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|Galesburg Wants to Go Out a Winner Against Pekin
|Galesburg won't be in the playoffs again this season, but the Silver Streaks want to go out on a high note nonetheless, especially the seniors on the team.
Galesburg travels to Pekin for the season finale Friday night, a team the Streaks dismantled a year ago at Van Dyke Field 48-7 en route to a 5-4 season.
Pekin (2-6) snapped a five-game losing skid last week against winless Canton 35-6. The Dragons trailed 6-0 at the end of the first quarter but stormed back to score touchdowns with five different players to win their second game of the season. Pekin's other win was in week two, 41-27 against 1-7 Limestone. Both victories were in Mid-Illini Conference play. The Dragons, 1-8 a year ago, finished 2-5 in their conference this season under first-year head coach Doug Nutter.
Galesburg snapped a four-game losing streak last week, 26-14 against winless East Moline. GHS rushed for 298 yards as a team, led by Robert Jackson's 130 yards and three touchdowns. Quarterback Jared Carl also had a big night with 118 yards on the ground and a touchdown that stretched a six-point lead against the Panthers to 12 and secured the victory. GHS finished 1-4 in the Western Big Six.
Despite winning last week against Canton, Pekin fumbled the football four times and lost three of them. The Dragons had 218 yards rushing on 32 attempts, led by senior fullback Chris Trier's 92 yards that included a 35-yard touchdown run. Kyle Henderson added 56 yards on the ground and a 20-yard touchdown scamper. Pekin junior quarterback Beau Barnes completed 12 of 18 passes for 152 yards with no interceptions. Henderson was his favorite target with four receptions and 46 yards. Barnes, at 6'4", completed passes to six different receivers.
Galesburg and Pekin have played two common opponents: Dunlap and Peoria Richwoods. Galesburg beat the 5-3 Eagles in the season opener 32-27 at Dunlap. Pekin lost in their match-up 28-21. Richwoods escaped Van Dyke Field with a 34-31 victory against Galesburg. The Knights topped the Dragons in week one of the season 40-21.
Coverage of Friday night's season finale from Pekin begins at 7:06 on WGIL AM 1400. The kickoff is scheduled for 7:30.