The Ghosts are staring down another tough conference opponent this week, but they have their sights set on claiming sole possession of the top seed in the division.


The Ghosts are staring down another tough conference opponent this week, but they have their sights set on claiming sole possession of the top seed in the division.

The IVC varsity football team will take on Mendota Friday in what could very well be a showdown for the lead in the conference. Coincidentally, the game is the last regular-season game at home, and also Homecoming.

Mendota comes into the game with a 2-0 conference record and a 3-1 overall record, with their only loss coming at the hands of Aurora Christian.

IVC has not only been perfect in conference play (1-0) but they have an undefeated record (4-0).

Last week, IVC won their first conference game of the year as they beat the Spring Valley Hall Red Devils in a thrilling one-point victory.

“We work hard to get better,” head coach Tim Heinz said. “Last week was a test for us, and this week will be a test too. Mendota and Hall are usually at the top of the conference, so they’re tough games.”

After their win last week, the Grey Ghosts are ranked ninth in the state in 4A football.

IVC was not the only team that won in conference play last week. Their next two opponents, Mendota and Rock Falls, both won their games.

The Ghosts’ next two weeks will be a challenge as they can really open up quite a division lead if they go 2-0 over that time span.

Mendota is not going to let IVC get their second conference win without a fight.

The Trojans bring into Taylor Field a defense that has only given up more than 10 points in one of their games, which they still won.

The offense for the Trojans has had ups and downs, as they have had two high scoring weeks but also two weeks where they had trouble putting points up.

If IVC can effectively run the ball with senior halfbacks James Lauber and Jake Elias, then they could control the clock and make the Trojans have to capitalize on fewer offensive possessions.

“Our offensive and defensive lines need to control the line of scrimmage for us to be successful,” Heinz said.

The game is at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Taylor Field.