IVC Football: Heading to Quincy Notre Dame

Justin Miller
IVC football preview

A week after claiming their first Mid-State 6 win with a 56-26 stomping of Manual at home, the Illinois Valley Central Ghosts are looking to push the winning streak to two at conference foe Quincy Notre Dame Friday.

The team started the Mid-State 6 season with a 49-28 home loss to Peoria Richwoods Sept. 16.

To beat Quincy on the road, the team will need to once again win the turnover battle by snatching interceptions and scooping up fumbles.

“Offensively, they are pretty much an I-formation team,” coach Tim Heinz said. “They try to spread you out a bit but they are primarily a running team and have talented running backs.”

Quarterback Sherrarr Tate must use the same decision making skills he employed in the win over the Rams to decide whether scrambling or throwing passes to Jeremy Brown or Nolan Seiler will garner the Ghosts more yards.

“Defensively, they are very aggressive and very fast,” Heinz said. “It’s going to be a very physical game.”

Running backs Jake Innis and Tommy Jenkins will again be called upon to pound the ball down the field and churn out yards while controlling the time of play.

“We are going to have to execute and control the line of scrimmage,” Heinz said. “They have very good lines, both offensively and defensively, as well as several 300-pound tackles. We are going to have to be able to throw the ball to keep them on their toes as well as run well.”

If the Ghosts can fire on all cylinders, while eliminating turnovers and costly penalties, IVC could return to Chillicothe with the second conference win.

“Defensively, we are going to have to be as physical as they are,” Heinz said. “We may not be as big as they are but we are going to have to be quicker.”

The team plays at 7 p.m. Friday at Quincy Notre Dame.

“We have just been trying to get better and work on the stuff that we need to improve,” Heinz said. “We’ve been working on things that Quincy does well so we’ve had a lot of practice against downhill running and that kind of things.”