Expected heavy rains skirted the area and it turned into yet another beautiful Friday evening for football at the Soule Bowl as East Moline United Township hosted the surging Richwoods Knights. The visitors came to play as they improved their record to 4-2 with a 32-17 victory over the host Panthers.
While the Richwoods team rode the bus to the Quad Cities, they attacked via air mail in the opening quarter as Max Berres threw for touchdowns to Kiontre O'Neal and Steve Covington for a quick 12-0 lead. O'Neal left with injury later in the period. The Knights defense had the Panthers stymied until a turnover by the Knights enabled UT to kick a field goal early in the second to narrow the margin. Any hope for the Panthers fans was short lived, however, as Covington scored his second touchdown and Javeer Ross joined the fun with a long touchdown reception as well later in the quarter. UT wouldn't go away, though, and managed a late score to make it 26-10 in favor of Richwoods at the half.
The second half turned into somewhat of a back and forth struggle for each of the teams. After a scoreless third quarter, each got to the end zone once in the fourth stanza to set the final tally. So, now the Knights can celebrate the win and look forward to next Friday's big game against Central in the last home game of the regular season.
In other games, Central gave it a go down at Quincy before falling 37-14 while Notre Dame rolled over Moline. In the Mid Illini, Limestone, Metamora and Washington all stayed unbeaten in conference play and tied at the top of the standings with just three weeks left.