchdowns in the Missiles' rout. Several Missiles joined Engelkens in contributing to the postseason win. Carrigan Hunter, Jake Workman and Greg Fredericks also found the endzone on the cold Saturday playoff matchup.

Workman rushed 17 times for 61 yards. Fredericks picked up 64 yards via four carries for the Missiles. Hunter rushed seven times for 53 yards in the Milledgeville victory.

The Missiles, under the guidance of head coach Gary Hartje, show little signs of slowing down in the postseason. Milledgeville is the frontrunner in Class A.

In the first quarter, it looked as if the game could have been a nip-and-tuck affair. But after toting a hard-fought 14-6 lead out of the opening quarter, then seeing the Trojans tie it up at 14-14, Milledgeville's stingy defense held AW scoreless until the very end of the game.

They put some distance between itself and Annawan Wethersfield in the second period, scoring 40 unanswered points. The Missiles outscored AW 14-6 in the second quarter on their way to a 28-14 halftime lead. Milledgeville owned the third quarter, outscoring the host team 14-0. The Missiles were strong from start to finish, scoring two more touchdowns in the final period.

Milledgeville will face Galena on the next stop of its postseason trip. Galena defeated Princeville 14-12 Saturday. During the regular-season, Milledgeville beat the Pirates in a Week 6 contest.

Missile Kurt Landis gets his hands on Titan QB Sean Walker (#2) during second half action in Kewanee. Kurt made the sack for a big loss as Milledgeville's stingy defense came up big all day. (PA photo/Craig Lang)

This black and orange Milledgeville Missile van was seen in the parking lot before the second round contest in Kewanee on Saturday afternoon. (PA photo/Craig Lang)

The Missiles Kirk Engelkens scrambles around the right end to score one of the Missiles touchdowns. Milledgeville scored early and often en route to the thirty-four point blowout win. (PA photo/Craig Lang)

A sea of black and orange cheering fans were present on the sidelines for Saturday afternoon's second round football game between the Milledgeville Missiles and the Annawan Wethersfield Titans. The Missiles advanced to the quarterfinals with the 54-20 victory. (PA photo/Craig Lang)

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