Football team crushes Prairie Central

Justin Miller
Jake Innis takes on a Prairie Central defender for the Illinois Valley Central football team at home Friday.

The Illinois Valley Central football team is entering the playoffs on a five-game winning streak.

“The kids continued to believe in themselves and each other,” coach Tim Heinz said. “They played great and continued to improve down the stretch.”

The Ghosts took down Prairie Central Friday at home, 49-28, on Senior Night to earn a trip to the State playoffs.

“It’s a credit to the kids and how hard they worked to get  us into the playoffs,” Heinz said.

Before the game, seniors Brock Adcock, Trever Black, Blake Schultz, Bryan Pope, Jared Lauber, Brandon Earnest, Cody Bartholomew, Krisjan Callahan, Jarrod Teige, Dan Semtner, Cody Boswell, Jacob Jones, Ryan Davis, Bill Allison, DJ Hummer, Cam Wilmington, Rick Perham, Adam Otto, Dan Rudolph, Nic Dossett, Jordan Wiley and Tim Culbertson were honored for their commitment to the IVC football program.

“It’s been a big part of my life for my years at IVC,” Perham said. “It’s been something that I always look forward to every year.”

The Ghosts started the game on fire offensively and Semtner helped the Ghosts bull their way down the field, where he scored the game’s first touchdown.

“I think we’ve got quite a few weapons on offense, especially with a few different guys running the ball,” Perham said.

Perham then did his part on the other side of the ball by slamming through the Prairie Central line to keep the runners from racking up yards.

After the Ghosts got the ball back, Lauber fired through the Central defensive line to put the Ghosts up, 14-0.

“We got off the ball really well and everybody executed their assignments,” Heinz said. “We ran the ball well too.”

The defense then stepped up again and returned the ball back to the Ghost offense.

Semtner again proved why he is a force to be reckoned with by flying into the endzone to put the Ghosts up, 21-0, at the end of the first quarter.

To start the second quarter, tight end Jeremy Brown ran a flawless route and Adcock stood tall in the pocket and fired a touchdown strike to him.

The Ghost defense again took the field to return the ball to Adcock and the offense.

Adcock then found his favorite target, Black, and fired a laser-like pass that went for Adcock’s second touchdown of the quarter.

After another strong stand by the defense, the Ghosts again scored when running back Jake Innis took the ball and dodged his way past defenders to reach the endzone.

The Ghosts scored once more in the quarter, and then hung on to win.

The team will next play in their sixth-straight playoff game under Heinz.

“We need to keep our heads up and not get bogged down early on,” Perham said. “Last year, we got punched in the mouth to start the game so we need to not let that happen again.”

The Ghosts play at 1 p.m. Saturday at Herscher.

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