Cavaliers football to host Litchfield Oct. 24
Carlinville High School’s varsity football team closes out the regular season portion of its schedule with a home contest against Litchfield High School Friday, Oct. 24.
Carlinville, now 7-1, is now looking to improve to 4-0 at home this season.
Litchfield, 1-7, has lost six straight games. The team’s last win was Sept. 6 when it defeated Gillespie on the road 44-30. That game originally was scheduled for Sept. 5 but postponed until the next day due to inclement weather.
Litchfield is 1-3 in road games. The Purple Panthers are averaging 30.5 points per game away from home this season. Litchfield has given up an average of 36 points per contest in road games in 2014.
Carlinville is 5-0 in its past five matchups with Litchfield, dating back to the 2008 season.
The average score of the past five games has been 45.6 points per game in favor of Carlinville and 9.2 points for Litchfield. The closest game was in 2009, when CHS won 39-20.
Kickoff for the contest is scheduled for 7 p.m. Prior to the start of the game, senior members of the football, band, cheerleading and dance squad will be recognized along with their parents.
There are 16 seniors on this year’s varsity football roster.
“We’re looking forward to it,” said senior quarterback Joeb Easterday. “Litchfield’s always a tough rival.”
The recent history suggests it’s been more of a one-sided rivalry. The last win by Litchfield was Sept. 8, 2006, when the Purple Panthers got past CHS 20-14.
Since the 2001 season, the Cavaliers are 8-1 against Litchfield. Carlinville has outscored the Purple Panthers 90-6 in the past two games at CHS Field.
Nearing scoring record
Carlinville, which has tallied 397 points through eight games, is nearing the all-time scoring record. CHS needs just 29 points vs. Litchfield to get to 426 and surpass the 425 points scored in the nine regular season games by the 1994 team.
Playoff pairings coming Oct. 25
Carlinville will find out its first opponent for this year’s playoffs Saturday, Oct. 25. The Illinois High School Association is scheduled to announce the matchups starting at 8 p.m.
Year Carlinville Litchfield
2009 39 20
2010 42 0
2011 48 14
2012 51 6
2013 48 6
2014 ? ?
By Daniel Winningham