IVC football falls to Prairie Central in final game

Justin Miller

The Illinois Valley Central football team finished a 2-7 season with a 47-9 loss to Prairie Central at home.

"Obviously we didn't play well," coach Tim Heinz said. "They were a good team and we had a lot of young kids playing for various reasons. I thought our kids played hard, but we didn't play well enough overall."

The team jumped on the board first when Kyle Fouts blasted through the line for 77-yards to put the Ghosts on the opposing goal line.

After being unable to punch the ball in, Ben Rashid put the Ghosts up, 3-0, on a 22-yard field goal.

From there, Prairie Central took a 34-3 lead by the end of the opening quarter with scores on a 74-yard pass, a 16-yard pass, a 46-yard run , a 29-yard pass and a 31-yard pass.

The opposition scored twice more in the second quarter on a 30-yard run and a 35-yard pass.

"Obviously, this season wasn't what we expected," Heinz said. "It was what it was and we will move on into the offseason and hope to improve next year."

IVC reached the end zone one more time on a two-yard run from Fouts.

Before the game, the senior class of wide receiver and cornerback Taylor Beck, wide receiver and cornerback Mikey Matthews, tight end and defensive end Konner Smithson, running back and corner back Coty Schneider, guard Kyle Walden, guard Hunter Tisch, center Jordan Waller, tackle Evan Otto, tackle Calvin Campbell and wide receiver and free safety Cole Daly were honored.

"We had five seniors get hurt by the end, but they led pretty well for us for the year we had," Heinz said.

The team will now begin preparing to redeem itself in 2013.

"They need to live in the weightroom," Heinz said. "We have a lot of guys play multiple sports, but in between that, they need to be in weight room. They have to hit it hard, take it seriously and get after it for us to be successful next year."