Prep Football

Prep football preview: Quincy High School at United Township

By Herald-Whig
Posted: Oct. 12, 2017 12:12 pm

QHS at United Township

When: 7:30 p.m. Friday

Where: Soule Bowl, East Moline, Ill.

Records: QHS -- 4-3 (3-1 Western Big Six Conference). UT -- 1-6 (0-4 WB6).

Radio: None.

Last meeting: Oct. 14, 2016 -- QHS 49, United Township 0. The Blue Devils held the Panthers to minus-6 yards of total offense, scored three times on special teams and capped an undefeated run to their first outright WB6 title since 1974 with the victory at Flinn Stadium. United Township saw 18 of its 35 running plays go for negative yardage and finished with minus-28 yards rushing.

Scouting the Blue Devils: Early playoff projections are out, and Quincy is currently slated at the 10th seed in the southern bracket in Class 6A. Whether that holds or not, the Blue Devils can expect to be on the road for the playoff opener. First, they have to punch their ticket to the postseason.

There also is the conference title at stake, too.

The Blue Devils play the final road game of the regular season needing to beat the Panthers and have Rock Island Alleman knock off Moline to force a three-way tie for the championship. The Maroons' victory against the Blue Devils last week put them in position to win the title outright.

Quincy also needs to continue to make strides defensively. In last week's 35-32 loss to Moline, the Blue Devils allowed more than 340 yards of total offense. It was also the fourth time they had given up 24 or more points, including all three losses.

The Blue Devils are only plus-1 in turnover ratio and have only one defensive score. Last season, when Quincy won the WB6 outright and earned a first-round home playoff game, the Blue Devils were plus-6 in turnover ratio with one defensive touchdown and three special teams scores.

Scouting the Panthers: Following a 46-6 victory over Chicago Tech in the season opener, United Township has had its struggles defensively. The Panthers have allowed 35 or more points in each of the last five games and been outscored 179-34 in WB6 play.

The Panthers have been outgained by nearly 1,000 yards on the ground, and they've committed 15 turnovers.

Senior wide receiver Neicko Williams has been the Panthers' most reliable weapon, rushing for 227 yards, catching 26 passes for 423 yards and scoring seven touchdowns. Senior quarterback Bobby Neal has completed 58 of 113 passes for 674 yards with six touchdowns and four interceptions.

-- Matt Schuckman

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