Ardis dominates game, Knights win, 28-0
The P.A. announcer sounded like a broken record Friday night at Peoria Stadium.
After almost every play, he said the same familiar name: “Danny Ardis.”
Ardis excelled on offense and defense to lead Richwoods to a 28-0 victory over Mid-State 6 Conference rival Woodruff.
Ardis, a senior tailback and linebacker, rushed for 151 yards and two touchdowns. He also had two interceptions, one of which he returned 17 yards for a touchdown.
He carried the ball 34 times (10 times on one drive late in the first half). Most of his carries were tough, physical runs right between the tackles.
When he was not scoring on offense, he was often the lead blocker for quarterback Michael Davis and running back Kody Grinslade, who scored on a 15-yard run in the fourth quarter.
On defense, he made several tackles and sealed off any open passing lanes.
After the game, Richwoods coach Dave Lang made sure Ardis was first in line as the teams lined up to shake hands.
With the victory, the Knights improved to 7-1 heading into the regular-season finale at La Salle-Peru (3-5).
Ardis had the huge game, but he was not the only big playmaker for the Knights.
With Richwoods leading, 7-0, late in the third quarter, Woodruff drove to the 27 yard line, but Josh Dehm and Lee Nelan made back-to-back tackles for losses of yardage that forced the Warriors to punt.
In the fourth quarter, after Knights kicker Matt Batton belted a long punt, Matt Ernst hustled the length of the field and downed the ball at the 2-yard line, which gave Woodruff difficult field position.
Batton averaged 46 yards per punt and nailed all three extra point attempts.
T.J. Cole partially blocked the Warriors punt and the Knights took over at the Woodruff 25-yard line.
After ardis fumbled, Peter Cunningham dove on the ball and recovered at the 1-yard line, which set up an Ardis touchdown on the next play.
The Knights scored 21 points in the fourth quarter. Their defense allowed just 82 total yards and only four Woodruff first downs.
Caleb Miller returned a punt 80 yards for a touchdown and added a five-yard touchdown run to lead Dunlap to a 28-18 win against Limestone Friday night.
It was the fourth straight win for Dunlap, which started the season 1-3.
The Eagles are now 5-3 going into their last regular season game. The Eagles host Rock Island Alleman (4-4) Friday at 7:30 with a playoff spot on the line.
Dunlap jumped to an early lead against Limestone. Cameron Tyler had a five-yard touchdown run and Logan Schrader hit Daniel Clements for a 15-yard touchdown pass in the first half. Limestone took an 18-14 lead in the second half, but the Eagles scored 14 points in the fourth quarter.
Irish fall to 2-6
Peoria Notre Dame lost, 48-0, to conference powerhouse Quincy Notre Dame Thursday night at Peoria Stadium. The Irish are 2-6 going into Friday’s game at Springfield Lanphier (0-8).