IVC Football: First Mid-State 6 Conference game vs. Richwoods

Justin Miller
IVC football preview

After stringing together two wins in a row, the Illinois Valley Central football team is ready to open its first season in the Mid-State 6 Friday when Peoria Richwoods comes to Chillicothe.

“I think the team is ready,” coach Tim Heinz said. “We’ve had good practices this week and they know that Richwoods is a good team. We don’t really talk about winning or losing in practice. We talk about going out and playing hard and making sure our assignments are taken care of. The other things take care of themselves.”

The Ghosts opened the season with an 18-13 loss to Dunlap at home.

The team then welcomed Limestone to Taylor field and beat them, 40-21, before beating Kankakee on the road, 31-15, Sept. 9.

Running backs Jake Innis and Tommy Jenkins will need to help the Ghosts control time of play by keeping the running game a viable option.

“We need to execute and we are going to run our offense and try to get our guys the ball in space so they can make some plays,” Heinz said.

Sherrarr Tate, who suffered an ankle injury in last week’s game, is expected to play Friday.

“On defense, they run a 5-2 but they can manipulate that and go into a 4-4 if they need to,” Heinz said. “They have good athletes and are really talented at all the skill positions.”

Defensive backs Konnor Smithson and Nolan Seiler will need to keep pressure on the talented Richwoods wideouts to keep from being burned through the air.

“Offensively, they are a lot like us,” Heinz said. “They are primarily a running team that throws a lot of play option passes. They have two very good running backs and a great tight end that they like to get the ball to.”

The team (2-1) plays at 7 p.m. Friday at home.

“They are going to try to run the football and control the clock,” Heinz said “We need to control the line of scrimmage and not let them do that.”