Football

TIME WILL TELL FOR ACES

MT. CARMEL – As is usually the case for the Mt. Carmel football team coming out of the annual Gator Bowl scrimmage, only time will tell. Time will tell if the ease in which the offense scored points carries over into the regular season. Time will tell if an offensive line with a new center and two new faces can come together to anchor the attack.

Now, all of a sudden, time will have to tell if a key skilled position injury will force the offense to retool, as it did so admirably last year following the off-season loss off Levi Laws and the opening-game season-ending injury to running back Sean D. Flickinger.

Junior Daxton Peach, last year’s top pass receiver and also a two-year starter on a defense loaded with returnees, suffered what appeared to be a knee injury late in Thursday’s pre-season scrimmage at Riverview Stadium.

With coaches from August 28 season-opening foe Harrisburg looking on, Peach was helped off the field, and was on crutches as he left the complex.

“It’s too early to tell something like that,” said veteran coach Darren Peach of the extent of the injury to his son. “The trainers and doctors will check him out and we’ll see what their prognosis is.”

Subsequent reports indicate Daxton Peach will undergo an MRI exam on Monday.

IHSA sets limits for live football contact during season

FROM PRESS RELEASE

BLOOMINGTON, Ill.- The Illinois High School Association (IHSA) Board of Directors met at its regularly scheduled meeting at the IHSA office in Bloomington on Monday, where the Board approved a joint recommendation from the IHSA Sports Medicine Advisory Committee and Football Advisory Committee to limit the number of hours and days each week that an IHSA member school football team is allowed to have full live contact during full-pad practices.

Crum waiting for the call

Tanner Crum is waiting for the phone to ring. So are his mother and father back home.

Crum, the former Mt. Carmel all-state selection and four year-starter at SIU, was not drafted in the NFL draft held over the weekend in Chicago. But, that doesn’t mean an NFL shot will not happen. As of Monday night, three teams were considering signing Crum as a free agent.

IHSA to consider football practice limitations

BLOOMINGTON, ILL. - The Illinois High School Association (IHSA) Board of Directors met at its regularly scheduled meeting at the IHSA office in Bloomington on Tuesday, where the Board discussed a pair of joint recommendations from the IHSA Sports Medicine Advisory Committee and IHSA Football Advisory Committee.

The recommendations are related to Policy 13 - Football Policies and would potentially limit the number of hours and days each week that an IHSA member school football team would be allowed to have full live contact during full-pad practices, in addition to eliminating more than one practice with full live contact when two full-pad practices occur in a single day.

“These steps represent the next logical evolution in optimizing the safety of student-athletes in the game of football,” said IHSA Executive Director Marty Hickman. “The IHSA Sports Medicine Advisory Committee and Football Advisory Committee have worked together to formulate these limitations over the past year. We appreciate their efforts, as well as the guidance provided by the NFHS Concussion Summit Task Force.”

Laws wins top football award

MT. CARMEL - Never mind that senior Levi Laws never played a down for the Mt. Carmel High School football team in 2014. His impact was still so profound that he was named the winner of the team’s most prestigious award, the Golden Helmet Award, at Sunday’s post-season awards banquet held at Parkview Christian Church. Golden Aces assistant coach Kevin Smith, who introduced the award which dates to the 1960s, told the gathering “if you can strive to be a player on the field that’s one thing, but you can also strive to be a man off the field.”

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