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|Galesburg Awaits Balanced Rock Island
|POSTED 11:49 a-m 9/24/9 Rock Island comes in to Van Dyke Field trying to ruin Galesburg's homecoming game while the Silver Streaks will try to wake up a previously potent offense.
The Rocks have dominated Galesburg since 1992, winning 16 of the 17 meetings between the schools during that time, including five straight. The Rocks have outscored the Streaks 69-13 in the last three meetings. Galesburg lost at Rock Island 21-0 last season. The Rocks went on to finish with an 11-1 record, losing to Providence in the Class 6-A state semifinals.
Rock Island is ranked #6 in 6-A and has won three straight games in convincing fashion. The Rocks were shut out 32-0 in their season opener at home by Oak Park Fenwick (1-3). But since then, Vic Boblett's crew has outscored the opposition 88-26.
Galesburg (2-2, 0-1) is trying to get its offense back in gear. The Streaks averaged over 37 points during the first three games of the season. But Rock Island Alleman, state-ranked in Class 4-A, blanked Galesburg 7-0 last Friday night at Augustana College. The Pioneers held All-Conference quarterback Andrew Steck to 11 yards on eight carries and limited the Streaks rushing attack to 121 yards. Galesburg's defense played well, surrendering a short-field rushing touchdown and only 138 total yards of offense in the loss to Alleman.
Rock Island defeated United Township (0-4, 0-1) 41-14. The Rocks showed they could throw the football. Quarterback Chris Suhr completed 6-of-9 passes in the first half for 163 yards and a TD. The rushing attack, led by Chris Glover and Matt Johnson, rolled up 258 yards - 200 of those in the second half against the Panthers. The Rocks ran for 316 yards in their 33-12 road win at Bloom the previous week.
Rocky beat Galesburg 21-0 last season despite committing five turnovers. Galesburg's defense has forced five turnovers so far this season - three fumbles and two interceptions - while the offense has committed eight, in the form of five fumbles and three interceptions.
The Streaks defensive numbers are solid. Galesburg is giving up just under 213 yards per game, which includes 129 yards on the ground. GHS offensively is averaging 296 yards per contest - 246 on the ground. Fullback Caleb Ollman leads the team in yardage with 285. Slot back Robert Jackson is next with 278 yards and four touchdowns. Steck leads the team with five rushing touchdowns and two passing scores.
Friday night's game begins at 7:30. Pregame coverage starts at 7:06 on WGIL AM 1400.