Boys Varsity Football
Game Summaries & Headlines.
- Game Date
- Oct 7, 2016
- PIONEERS: 7
GALESBURG HIGH SCHOOL: 28
By Marc Nesseler, email@example.com
Updated Oct 7, 2016
GALESBURG -- The Alleman Pioneers have had a tough go of it this football season. If it is not playing stellar against tough competition yet coming up on the losing side, it is having to overcome one quarterback injury after another.
When sophomore quarterback Sam Mattecheck was guided to the sideline by the referee after taking a hard, helmet-to-helmet hit near the end of the first half, thoughts immediately were of senior Jack Fernandez, whose season came to an end last month after taking a hit that caused a concussion.
This time the news is not that bad. Alleman coach Todd Depoorter says that Mattecheck, who sat out the second half of Galesburg’s 28-7 Western Big 6 Conference win Friday night at VanDyke Field, should be able to return to action next Friday.
“The right call was made,” Depoorter said of not playing Mattecheck in the second half, with the Pioneers down just 14-7 at the time. “The referee checked him out and walked him off. We talked to Sam’s dad. We expect him back next week.”
It was Mattecheck’s play that had the Pioneers (1-6, 1-3 Big 6) within upset range of the 5-2, 3-1 Streaks.
On his first carry, midway through the second quarter, Mattecheck turned a keeper into a 38-yard gain to the Streaks’ 4-yard line. Three plays later, Brian Morrisey scored from the 2. That gave Alleman a 7-6 lead.
“He was doing a nice job on offense,” Depoorter said of the soph. “They were pinching their tackles hard.”
Galesburg came back in the second half to score two touchdowns to make it 22 unanswered points. The go-ahead TD came on a Jacob Ross sneak from the 1 with 4:13 left in the first half. Ross hit Fernando Diaz with a 41-yard TD pass and DeAndre Moren scored from the 3 to close out the Galesburg scoring.
The Streaks’ defense, though, is what caught Depoorter’s eye.
“They are big and physical,” the Alleman coach said of the Streaks. “They lead the Western Big 6 in defense and it showed tonight.”
Alleman turned to junior Luke Trondson for the signal-calling in the second half. Trondson connected on his first varsity pass for a 34-yarder to Morrisey, who stole the ball from two defenders. His last of three passes was intercepted by Diaz in the end zone.
“Luke did a nice job,” Depoorter said. “He did what we wanted him to do.”
Galesburg's defense was so tough that Mattecheck wound up as the Pioneers’ second-leading rusher with 41 yards. Morrisey finished with 51 yards on 17 carries.