Being the better team on the field isn’t enough to win football games. This is a painful lesson that the 2-5 (2-3) Sand Creek Aggies experienced this week at their homecoming when they were upset by the 3-4 (1-4) Madison Trojans. Flat play and no energy with poor execution was their downfall and they were defeated 13-3.
Neither team could get on the board during the sloppy, rainy game in the first half. It wasn’t until the third quarter when Sand Creek got into the red zone, but their drive stalled. Brandon Williams lined up for a field goal and drilled it home, giving his team the 3-0 lead.
Madison would answer late in the same quarter when their quarterback Collin Slates broke free and take the ball 73 yards for a touchdown. The kick failed and Madison led going into the final quarter of play 6-3.
The Aggies could not get anything going and then after a bad punt, Madison had excellent field position. Slates capitalized and score once more on the ground from 2 yards out. They converted the Max Trumbell kick and would take the game 13-3.
Sand Creek’s Kolton Alcock did not complete a pass as he went 0 for 10 with an interception. He did lead the team on the ground as he rushed for 124 yards on 24 carries.
Madison’s Slates completed 6 of his 15 passes for 56 yards and an interception. They were led by Hamilton on the ground with 11 carries for 39 yards. Slates added 8 carries for 35 yards and 2 touchdowns, but he lost a lot of the 73 yard run when he was sacked. The leading receiver for the Trojans was Hamilton with 3 catches for 30 yards.
Sand Creek’s defense didn’t play all that bad in this one. They gave up 185 yards on the ground which needs to be tightened up, but they held them to completing less than 50% of their passes and for only 56 yards. What is staggering to me is how the Aggies looked. They didn’t have much emotion and also looked like they thought they would dominate Madison. It shows that if you don’t show up, you can be defeated by anyone. They need to finish out the season with emotion or they won’t be anywhere close in their last two games.
The Aggies’ offense didn’t look horrible, but it was the same problem as the defense. It was raining, so I can see why they struggled to throw the ball. They aren’t very good at in the first place, but that seemed too much for it. They ran the ball fairly well and only had the two turnovers. I don’t have much more to say about them–if they don’t show up in the last two games, they will be blown out. If they turn over the ball, they probably will be anyway, but if they have any pride left, they will show up and play like they did prior to this week.
The Aggies will stay at home to host the 4-3 (3-2) Britton-Deerfield Patriots. This week, the Patriots hosted the Summerfield Bulldogs and destroyed the Bulldogs 48-20.
Madison will look to continue their success as they head home to face the 1-6 (1-4) Whitmore Lake Trojans. Whitmore Lake was on the road this week as well when they were destroyed by the Whiteford Bobcats 37-8.