Prep game preview: Quincy High School at United Township

By Herald-Whig
Posted: Sep. 12, 2019 12:01 am

QHS at United Township

When: 7:30 p.m. Friday

Where: Soule Bowl, East Moline, Ill.

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

Radio: WTAD 930 AM

Last meeting: Sept. 14, 2018 -- QHS 63, UT 12. Jirehl Brock scored on a 57-yard run on the first play from scrimmage, breaking Malique Robbins' career rushing record in the process. The Blue Devils scored 42 points in the first quarter with two touchdowns rushing, two passing and two on returns. Brock had a 55-yard punt return for his second score, and he added a 58-yard touchdown run on the first play after United Township scored in the second quarter. He finished with 132 yards on just five carries.

Inside the matchup: The problem the Blue Devils have going into their WB6 opener is not knowing exactly what they are capable of doing. North Lawndale gave them no challenge in the lopsided Week 1 victory, and the offense sputtered last week in the loss at Alton.

Is this the week the Blue Devils finally showcase their attack?

Although he leads the team with five rushing touchdowns, senior wingback Adonte Crider has just 86 yards and is averaging 3.6 yards per carry. The Blue Devils have just 194 yards rushing total. They have been more apt to pass with Lucas Reis completing 18 of 30 passes for 184 yards and four touchdowns, but this offense isn't the juggernaut it had been.

The Panthers looked more like a team capable of that after last week's 40-14 victory at East Peoria that snapped an eight-game losing streak. UT rushed for 329 yards, getting 155 yards and a 66-yard scoring jaunt from Cayne Smith. The Panthers had four different players rush for TDs during a stretch in which they scored 34 straight points.

UT had just 155 total yards in a 19-14 loss to Davenport (Iowa) West in the season opener in which it turned the ball over twice and committed eight penalties. The Panthers rallied from a 13-0 halftime deficit to take a 14-13 lead with less than five minutes to play, only to see the Falcons rally on their final possession.

-- Matt Schuckman