When it comes to rivalry games, you have to throw everything out of the window and it gets all left on the field. That’s what happened when the 2-4 (2-2) Sand Creek Aggies faced off against the 3-3 (1-3) Morenci Bulldogs. The game was decided in overtime and it came down to the very last play as Sand Creek won 27-26.
Morenci got the board in the first quarter when their star Austin Sandusky received a punt and took it 60 yards for a touchdown. The two point run failed and the score was 6-0. This would hold until halftime.
Sandusky would score again on a 28 yard run. They tried for a 2 point pass play that failed. The Aggies would answer back when Kolton Alcock hit Brandon Williams for a 25 yard touchdown pass. Williams would also add an extra point kick. The score would be 12-7 going into the fourth.
The final quarter got started the Sand Creek defense picked off a pass from their quarterback Torin Merillat. That would setup a drive that would be capped off when Alcock found Elliott Rains for a 5 yard touchdown pass. They went for 2 and the pass failed. The Bulldogs would answer back with a pass from Merillat to Sandusky that he took the 58 yards for a score. They got a 2 point conversion run from Hayze Wolf. The Aggies would tie it up after an Alcock touchdown run of 1 yard. Williams would add the kick and send it into overtime.
Sand Creek had the ball first and scored once more on an Alcock touchdown run, this one of 2 yards. Williams would add the kick go up 7. Morenci scored on their drive from a Merillat to Wolf pass of 10 yards. They went for a pass for two and it was knocked down. The Aggies would take the 27-26 victory.
Sand Creek’s quarterback Alcock completed 4 of his 8 passing attempts for 68 yards with 2 touchdowns and 2 interceptions. They were led on the ground by Alcock who rushed the ball 26 times for 104 yards with 2 touchdowns. Williams was the leading receiver with 2 catches for 50 yards and a touchdown.
Morenci’s quarterback Merillat went 7 for 14 for 126 yards with 2 touchdowns and an interception. Sandusky carried the ball 13 times for 109 yards and a touchdown. Sandusky also led the team in receiving with 2 catches for 61 with a touchdown as well. He also added a punt return touchdown.
Sand Creek’s defense played well, but did give up a lot of yards. They gave up 20 points, with 6 of it in overtime with a short field. They came up big to get a turnover when they needed points. It wasn’t the best performance, but I still want to commend them. They gave up only 126 yards through the air, which isn’t all that bad. They need to keep it up going forward. This week though they gave up a lot of yards on the ground. I think if they tighten that up a bit, they can continue to roll.
The Aggies’ offense did well enough too. They moved the ball efficiently, but still had 2 interceptions. They didn’t fumble this week which is a good sign, but I think this team could dominate if they could stop turning it over. Alcock was good through the air though, minus the picks. The running game didn’t have as much success as they want it to, but it did still go for 4.3 yards per carry. They have gotten better as the year goes on, which is a good sign.
Sand Creek will look to continue their success as they will host the 2-4 (0-4) Madison Trojans. Madison was blown out at home this week by the Britton-Deerfield Patriots 37-6.
Morenci will try to snap their losing streak as they travel to the 6-0 (4-0) Clinton Redskins. The Redskins went to the Whitmore Lake Trojans and destroyed the Trojans 61-0 this week.