On a post card perfect evening for high school football, the Richwoods Knights returned to their winning ways with a 42-7 win over Chillicothe IVC. In a game that was well officiated by a crew comprised of the various members of the renowned McDaniels family of Peoria, the Grey Ghosts hung in there for the the first half, but mistakes would seal their fate in the second.
Senior Jeremye Johnson of Richwoods had been somewhat quiet this year until the second half of last week’s loss to Alleman. He continued the upward trend this week by scoring three touchdowns overall. His 80 yard run in the first quarter and beautiful reception of an equally nice 33 yard touchdown pass from Max Berres in the second set the halftime score at 14-0. IVC had shown signs of moving the ball at times in the opening stanza, but the Knights stopped them when it counted.
Tyler Brown recovered an IVC fumble on the first play of the third quarter and Kendrick Foster then took it in from 23 yards out to increase the advantage to 21-0. After another fumble by IVC on the very next possession, Johnson scampered 53 yards for the score. The third straight fumble for the Ghosts was nabbed by Noah Cartwright who took it in from 35 yards out. Unbelievably, a fourth consecutive fumble by the Ghosts on the next possession resulted in a three yard Mo Washburn touchdown carry. These four fumbles by IVC allowed the Knights to score 28 points in just over six minutes of the third quarter. After the running clock was employed and the reserves were seeing some playing time, IVC scored early in the fourth quarter setting the final tally at 42-7 for Richwoods. On a more somber note, senior leader Mikail Davis was on crutches on the sidelines and it is hoped by all he will be able to return soon. This is particularly so given that the Knights have a conference showdown with Peoria Notre Dame next week.
Peoria Notre Dame also had a big conference game this week as they squared off against Quincy Notre Dame at Peoria Stadium. The Irish dominated the statistics and time of possession for most of the contest. With time drawing short, they held a 17-14 advantage and looked to be keeping their undefeated record intact. However, Nick Weiman and his teammates from Quincy showed their mettle by driving 80 yards in the last two minutes for a score and a 21-17 come from behind victory. Weiman had 138 yards rushing overall and QND showed a good passing attack as well. (www.wgem.com). They will host Central next Friday while Richwoods and the Irish meet in Peoria as the conference race heats up.