Prep football preview: QHS at Moline

Posted: Oct. 10, 2013 2:16 am Updated: Oct. 24, 2013 3:15 am

Herald-Whig Sports Writer


When: 7:30 p.m. Friday

Where: Browning Field, Moline, Ill.

Radio: WQCY 103.9 FM

Records: Quincy High School -- 4-2 (1-2 Western Big Six Conference). Moline -- 1-5 (1-2 WB6).

Coaches: QHS -- Rick Little (32-30 at QHS, seventh season). Moline -- Matt Woods (1-5 at Moline, first season).

Last meeting: Sept. 28, 2012 -- Moline 21, QHS 19. The Blue Devils pulled within two points midway through the fourth quarter on Conner Kelle's 80-yard touchdown pass to Seth Holtschlag, but Kelle's two-point conversion pass was incomplete. QHS got the ball back with a chance to win, but its drive stalled after crossing midfield. Kelle passed for 193 yards, as Moline limited QHS to 55 yards rushing on 32 carries. Moline's Marc Ashcraft rushed for 83 yards and passed for 68.

Injury report: Junior Jacob Dean, one of QHS's backup quarterbacks, broke two bones in his right arm in the fourth quarter of the Blue Devils' 37-14 win over Peoria Central. He's out for the season. Senior Matt Bilgri would go under center should starting quarterback George Crickard IV need to come out.

Road woes: The Blue Devils are 12-21 on the road during Little's tenure.

Toughing it out: Junior Donavin Ruths has been a positive factor in the Blue Devils' offense, even though he hasn't caught a pass. Ruths is the second tight end in QHS's double-tight, Wing-T formation that is its primary formation. He played a few weeks with a cast on his hand as he recovered from an injury.

"He's a tough kid who's going to play through it," Little said.

Little said Ruths got the cast removed Friday and now can become more of a factor in the receiving game.

"He's got tremendous hands," Little said.

Scouting Moline: Turnovers have plagued Moline. The Maroons have fumbled 27 times, losing 14, to go along with four interceptions. Moline's lone victory was a 35-32 Week 5 overtime triumph over United Township.

Senior Abe Driscal leads Moline with 473 yards on 95 carries, and junior Andy Wilczynski has 401 yards on 63 carries. Sophomore Quayshawn Wilson is just 5-of-27 passing for 79 yards. Moline hasn't scored more than 19 points in any of its losses.

"Moline is a team that scares me because they have great size," Little said. "They're 1-5, and I get that, but they do impress me from a physical (standpoint). They're always physical."


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