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October 24, 2016
A message from the coach:
We lost to Lake Hamilton 14-7 last Friday night at Lake Hamilton. Losses are never fun or desired. However, I must say, that Friday night I was as proud of our team as I have been of any team since I have been here. I felt we competed, fought, and played with a lot of heart for the full 48 minutes. Currently Lake Hamilton is ranked #6 in State 6-A. Our team never backed down and many people played their best game of the year so far.
They had two big plays in the kicking game that were the difference in the game. We chose to receive and started the game with a 12 play drive down to their 20 but could not punch it in to score. The Red Zone (inside the 20) has been a problem for us all year. At times we just can't finish drives and put points on the board. They got the ball and made two first downs and we forced them to punt. However, we roughed the kicker and gave them a first down at our 45. Five plays later they broke a 31 yard run for a touchdown and they were up 7-0. We came back with an 18 play, 65 yard drive to tie the score at 7-7. We kicked off and they returned the kickoff 77 yards for a touchdown to go up 14-7 which was the final score. In the third quarter our defense forced a fumble and recovered it at the Lake Hamilton 17 yard line. We then went 14 plays and 72 yards only to be stopped one yard short at the 11 yard line on a fourth and 5 run by us. We had our chances on offense, we just could not convert it into points.
Defensively we played really well except for that one drive. We held them to 177 yards total offense for the night. I don't know what their average is but I bet it is way above that. Clayton Palmer led all defensive players with 12 total tackles and one for a loss and a pass broken up. We limited their big plays and executed well the scheme that our defensive coaches had put into place. Lucas Sellers, playing both ways, and Jacob Holloway had two tackles each for a loss. We ran to the football and gang-tackled extremely well.
McKinley Williams led all rusher with 155 yards on 26 carries. He currently leads 6-A in rushing according to Max Preps. Our offensive line played the best game they have played this year. Coach Brian McDermott has done a great job of putting together a line that has gone through injuries all year. They fought hard and played better than any other game this year. We had more total yards, more time of possession, more third down conversions, and more yards per play than they had. Unfortunately, they had more points and that is what really matters.
But, when our team plays and competes like they did last Friday, I can live with whatever the results are. We got outscored, but not out-competed or out-fought. I am proud of our team.
This week it is the #1 Team in 6-A in Greenwood. They average 272 on the offensive line and 260 on the defensive line. They have a QB that has been offered by Arkansas and many other Division I Universities, yet he splits time with another QB! They are a complete, well coached, and talented team. That is obvious or they wouldn't be #1. Obviously, we have to come ready to compete, fight (legally) and win. The game is here at 7:00.
Tonight the 7th grade plays two games here versus Pulaski Academy starting at 5:15. Thursday night the 9th grade team plays Pulaski Academy in the Championship Game of their Conference. That will be after the 8th grade team plays PA starting at 5:15. Should be an exciting week for all of our teams.
Head Football Coach
Sheridan High School