IVC falls to Hawks, 21-7

Drew Veskauf TimesNewspapers

Another Corn Belt Conference loss was added to the IVC varsity football team’s record. The Grey Ghosts traveled to Fairbury Friday and fell to the Hawks, 21-7, in week-four play.

“It didn’t roll our way too well Friday,” coach Tim Heinz said.

“We didn’t play really well and they did. We made too many mistakes on both sides of the ball.”

IVC defeated PC last year in the last regular season game, 41-13.

After the loss, IVC is 1-3 over all and 1-2 in the Corn Belt.

The Grey Ghosts attempted to mix things around with a fake punt in the first quarter, but the plan was halted and the Hawks received possession.

IVC was down 14-0 before the half-time buzzer sounded.

The lone IVC touchdown was scored halfway through the fourth off a 15-play drive to get on the Hawks 1-yard line. Senior Andy Culbertson charged in and got across the goal line.

Junior Jack Ressler kicked the extra point to make it 14-7.

With time on the clock, IVC had a successful onside kick and recovered but were called on offsides 

to negate the play. The ball only went 9 yards instead of the designated 10 when IVC came in contact with it.

“That was kind of our effort all night. We couldn’t execute and on all phases we couldn’t get through,” Heinz said.

The Hawks scored one more time before the game was over.

The Grey Ghosts will host Mahomet-Seymour Friday. The Bulldogs defeated Pontiac 41-14 in their week-four game. M-S is undefeated in the conference at 3-0.

“We’ve got to try and get better and keep working,” Heinz said.

“(M-S is) really, really good so it’ll be a tough test this weekend.”