Cougars face stiff test in first round opponent

Doug Boock
Mid-County’s Jesse Humphrey follows blockers as he gains ground in Friday night’s win at United. Blocker helps spring Humphrey loose for a 66-yard jaunt that swung momentum Mid-County’s way in the second half.

For Galva players, it’s been a long time coming. Not since 1994 has a Galva squad reached the IHSA State Football Playoffs.

That all changed Friday night, when Mid-County – a co-op of Galva, ROWVA and Williamsfield players – defeated United 14-13 and earned a berth in this year’s Class 3A tournament. They open play 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Decatur St. Teresa (7-2).

“They’re very good,” Cougars Coach Tom Buck said. “They’re not real big but they’re very fast and pretty quick. Their coach has been there a long time and they’re very fundamentally sound. They play in a good league.”

Coach Scott Davis – who’s racked up a 190-64 record in 24 years at the Bulldogs’ helm – has seen his troops’ two losses this year come to 8-1 state powers Tolono Unity (22-21) and Tuscola (17-14).

St. Teresa is somewhat like Mercer County in that it spreads the ball around to several players, operating out of a Pro Set I, with a deep tailback.

“They can throw it around but they’re pretty balanced,” Buck said. Several different players have led the team in rushing in various games this season.

Kickoff is 1:30 p.m. Saturday at St. Teresa High School, 2710 N. Water St., Decatur.