Adcock to return as quarterback after appendectomy last week



After going 9-0 in the regular season and winning the North Central Illinois Conference, the Illinois Valley Central Grey Ghosts are preparing to face their first opponent in the State playoffs, Kankakee-McNamara.


After going 9-0 in the regular season and winning the North Central Illinois Conference, the Illinois Valley Central Grey Ghosts are preparing to face their first opponent in the State playoffs, Kankakee-McNamara.

IVC, who was without junior starting quarterback Brock Adcock last week due to an emergency appendectomy, went with senior Cody Kentzel, but Adcock is expected to make a return for the playoffs.

“Brock is doing fine and we expect him to be able to play on Saturday,” coach Tim Heinz said.

The Ghosts started the season with wins over Monmouth, Peoria Notre Dame and Peoria Central.

Conference season opened with an underdog win over Mendota on the road, followed by home wins against Rock Falls, Kewanee and Princeton.

IVC closed the season with a road win against Spring Valley Hall and a home victory over Limestone.

After the regular season, the Ghosts were seeded first in the lower 4-A bracket of the State playoffs.

The team now prepare for an opponent who, unlike the nine in the regular season, is an unfamiliar face.

“We prepare the way we have all year,” Heinz said. “We look at the film to see what they like to do and where their strengths and weaknesses are and we go from there.”

Now that Adcock is back at quarterback and Kentzel back to running back, the Ghosts will try to use their talents as well as those of junior wideout Trever Black and senior running back Scott Hale to overcome a strong defense.

“They will be a physical team on both sides of the ball,” Heinz said. “We need to control the football on offense.”

Defensively, Kankakee uses a spread offense, much like that the Ghosts saw last week in Limestone.

“They have tremendous size on the line with good skill players,” Heinz said. “They like to run the football but are able to spread the field and pass the ball. The quarterback is a very good athlete.”

The defensive line of seniors Thomas Foley and John Hess and junior DJ Hummer will have to use all their strength to overcome an offensive line that is capable of creating large running holes.

They will also need to make sure the Kankakee quarterback does not burn by them with scrambles for large chunks of yards.

“We need to be able to hold up in the trenches with their big offensive line,” Heinz said.

Senior defensive backs Keegan Horack and Nick Brenner will need to play fast to cover a speedy wide receiver core that is known to make big plays.

While Kankakee poses a large test for the Ghosts, IVC has the defense to keep their points to a minimum and an offense that can run enough time off the clock and put up enough points to win.

The Ghosts (9-0) play at 1 p.m. Saturday at home.