Grey Ghosts hold Saints for win, 6-0
After a 20-0 shutout to Mahomet-Seymour Sept. 27, the IVC varsity football team forced a shutout of its own at Bloomington Central Catholic (3-2, 3-3) in a Corn Belt Conference battle.
It was the first time since 2005 for the Saints to be shutout.
“The kids played hard and we beat a pretty good team,” coach Tim Heinz said.
“We played really, really good on defense. It was good.”
The Grey Ghosts had a 6-0 win over the Saints Friday. Junior Jack Ressler posted the only points to the board after two field goals over the 20-yard range.
Ressler scored his first with 3:31 left in the second quarter from 32 yards out.
The second field goal came with 23 seconds left in the third quarter to make it 6-0.
To give IVC possession, the Saints had a penalty to push them to four-and-long and a fumble on the punt turned the ball over on their own 25-yard line.
The IVC defense was back at to allow just 51 yards rushing by the Saints and 68 yards passing.
“The biggest thing is that they’re doing their assignments and they play hard,” Heinz said.
The Grey Ghosts forced the Saints to punt four times throughout the game.
IVC senior Andy Culbertson led both teams in rushing with 110 yards on 25 attempts.
“The line was blocking all right to give (Culbertson) some places to run through,” Heinz said.
Sophomore Hayden Tisch was taking handoffs from sophomore quarterback Jordan Mercer for 11 yards on
Senior quarterback Noah Gould will be out for the remainder of the season due to hand injuries.
Mercer had 10 attempts rushing for two yards. IVC totaled 118.
“(Mercer) does OK, we’re working with him to get better and there’s certain things to do, but he did a nice job for us,” Heinz said.
Mercer threw six completions on 13 attempts for a total of 54 yards. Junior Noah Benson had one reception for 31 yards. Senior Andrew McMorrow took one for 17 and senior Trey Batey had one completion for four yards.
After the win, IVC’s record improved to 2-3 in the league and 2-4 overall.
The Grey Ghosts will host Eureka (0-5, 1-5) Friday for the Homecoming match of the year.
“They throw the ball a little bit. They have an athletic quarterback that likes to run,” Heinz said.