CAHOKIA -- Wayne Grant, Jr., threw a 48-yard touchdown pass and added a 10-yard scoring run in the final 11 minutes of the first half to help Cahokia pull away from Carbondale Friday night.

Grant, a 5-foot-11, 175-pound senior, rolled right on a first-and-goal from the Terrier 10 before deciding to take it himself. He lost a defender near the 10 and juked a second one near the 5 before scoring with 16.7 seconds to go in the half. Hayden Brown's kick put the Comanches up 35-12 at the break, and Cahokia went on to win its first South Seven Conference game of the season, 54-20.

"We didn't get off to a good start," Cahokia coach John Clay said after Carbondale's Jakeba Burleigh nearly took the opening kickoff back for a touchdown. "We made some plays on special teams and got our offense going."

Grant completed 15 of 25 passes for 260 yards, four touchdowns and two interceptions for Cahokia (3-2, 1-1 South Seven Conference). He also rushed for 41 yards and the touchdown on six carries.

Carbondale (1-4, 0-2 South Seven Conference) led 6-0 after Burleigh set his team up at the Cahokia 14-yard line after a 71-yard kickoff return. Kenan Abed scored the first points of the game on a 3-yard touchdown run, but Brian Kelley's extra-point attempt was blocked.

Cahokia answered with a 33-yard touchdown pass from Grant to Demarion Hinkle. The Comanches converted the extra-point attempt, but didn't pull away until the second quarter.

"We are a building program. Sometimes they get down and they don't get back up, but I don't know if it was our effort," Carbondale coach Bryan Lee said. "They've got a lot of good athletes, and they were able to take advantage of us. We've got a lot of guys that are young and inexperienced, and I thought, at least our kids didn't give up. We were playing hard the whole game."

Hinkle added a 17-yard touchdown catch in the first half and finished with 101 yards receiving on six receptions. Cortez Brown, Jr., added a 35-yard scoring play in the second half.

Carbondale didn't complete a pass in the second half and was held to 33 yards rushing on 23 attempts. 

"We were able to stop their running game, that's basically what it boiled down to," Clay said. "We knew if we could stop the run, good things happen for our defense. We had a problem with the run the last couple games, but we came in kind of focused on the run, and it worked out for us tonight."

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Todd Hefferman has covered SIU athletics since 2008. A University of Iowa grad, he is a member of the U.S. Basketball Writers Association and a Heisman Trophy voter.

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