MOUNT CARMEL, Ill. – The winningest football coach in the history of Mount Carmel High School is calling it a career.

Darren Peach, with 141 wins in 16 years at the helm of the Golden Aces, texted his announcement to local media sources on Tuesday evening. He wrote: “I retired from being head football coach. I have turned my letter in for next school board meeting and I told the kids today.”

MOUNT CARMEL, ILL. – School record yardage totals in football are not the only big numbers Trevor Kennard has put up at Mount Carmel High School. In fact, his power lifting numbers have been good enough to land a college scholarship. Kennard signed scholarship papers on Wednesday to attend McKendree University in Lebanon, Illinois this fall.

MOUNT CARMEL, ILL. – There is nothing wrong with being a finesse team, Mount Carmel football coach Darren Peach told a large gathering Sunday at the team’s post-season banquet.

Why, his Golden Aces teams have been very successful with the wide-open, pass-happy finesse teams of the last 10 years.

However, the 2016 edition which finished 10-1 after the school’s first 9-0 regular-season since 2007, was different. A “tougher” team he would say, almost a throwback to Mount Carmel’s historic heritage.

“This year’s team is probably one of the toughest teams we’ve ever had,” said Peach’s, already the school’s winningest coach but now the longest-tenured as well, wrapping up his 16th year at the helm. The defense “was exponentially better this year than last,” he said. “It was refreshing to see tackling again.”

“For me to be able to stand here and say you guys were a physical football team, I don’t think there is a bigger compliment that I could give you.”