IVC football stomps Limestone for first win

Justin Miller
Sherrarr Tate prepares to take the snap from center Reece Smith against Limestone.

After opening the season with a loss to Dunlap, the Illinois Valley Central football team crushed Limestone, 40-21, Friday at Taylor Field.

“I thought we executed pretty well,” coach Tim Heinz said. “We had some guys running in and out because of the heat but I thought our offense did a great job with the ball.”

After Limestone did nothing with the ball to start the game, the Ghosts took possession and quickly took control of the game.

Thanks to bruising runs from Jake Innis, and a 24-yard pass from Sherrarr Tate to Jeremy Brown, the team found itself on the Limestone goal line.

Following a two-yard run from Jesse Hall, Innis blasted 8 yards for the touchdown.

Innis led the team with 105 rushing yards.

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

Limestone then drove down field with long runs and help from a 15-yard pass interference call.

From two yards out, the Rockets blasted into the end zone and, after the PAT, tied the game at seven.

Cody Schneider took the kickoff and weaved his way through the first line of Limestone defenders before turning on the afterburners and blasting his way 80-yards for a kickoff return touchdown.

IVC was up, 14-7, after the PAT.

On the ensuing Rocket drive, Tate jumped a route from the Rockets and snatched an interception.

“I thought we did a pretty good job on defense,” Heinz said. “We controlled their run game pretty well, which is something we prepared for. We have to close games out better though.”

IVC went on to fumble and Limestone recovered.

Limestone’s drive quickly ended when the Rockets fumbled and Innis made a heads-up grab to recover for IVC.

On the first play from scrimmage, Innis burst through the Limestone line to power his way 44 yards for a touchdown.

IVC was up, 21-7, after the PAT.

After Limestone’s first drive of the second half ended in a turnover on downs, the Ghosts flew down field with a 37-yard run from Hall.

Several runs from Tommy Jenkins put the Ghosts at Limestone’s five-yard line when Tate slipped his way past the Rocket defenders for the touchdown.

Following the missed PAT, IVC was up, 27-7.

“We continued to get better on our assignments on the offensive line and other areas,” Heinz said. “We have made improvements from last week and will continue to try to get better each week.”

The teams would trade possessions back and forth until, with time running low in the fourth quarter, Innis exploded 20 yards for a touchdown that, after the failed PAT, put IVC up, 33-15.

Limestone would do nothing with the ball and IVC had another opportunity to run time off the clock.

Innis, however, had other plans as he flung himself through the core of Limestone linebackers and down field for a 64-yard touchdown.

The PAT was good and IVC was up, 40-15.

Defensively, the team began to let up a little late in the game, giving the Rockets a chance to go on a drive.

Limestone scored a late touchdown but the Ghosts went on to win.

IVC next plays at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Kankakee.

“I think we need to just keep improving and see what we did right and keep doing that ,” Heinz said.”

The team last faced off against Kankakee in the 2009 playoffs when IVC fell at home.

This will also be the team’s first chance to see how the squad fares on the road.