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Local Sports 9/19/14

WGIL Newsroom 176

The new Van Dyke Stadium in Galesburg will play host to its’ second varsity football game tonight, as the Silver Streaks will play the Peoria Richwoods Knights. Richwoods comes in with a record of 2-1, but is having to replace its’ starting center Cole Brown, who has been out all week with serious blood clots. His father–head coach Roland Brown–has also been out to tend to his son, so the team is being directed by assistant coach Dave Webb. Richwoods features a strong running game led by fullback Kioentre’ O’neal. Galesburg is also 2-and-1, coming off of last week’s 41-0 rout of United Township. Head Coach Tim Dougherty says you have to block and tackle well to beat Richwoods.

“Up front, I think we’ll match up well,” Dougherty said.  “If you beat Richwoods, you match ‘em up front, because I’ve seen Richwoods football since 1982, and if you don’t match it up front, it’s going to be a long night.”

Two weeks ago, the Silver Streaks fell at home to Alleman, and coach Dougherty feels his team will be a little more focused than it was then.

“Good football teams can literally go anywhere and play anybody on any field,” Doughtery said.  “I really feel that’s the group of kids we have, getting acclimated to the surroundings.”

Broadcast time for Silver Streaks football is 7:06 tonight here on WGIL.

The fine tuning has continued at the new football stadium, and Galesburg athletic director Ralph Henning told us this morning that there are some improvements over the first game two weeks ago.

“It’ll be spruced up a little bit more,” Henning said.  “We were just amazed at how well things fell together, not knowing that we were going to play there until about 4:00 on Wednesday afternoon, and still having plans, maybe having to scramble and play at Knoxville or someplace else.  I think it’ll be a beautiful night for football.  They actually readjusted the lights, so people who were here last [game], they’re thinking ‘weren’t those lights really good?’  The truth was, they’re really good, but now they’re really even better.”

Work continues on the new fieldhouse as well, and there are hopes that an official grand-opening and open house can be help on homecoming weekend, October 3rd.


Other games in the Western Big-6 and Midstate Conferences tonight include:
United Township at Rock Island
Quincy at Peoria Manual
Alleman at Moline
Peoria High at Peoria Notre Dame

All of the area small-school football teams are playing on the road tonight, including:

Abingdon/Avon at Rushville/Industry
Knoxville at Farmington
United at West Central
Mid-County at Mercer County
Monmouth-Roseville at Macomb
North Fulton at Lewistown



South Fulton d. Knoxville
Illini Bluffs d. Williamsfield
Farmington d. B-PC
Princeville d. West Central
Rushville d. A/A


Galesburg d. East Moline (25) Wetherbee -1

Galesburg d. Alleman (29) Koehler +1