Ghost football falls to Richwoods

Justin Miller
Jake Innis prepares to take off for the Grey Ghosts as they face Richwoods Friday.

After ripping off two wins, the Illinois Valley Central football team faltered in the opening game of Mid-State 6 by losing to Richwoods at home Friday, 49-28.

Richwoods, in the first meeting between the teams, took the ball to start the game and quickly moved the ball using breakout runs.

After making their way into IVC territory, the Knights capped the drive with a 12-yard run that, after the point-after-try, put Richwoods up, 7-0.

“We did OK on offense,” coach Tim Heinz said. “I thought we executed well, but we had several turnovers that we need to work on correcting for next week.”

IVC then took the ball and, despite several great runs from running back Jake Innis and quarterback Jesse Hall, was soon faced with third down and 15.

“Sherrarr Tate was a little sore so we decided to hold him out and not take any chances,” Heinz said about Tate’s sprained ankle. “He should be able to play this week though.”

Hall then stood tall in the pocket and delivered a 37-yard strike to running back Tommy Jenkins.

Three plays later, Jenkins again came up big for the Ghosts when he broke free for a 16-yard gain and IVC’s first touchdown.

The game was tied at seven after the PAT.

When Richwoods took the ball again, the Knights’ running game once again broke through the Ghost line of defense and moved the ball back to IVC territory.

Richwoods took a 14-7 lead when a Knight running back barreled into the end zone on a 2-yard touchdown run.

“I thought we were in the right spot defensively,” Heinz said. “I thought the kids played hard, we were just a little overmatched.”

Coty Schneider sparked the Ghost offense by returning the Richwoods kick to midfield.

The Ghosts, however, could not capitalize on Schneider’s return and the Knights picked off a pass and returned it to midfield.

The Richwoods offense yet again moved the ball downfield and, from 3-yards out, ran in to give the Knights a 21-7 lead.

Special teams again gave a boost to the Ghosts when Innis took the kickoff and dodged his way passed Knight defenders to midfield.

Innis put together several more impressive runs for the Ghosts, but the drive stalled when Hall was sacked on fourth and five deep in Richwoods territory.

Richwoods wasted no time striking again and quickly made the game 28-7 with a 72-yard touchdown strike.

The Ghost offense was quickly stalled and faced fourth down and 9 when Innis broke free of Knight defenders and turned on the afterburners to power 41-yards for the Ghosts’ second score.

After Hall’s PAT, IVC cut the score to 28-14.

Richwoods, however, could not be slowed and quickly cut its way through IVC’s defense again and capped the drive with a 9-yard touchdown to take a 35-14 lead.

Neither team would score again in the opening half.

In the second half, both teams traded possessions before Richwoods put together a scoring drive that put the Knights up, 42-14.

IVC would score twice more, once on a 15-yard run from Jenkins and once on a 14-yard pass to Seiler from Hall.

“I think we need to keep building our momentum and just get better this week,” Heinz said. “We are going to face two more

good running backs this week against Manual.”

The team plays at 7 p.m. Friday at home against Manual for IVC homecoming.

“We haven’t talked about the Mid-State 6 season, it’s been more about improving week to week and just getting better,” Heinz said. “The kids know the teams and they know what we have to do to have success.”