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Peoria Richwoods at Peoria, IL
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Peoria Richwoods at Flinn Stadium
October 11, 2014
By MAT MIKESELLHerald-Whig Sports Writer
Bryce Unmisig wasn't allowing himself or the Quincy High School football team to be satisfied.
Quincy handled Moline 35-13 to claim at least a share of the Western Big Six championship for the first time since 1974 Friday night. But in the Flinn Stadium tunnel after the win, there wasn't any extra celebrating.
"We have to complete a task, and it's not yet completed." Unmisig said. "We're not content with a share. We want it all."
But a chance to clinch a share of the title was the only motivation needed.
"We've been waiting a long time for this," Quincy quarterback George Crickard IV said. "Last year with as great a year as we had, we just needed this one."
The Blue Devils scored two touchdowns 54 seconds into the second quarter to open a 21-0 lead . Two plays into the quarter Unmisig scored the first of his two touchdowns on a 2-yard run. Andrew Wilczynski fumbled on Moline's first play, and Quincy recovered at the 15-yard line. Unmisig ran in his second score two plays later from three yards out.
Quincy (5-2, 4-0 WB6) scored their fourth touchdown of the half on Crickard's 36-yard pass to Seth Holtschlag with just over a minute remaining. Crickard finished 3 for 4 with 85 yards and two touchdowns.
"We really just wanted to get everyone involved," Crickard said. "It helped keep their defense on their toes."
The 28 points were the most Quincy has scored in the first half against a WB6 opponent this season. It was the most points scored since beating United Township 37-14 on Aug. 29.
The Blue Devils had 130 rushing yards and two touchdowns in the first half. They finished with 234 rushing yards, and Unmisig totaled 129 yards on 16 carries with two touchdowns.
"That was big for our offensive line to come out tonight," Unmisig said. "We just followed our blocks the entire night."
Quincy opened the second half the same way it started the game, with a six-play, 74-yard scoring drive capped off by Brady Brockmiller's three-yard run. The Blue Devils first four plays of the drive were all on first down, and the only third down was on Brockmiller's score.
"Every week we want to punch them in the mouth with a score on the first drive," Crickard said. "We got off the ball and really drove and pushed."
Moline (1-6, 1-3 WB6) put together methodical scoring drives with a 15-play, 87-yard drive in the second quarter that was capped off by a Shaquon Davis four-yard run. The Maroons scored on their first drive in the second half on Wilczynski's eight-yard run to trim the Blue Devil lead to 35-13.
Moline totaled 323 offensive yards, but penalties and turnovers stalled drives.
None was bigger than defensive back Jacob Dean's interception of Moline quarterback Noah Mosher at the goal line in the fourth quarter.
"Big players make big plays," Dean said. "We have a great defense, really a great everything. We're a solid group."
Moline's ability to move the ball was a concern for Quincy coach Rick Little. He said he wants that fixed at Galesburg, where Quincy can clinch the WB6 title outright with a victory.
Little stressed not being content with just a share of the title after the victory.
"It's very easy to pat yourself on the back and get comfortable" Little said. "But we want more and those guys want more. We don't celebrate ties. We want to make sure we win it outright."
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