IVC Football: IVC Homecoming may be charm to get first Mid-State 6 win

Justin Miller
IVC football preview

One week after getting trounced by Richwoods at home, 49-28, the Illinois Valley Central football team is looking for its first Mid-State 6 win Friday when Manual comes to town for IVC Homecoming.

“We need to continue to execute on offense and limit the penalties and turnovers that we had against Richwoods,” coach Tim Heinz said.

The team started the season by losing a close game to Dunlap at home, 18-13, before beating Limestone at home, 40-21.

The Ghosts then took to the road and dominated Kankakee, 31-15.

Friday should see the return of quarterback Sherrarr Tate, who suffered a sprained ankle against Kankakee and was replaced by Jesse Hall at quarterback against Richwoods.

“He’s been good in practice,” Heinz said. “He’ll be back Friday.”

Running back Jake Innis, who went over 100-yards in last week’s game, will again be called upon to provide a spark on the ground and on kickoff returns.

“They are a 4-4 team and are very similar to us on defense,” Heinz said. “They have tremendous speed and play a lot of man-to-man to try and utilize that.”

The defensive line will need to shore up holes created by Rams’ offensive line to prevent breakout runs that plagued the Ghost defense last week.

“We have to be able to stop their run and make sure we get off the ball well,” Heinz said.

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

“They are a lot like Richwoods in that they run a pro-I and are primarily a base-option team,” Heinz said. “They have very good athletes and use a lot of bubble and screen passes to try to get the ball to them in space.”