Grey Ghosts cut it close on the road

Drew Veskauf TimesNewspapers
IVC senior Andy Culbertson charges the line earlier this season. Culbertson accounted for one of IVC’s two touchdowns against Olympia Friday.

Another notch was added to the loss column for the IVC varsity football team after a 26-12 loss at Olympia High School.

After the loss, IVC’s record dropped to 2-6 overall and 2-5 in the Corn Belt Conference.

It was the last league game of the season.

“We competed well. I thought our kids played hard all year and it was pretty much what I expected (in the conference),” coach Time Heinz said.

The Spartans struck first with a 7-yard pass from quarterback Collin Miller to Triston Ballinger in the first quarter.

IVC countered with 

one of its own from a 24-yard rush by junior Luke Patty.

The Grey Ghosts put another TD in the endzone with a 3-yard rush by senior Andy Culbertson in the second quarter.

The kicking game was off for IVC against Olympia and both field goals missed their mark, but the Grey Ghost defense held Olympia heading into the half with a 12-6 lead.

The game was scoreless in the third and then Olympia hit hard in the fourth to post 20 points to the board off two TD passes and a 20-yard run from Miller.

“We knew (Miller) was good going in. They got back in the game by passing. Defensively and offensively we had penalties and more penalties and our assignments were off. We didn’t get much going into the second half,” Heinz said.

The Grey Ghosts will close out the regular season with one last home game in a non-conference match against Taylorville High School at 7 p.m. Friday.

“They’re good. They used to be in the Central 8 and now they’re in the Apollo, which is a good conference. They’re 7-1, so, they’ll be a handful for us,” Heinz said.

Senior night will take place for football along with cheer, poms, cross country and golf.