Ghost football beats Tigers

Justin Miller
Illinois Valley Central wideout Cody Bartholomew lines up on offense for the Grey Ghosts.

The Illinois Valley Central football team began its final three game stretch with a dominating 41-8 victory at Princeton.

“We really executed well on both sides of the ball and both our offensive and defensive lines did a great job of controlling the line of scrimmage,” Heinz said.

The North Central Illinois Conference game started when running back Jake Innis ran the opening kickoff down to Princeton’s 30 yardline.

On their first offensive series, the Ghosts were faced with fourth and two when quarterback Brock Adcock’s pass fell incomplete.

The Ghosts, however, were able to pick up the first down on a holding  call against Princeton.

Two plays later, running back Dan Semtner ran the ball into the endzone from 13 yards out.

“Our offense did a great job,” Heinz said. “We ran the ball well and executed everything very smoothly.”

After the point-after-try, the Ghosts were up, 7-0.

Princeton’s offense was then forced to a three and out when the Ghost defense prevented them from gaining yards, and actually forced them to lose 10.

IVC again moved the ball effectively, using great runs from Semtner and Innis to move the ball to the Tigers’ 12 yardline.

On third and long, Adcock stood tall in the pocket and delivered a 12 yard strike to Innis for the game’s second touchdown.

The Ghosts were up, 14-0.

Two plays into the ensuing Tiger drive, the Ghost defense recovered a fumble that gave the offense the ball deep in Princeton territory.

One play later, Adcock found wideout Trever Black open downfield and launched him a 37-yard pass that set IVC up with first and goal at the Tiger four yardline.

“I think Brock has a lot of confidence in Trever,” Heinz said. “He’s thrown passes to other players but Trever seems to be his guy. He does a great job of working his way to get open and to catch the ball.”

After two runs of two yards each by Semtner, the Ghosts were up, 21-0 at the end of the first quarter.

After the defense forced a punt, a penalty backed the Ghost offense up with first and seventeen.

On first down, Adcock slipped out of the grip of pursuing Tigers and ran for an eight-yard gain.

After an incompletion, Adcock hit Semtner with a 12-yard pass to pick up the first down.

Innis and Semtner then picked up another first down on the ground before Innis burst through the hole created by the offensive line and flew in for a 35-yard touchdown run.

IVC missed the PAT but held a 27-0 lead.

Linebacker Jared Lauber flew all over the field on the Tigers’ next possession to keep them from putting a drive together at the end of the half.

“Our defensive line did a great job getting after the ball,” Heinz said.

The Tigers took the ball to start the second half.

Linebacker Cody Boswell, seeing an opportunity, leapt and picked off a pass from the Tiger quarterback to give the offense the ball.

Lauber and Innis helped to move the ball down the field for the Ghosts but IVC was unable to score and turned the ball over on a fourth down incompletion.

The defense then created another turnover by recovering a fumble.

Semtner took advantage of the Tiger defenders and dodged his way 34 yards to the endzone to put IVC up, 34-0.

IVC put in the second string to run the clock out.

“I though they did a good job going against Princeton’s first string at the end of the game,” Heinz said. “They got off the ball well and executed everything they were asked to.”

The Ghosts next play at 7:30 p.m. Friday at home against Spring Valley Hall on Homecoming night.

“Hall is going to be really physical and bring a lot of guys to the point of attack,” Heinz said. “They are really physical so we are going to have to be prepared and mix up our play calling on offense.”