Golden Aces quarterback Reece Metcalf will get the start on Friday night in the Big 8 Conference foot-ball finale at Boonville [3-5]. Metcalf was injured in the second half of last week’s 20-0 loss to Vincennes Lincoln, and did not return to the game after reporting some numbness in his throwing arm after a helmet hit. But, Aces coach Darren Peach reported that he has since returned to action.
"He underwent an MRI on Monday and checked out fine," Peach said. The hit may have been in the funny bone area, causing the loss of feel-ing, he said.
Between the Alices defense and a driving rainstorm throughout, Metcalf was held to 45 yards on 5-of-15 accuracy.
The junior southpaw now has an unofficial season total of 1,648 yards in the air, and has connected on 107 of 183 passes.
Metcalf is now only 361 yards away from breaking the single-season record of 2,008 yards set by Luke Drone in 2002.
Now 4-3 on the season and still on the outside looking in as far as the playoffs are concerned, there is a sense of urgency for the Aces to get at least one more win to land a post-season spot.
Peach would just as soon pick up that victory sooner rather than later.
"The goal is obviously to win six and win the next two football games. But, you don’t want to go into the last week [against Mount Vernon, IL] having to win that game," Peach said.
Five wins does not always guaran-tee one of the 256 spots available in the 8-class Illinois state football tournament. Last year, for example, the Golden Aces would not have qualified with five wins, lacking enough playoff points.
This year, thanks to the addition of Breese Mater Dei to the schedule [replacing Red Hill] and Princeton’s much improved win total, the number of opponent victories should be enough if the Aces finish with only five wins, according to Peach.
Sophomore linebacker Austin Rue is expected back in the lineup after missing the last two weeks with what was termed a "mild MCL." And, Noah Thompson will see more playing time up front, after being used exclusively on defense last week while on the mend.
Lineman Cameron Peach, however, is out with a broken hand suffered against Vincennes.
Kickoff on Friday night is 7:00pm.