Mistakes and an inexperienced secondary were once against the downfall for the 0-2 Sand Creek Aggies. This week when they hosted the 1-1 Dundee Vikings, the passing game got them on the board and opened up their running game as they defeated the Sand Creek Aggies 35-25.
Both teams defense held strong until late in the opening quarter when Dundee’s quarterback Liam Grantham hit J.T. Luttermoser for a 24 yard touchdown pass. After the 1st, the Vikings lead 7-0.
On the first drive of the second, Sand Creek answered back when Kolton Alcock scored on a 67 yard touchdown run. Dundee scored next on another pass, this one a 39 yarder. The Aggies would answer back before the half ended, scoring on a 15 yard run from Elliott Rains. Their extra point was no good and the score at the half was 14-13.
In the 3rd, Sand Creek scored again at the halfway point when Rains took another one in from 11 yards out. They went for two, but the pass couldn’t connect. Dundee wasn’t going to be stopped though and drove down the field, scoring on a 3 yard run.
The final quarter the defenses took over until the final two minutes. Sand Creek scored on an Alcock 10 yard run to take the lead. Dundee scored 30 seconds later when Grantham broke a 68 yard touchdown run. After a costly turnover, Dundee had the ball again and scored from 1 yard out to seal the game 35-25.
Sand Creek was lead through the air by Alcock who was 2 for 8 for 35 yards and threw 2 interceptions. Alcock also lead the way on the ground with 24 rushes for 131 yards and 2 touchdowns. Rains added 8 carries for 39 yards and 2 touchdowns. The leading receiver for the Aggies was Nick Cleveland who had 1 catch for 22 yards.
Dundee’s leading passer was Grantham who was 10 for 13 for 118 yards with 2 touchdowns. Dundee’s leading rusher was also Grantham who had 14 carries for 128 yards and 1 touchdown. The Vikings were lead in receiving by Clark who had 7 catches for 85 yards and a touchdown.
The defense for Sand Creek has improved from the first game, but still need to get better. We once again saw that the defense was beat early by big plays through the air that opened up the running game. They need to do something to help out this secondary and get more pressure on the quarterback. They also need to contain him when they put pressure on, because both games they have been gashed in the running game when the quarterback breaks contain. If they don’t shore this up, they could be in for a long year. The big plays for scores have been a killer for this squad.
Offensively they are still solid. They move the ball well on the ground, but I would like to see the passing game get better, but with an inexperienced quarterback like Alcock, it is tough to step in your senior year without a lot of experience at the varsity level. I think he would benefit from calming down to help make better decisions. They also need to cut down on the mistakes. Turnovers kill your chances, dropping passes and not rushing your throws will all help this offense be more proficient.
Sand Creek will stay at home as they will host conference opponent in the 2-0 Whiteford Bobcats. This week Whiteford traveled to the 0-1 Erie-Mason Eagles and handled them 26-0.
Dundee will return home to play their first conference game against the Erie-Mason Eagles.