Archive for Saturday, October 22, 2011

Rossville hands McLouth first loss of season in 3A district game

October 22, 2011

A well-orchestrated fake punt put McLouth within striking distance in the third quarter of Friday’s district game against Rossville.

McLouth scored on the play, cutting Rossville’s lead to 10.

MHS forced Rossville to punt on its next possession and, trailing 16-6, McLouth was building momentum.

Then came a botched option play and Rossville recovered in McLouth territory. It was one of five miscues on the night, but this one seemed to put the game out of reach. Rossville capitalized on the fumble and a short field and went up, 23-6, with a touchdown six plays later. McLouth couldn’t recover and eventually fell, 43-6, to the visiting Bulldogs.

The loss was McLouth’s first blemish on the season, as it dropped to 7-1 overall and 1-1 in district play. Rossville improved to 7-1 and also evened its district record at 1-1.

Rossville held a 6-0 lead after one quarter and, thanks to a field goal and another touchdown in the second quarter, led 16-0 heading into intermission.

RHS continued to put points on the board throughout the second half and padded its lead in the fourth quarter with back-to-back interceptions returned for touchdowns, including the last score as time expired.

District play concludes Thursday with McLouth traveling to Silver Lake and Rossville facing off against Pleasant Ridge. Silver Lake (7-1 and 2-0) defeated Pleasant Ridge (5-3 and 0-2), 58-7, on Friday.

MHS still has a shot at advancing to the 3A playoffs, but would need to defeat Silver Lake and have Pleasant Ridge defeat Rossville. There’s an outside chance McLouth also could advance with a victory against Silver Lake and a Rossville victory against Pleasant Ridge, but it would come down to a cumulative margin of victory/defeat tiebreaker formula.

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