IVC football falls at Peoria High School

Justin Miller

In the second to last game of the season, the Illinois Valley Central football team was shut out at Peoria Central, 49-0, on a rainy and dreary Saturday.

"The kids we had out there played hard, they were just overmatched," coach Tim Heinz said. "They pretty much dominated us on both sides of the ball. We just have a lot of young kids playing for us."

Not only was the team defeated by a large margin, the Ghosts lost Kelley Noetzol, Hunter Tisch and Calvin Campbell for the final game due to injuries.

In the opening quarter, Peoria jumped on the Ghosts with 28 points and scores coming off an eight-yard pass, a 12-yard run, a 55-yard pass and an 11-yard run.

The second quarter saw the team score on IVC with a 35-yard interception return and a nine-yard run.

Peoria scored the final touchdown in the fourth quarter on a 24-yard run.

Kyle Fouts was the leading Ghost rusher with 29-yards as the offense was stifled by a tough Peoria defense.

Despite having a young team cost the Ghosts in terms of experience this season, their amount of playing time should bode well for future seasons.

"Unfortunately when you have a lot of young kids playing, you are going to have games like this," Heinz said. "We just want to get playing better for next week than we did this week. We want to get some good reps in and get good momentum going for the offseason."

"I thought we played hard," Heinz said. "We just didn't run many plays on offense and on defense we did not tackle well. They were just a more physical team than us."

The team next plays at 7:30 p.m Friday at home against Prairie Central.

"We are going to be working on fundamentals and figure out what we are going to do position wise," Heinz said. "Due to the injuries, we have to figure out who can play where. After that, we just have to work on our game plan for the week."