By Tony Hooker
Week seven in Villa Grove football history is upon us. It was a tough week, as three of the five teams lost.
The Blue Devils crushed Unity 47-8 to remain in a first-place tie in the Okaw Conference. Rick Carr paced VG offensively, rushing for 166 yards and three scores on 14 carries. Carr also hit on six of eight passes for 56 yards, including a 13-yard touchdown strike to Steve Melton. Austin Rund was another hero for the Devil attack, rushing for 171 yards and three scores and tacked on four two-point conversions. Steve Reinhart intercepted a Rocket pass and he and Butch Donahoo each recovered fumbles to lead the way defensively. Carr was named VG News offensive back of the week, while Donahoo earned offensive line honors. Defensive back of the week was Steve Melton, while Paul Wilhelm picked up D Line honors.
Jousted by Knights
The Blue Devils playoff chances took a big hit when they were upset by the Arthur Knights, 25-12. Bob Reardon rushed for 87 yards, including a 64-yard TD scamper, and Ken Schwengel completed four passes to Brent Shunk for 119 yards and a 63-yard TD strike to pace the Devils offensively. Steve Waymire had eight solos and five assists, and Brian Willis added seven solo stops to four assisted tackles to lead the way defensively. Schwengel and Mike Mayes each had interceptions for Villa Grove.
Trampled by Riders
Aaron Johnson’s three-yard scoring plunge was the only highlight as Villa Grove suffered their first conference defeat, 24-8, at the hands of the Arcola Purple Riders. The real bright spot of the evening came when Pete and Linda Lake won a shiny new Chevy Cavalier during a half time drawing sponsored by the VG booster club.
Overrun by Warriors
Third string quarterback Bryce Reifsteck, subbing for injured QB’s Justin Carr and Jason Eversole, scored the lone touchdown for the Devils as they fell to Tuscola 34-8. Vinny Thomas had a pair of interceptions and Steve Tarter, Ryan Parsley, Rod Alexander and JR Wilcoxen each had 10 tackles to lead the defense.
VGHS raced out to a 31-6 halftime lead and never looked back as they defeated Cerro Gordo 58-18. Jesse Shrum had a pair of rushing TDs’ (2,8) and Eric Douglas threw TD tosses to Sean Cler (24 yards) and Caleb Palmer (ten yards) to help the cause. Jon Bretz scored on a 90-yard run, and Palmer added a 65-yard scamper of his own as VG used the big play to run away from CGHS. Cody Deppe scored from 25 yards out and freshman Austin Hubbart scored on a 23-yard jaunt for his first varsity touchdown, capping the VG scoring effort.