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|Galesburg Doesn't Want to be the Team that U-T Snaps Long Losing Skid Against
|Galesburg won't be taking Friday night's opponent lightly as the Streaks try to win their final Western Big Six football game of the season and snap a four-game losing streak.
GHS meets United Township at the Soule Bowl, where Galesburg held on to beat the Panthers 28-27 two seasons ago and put an end to a five-game losing streak against U-T. The Silver Streaks also won last year's game at Van Dyke Field 27-12.
United Township comes in with an 0-7 record and a losing skid that dates back to the 2007 season. The Panthers have dropped 24 straight games, the 14th longest slide in IHSA football history.
Galesburg dropped its fourth consecutive game last week at home, 28-13 against Moline while U-T was shut out by Alleman 21-0. The Panthers are averaging a league-low 13.3 points per game and surrendering a league high 36 points per contest.
Despite the low offensive scoring average, the Panthers have been able to accumulate yardage between the 20 yard lines. U-T ran the ball 51 times against Moline for 199 yards and scored the first touchdown of the game when running back Devin Miller scored on a 39-yard scamper just four minutes into the contest. Miller wound up with 84 rushing yards on 10 attempts.
Alleman's stingy defense held U-T to 176 total yards of offense - 166 of those on the ground - and the Panthers committed two turnovers and six penalties to help seal their fate. Miller again led U-T in rushing with 64 yards on 11 carries. Seth Davis added 49 yards on the ground.
Galesburg has played most of the last three games without injured junior quarterback Andrew Steck, who suffered a high ankle sprain against Rock Island. Steck did come in for a couple of series last week against Moline and tossed a 36 yard touchdown pass to Justin Davidson at the end of the first half. Jared Carl is expected to get the start again Friday night for the Silver Streaks, which rushed for 244 yards against the Maroons. Both Robert Jackson and Caleb Ollman had over 100 yards on the ground and one touchdown each for Galesburg in the loss.
Ollman is the team's leading rusher with 550 yards. He's averaging about 6.5 yards per carry. Jackson is next with 461 yards and is picking up about 6.7 yards per carry.
Galesburg is meeting U-T for the 65th time. The Silver Steaks haven't fared well in the all-time series, posting a 19-38 record with seven ties. The Panthers won 14 of 15 games between 1992 and 2006.
Coverage of the game begins at 7:06 p-m on WGIL AM 1400.