IVC football falls to Quincy Notre Dame, 51-7

Justin Miller

Illinois Valley Central's football woes continued Friday with a 51-7 home loss to Mid-State 6 rival Quincy Notre Dame.

"You never want to get beat that bad," coach Tim Heinz said. "Obviously, we have a lot of underclassmen playing. They are getting a lot of experience. Whether it is in a loss or a win, game experience is a good thing."

Two plays and less than two minutes into the game, the Raiders took the ball on an 89-yard run to take a 7-0 lead.

On the ensuing Ghost drive, things seemed to look up for the offense when quarterback Noah Gould hit wideout Coty Schneider for a 17-yard gain.

Despite another completion to Schneider and a good run by running back Blake Strebel, the Ghosts were unable to pick up another first down and were forced to punt back to Quincy.

The Raiders had no problem moving the ball down the field and completed a long drive with a three-yard touchdown run.

"We didn't tackle well and they are a better team than us," Heinz said. "Their linemen got off the ball really well and did a good job of blocking. We had guys in the right spots but we just didn't make tackles."

The Ghosts gave the ball back to Quincy on the next offensive play and the Raiders moved down the field to score on a two-yard run to go up, 21-0.

IVC still could not move the ball when they got it back and again sent the ball back to the dangerous Quincy offense on a punt.

"Our offense didn't play very well," Heinz said. "We turned the ball over too many times. They are a better team than us and we knew they would be. We were unable to execute our offense against their defense."

On a 21-yard run, the Raiders took a 28-0 lead near the end of the opening quarter.

The Raiders scored two touchdowns in the next quarter, one on a five-yard pass and one on a four-yard run, as well as a 20-yard field goal to take a 45-0 lead at halftime.

With the first possession of the second half, the Ghost offense showed some life and moved the ball with bruising runs from Kelley Noetzol and Strebel to make it into Raider territory.

From 18-yards out, Noetzol blew past Raider defenders to take the ball into the end zone.

After Ben Rashid's successful point-after-try, the Ghosts had the only seven points they would score.

Quincy scored once more, in the fourth quarter, on a 74-yard run.

Instead of taking the PAT, the Raider's elected to have their quarterback take a knee and the final score was set at 51-7.

"With a loss like that, you hope it motivates the team to work harder and see what it takes to get better," Heinz said. "We will take this game and work on getting better in the final games and then on into the offseason."

The Ghosts next play at 7 p.m. Friday at home against Peoria Notre Dame.

"They are similar to Quincy and like to run the ball," Heinz said. "They have tremendous athletes that can get the ball down the field and that worries me.

"We will take what we need to work on fundamentally from the last game into the week and try to get better."