By John Ring
Published September 29, 2022 in The Burg
GALESBURG - Nolan Carl’s 97-yard interception for a touchdown aside, it wasn't a very good Homecoming Game for the Galesburg Silver Streaks against Quincy on Friday night.
Carl’s Pick Six could have been a huge turning point in the game. Trailing Quincy 14-0 with under a minute to go in the second quarter, Carl, a senior outside linebacker, made the interception and was untouched going into the Blue Devil end zone. Sam Satisky’s extra point conversion was good and Galesburg trailed 14-7 and would be receiving the football to open the second half.
But Quincy flat-out dominated the second half and opened a huge 42-7 fourth quarter lead before a late Galesburg touchdown made the final 42-14.
The game started when Satisky’s kickoff was nearly fumbled to start the game. The Streaks swarmed on a botched catch in the rain and wind but came up empty. Blue Devil quarterback Bradyn Little, a 6’1” sophomore wunderkind, took Quincy down the field but he was intercepted in the shadow of the Streaks goal line by junior defensive back Markis Lewis.
Reprieved by Lewis’ pick, Streaks running back Amarie Richardson gained a first down on two carries and the Streaks looked to make a move but Galesburg QB Gino Williams, on a scramble, slipped on the wet turf and coughed up the football which was recovered by Quincy and one play later, a touchdown was scored to make it 7-0.
Williams, a 6’0” junior quarterback, was the backup to starter Tristan Legate. But after an injury to Legate, Williams, a run-first playmaker, has operated the Streak offense but at just 153 pounds he’s elusive but vulnerable.
After a three and out by the Streaks offense, Galesburg botched a punt and two plays later Quincy scored again. Little connected on a 25-yard pass and a two-yard TD run by Bryan Douglas (his first of four on the night) made the score 14-0 with 4:20 left in the first quarter.
The game then sank into a quagmire of rain and penalties by both teams, including holds, late hits and personal fouls. The calls were equally balanced against both teams but the air was taken out of the game and was stagnant until Carl’s electric interception.
Quincy Coach Rick Little must have had a fiery speech at halftime because Quincy came out on a mission in the second half, quickly took control of the game and it was a blowout by the fourth quarter.
Williams scored on a dynamic run play midway into the fourth quarter for the Streaks second touchdown of the night.
With the win, the Blue Devils improved to 4-1 on the season and the Streaks are now 1-4.