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Gaining Momentum: Unbeaten Blue Devils shift focus to Rock Island

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Quincy High will take an undefeated start on the road to rival Rock Island for a week three showdown on Friday. Quincy High will take an undefeated start on the road to rival Rock Island for a week three showdown on Friday.

QUINCY, Il. (WGEM) -- In need of a signature win to establish themselves as a force to be reckoned with, the Quincy High football program got just that in Friday's 35-26 victory over Peoria Notre Dame.

The Irish were a Class 4A state quarterfinalist last season and it's that kind of success the Blue Devils are in search of.

Rick Little's group is (2-0) for the first time since 2010, and Ironically enough, that's the last time QHS qualified for the playoffs.

There's plenty left to attain and the Blue Devils have their focus on the future, not the past, and Friday's ability to close out their opponent was a step in the right direction.

"We want to be able to finish," Little told WGEM Sports.

"We want to make sure we put ourselves in a position to finish by not beating ourselves, not making mistakes, and I think that clearly so far, so good."

"We did pretty good in the second half, and that's what we needed to stick it out throughout the game because it was a close game," added senior linebacker Malique Bondon.

"The defense is doing really good so far, so I'm proud of them. "

Next up for the Blue Devils is a trip to Rock Island on Friday.

This week's state rankings have the Rocks as the 2nd best team in Class 6A following wins over Peoria Manual and Peoria Richwoods.

It's a chance for the visiting team to once again prove their strong start is not a fluke, and senior running back Malique Robbins says their week two win is a nice start.

"It makes a statement, but it also puts pressure on us," he said.

"Like coach says all the time, pressure is a privilege, and it's tough but we've got to stay on top of it."

"We're looking forward to it," added senior lineman Jacob Calvin.

"I think it's going to be harder than Peoria Notre Dame because we've got to play (in Rock Island). I think they're going to be rocking because they're (2-0) and we've got to bring that same intensity that we brought last week."

If Quincy High needed any extra motivation to knock off the long time power in the Western Big 6, after this week, the Blue Devils play four out of their final six games at Flinn Stadium.

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