Plans for the upcoming football season for Galesburg High School are moving along, even though the teacher’s strike is continuing into a second week. The Silver Streaks will make their debut in a scrimmage to be held this Saturday afternoon from 1-to-3 at Knosher Bowl at Knox College. The GHS sports boosters have taken charge of the event, which was originally scheduled for tomorrow night at GHS. The combination of ongoing construction and the teacher’s strike have forced the change of date, time, and location. The Galesburg “12th Man” barbeque fundraiser will still be held, so tickets purchased will be honored at the scrimmage.
Meanwhile, GHS athletic director Ralph Henning sent out information from the IHSA that indicates there is still a good chance the Silver Streaks football opener with Moline may still take place. According to IHSA rules, the game could still be played if a settlement to the strike is reached by midnight next Thursday, August 28th, provided students were in attendance the following day. The only exception to that would be if Moline signs a contract to play another opponent. Moline has that right, and could exercise the option on Monday. If that happens, Galesburg would be forced to forfeit. Moline’s game with another opponent would not count as a win or loss for the Maroons. At this point, it appears Moline is leaning towards holding out for the Galesburg matchup, as their head coach Matt Woods told a group in the Quad Cities last night “obviously we want to play them…and we think they’ll get everything taken care of.”
The annual Gatorade scrimmage for the Monmouth-Roseville Titans football team will be held Saturday evening at Sunnylane Field in Monmouth. The Freshman and JV players will begin at 5:30, with the varsity beginning at 6:35. Admission is one bottle of gatorade.