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|Streaks Trying to Halt Richwoods Dominance
|Galesburg will see an entirely different offensive approach Friday night when the Silver Streaks play their home opener against Peoria Richwoods.
The Streaks won an exciting 32-27 season-opening game at Dunlap last Friday. Galesburg piled up 227 yards on the ground and had another 86 through the air while holding the Eagles to 58 rushing yards. Dunlap had 230 total yards of offense while lining up exclusively in the shotgun and committed three turnovers. The Streaks had six fumbles and lost four of them.
Andrew Steck ran for 70 yards and two scores. The junior quarterback also threw a 64-yard touchdown pass to Nate Olin. Caleb Ollman scored for the Streaks on a 15 yard run and Drexler Blue recovered a blocked punt and ran it in for a score.
Richwoods, a belly option offensive team, had no trouble in its season opener against Pekin. The Knights led 21-0 after the first quarter and cruised to a 40-21 victory. Richwoods churned out 311 yards on the ground and the defense picked off three passes.
Tevin Hicks led the Richwoods ground game with 143 yards, including a 45 yard touchdown run. Nick Hines added 45 yards, 36 of those coming on a rushing TD. Quarterback Mike Davis scored on a 9 yard touchdown and threw a 20 yard scoring pass to Peter Cunningham in the game. Davis carried the ball 11 times for 54 yards.
Richwoods has won six straight games against Galesburg, including last season's 31-0 victory at Richwoods Stadium. The Silver Streaks are looking for their first victory against the Knights since 2002, when Galesburg won 13-12. Richwoods has won eight of the last 10 meetings and 12 of the last 14. Galesburg's other win during that stretch was a 19-14 triumph during the 1999 season.
The Knights have a new coach at the helm. Roland Brown, who's spent more than two decades with the program, was hired earlier this year to replace Dave Lang. Lang was the coach for one season before he was dismissed. Doug Simper led the program for 14 years (95-47 record, 10 playoff appearances) before retiring at the end of the 2007 season.
The kickoff at VanDyke Field is at 7:30. The Galesburg JFL, Churchill and Lombard football teams will be recognized as part of the festivities for the home-opener. Pregame coverage begins at 7:06 on WGIL AM 1400.