Grey Ghost football tames Lanphier Lions
The Illinois Valley Central football team started their second win streak of the season Friday when they took down Springfield Lanphier on the road, 42-28.
“We have to get two more wins to get into the playoffs, and we only have three games left,” coach Tim Heinz said. “We need to take care of business here in the final stretch.”
The Ghosts took the opening possession to start the game and running back Jared Lauber started the game with a six-yard burst.
The Ghosts faced fourth and nine early in the drive and failed to convert when Lauber gained a respectable five yards.
The Lions then took the ball and was faced with fourth and one.
Springfield decided to go for it and, despite a great tackle by Rick Perham, ran for the yard they needed.
The Lions continued to move the ball with quick runs and timely passes.
“We need to tackle better on defense so that other teams can’t rack up yards after the catch,” Heinz said.
Faced with another fourth and one, the Lions again converted on a short run.
After a nearly nine-minute drive, the Lions punched the ball in from the five yardline to take a 7-0 lead.
On the Ghosts’ ensuing drive, running back Dan Semtner racked up 10 yards on three carries before the quarter ended.
Quarterback Brock Adcock stood tall in the pocket on the first play of the second quarter and hit wideout Trever Black with a pass down the sideline for 48 yards and a touchdown.
“He’s played well the last two games and really all season,” Heinz said of Adcock. “He’s come into his own in our offense lately.”
After the point after try, the game was tied at seven.
The Ghost defense then shut down the Lions and got the ball back for Adcock and the offense.
Adcock then hit Black with a six yard pass, and Semtner helped push the ball downfield with overpowering runs.
Semtner ran the ball in from the six yardline to put the Ghosts up, 14-7.
On the Lions next drive, there was a fumble that DJ Hummer recovered to give the ball back to the Ghosts.
Adcock then capitalized on the Lions’ mistake by launching a 33 yard pass to Black that set the Ghosts up with first and goal.
Three plays later, Springfield Lanphier made an interception and ran it back 99 yards to tie the game at 14 at halftime.
The Lions took the ball to start the second half, but went three and out when Bill Allison charged their quarterback for a monster sack on third down.
Black took the ensuing punt and dodged his way past Lion defenders for a 37-yard touchdown return that put IVC up, 21-14.
“I thought our special teams played extremely well all night,” Heinz said.
Springfield then answered with a drive that put them in the endzone with a 32 yard run that tied the game at 21.
IVC then moved the ball deep into Lions’ territory, and scored on an eight-yard run from Semtner that put IVC up, 28-21.
IVC’s defense held strong for the rest of the game and kept the Lions from scoring.
IVC scored again on a 10 yard run from Semtner, and then a 43 yard run from Jake Innis.
The Ghosts next play at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Princeton and in two weeks will be at Taylor Field for homecoming.