Twice in the first quarter against Maumelle last Friday night, the Subiaco Academy Trojans had opportunities to score.
But, they were thwarted each time.
With the ball placed inside the Mauemelle five, a Subiaco field goal attempt was blocked. Again with the ball snapped inside the Maumelle five, a Subiaco pass was intercepted.
Even at that, the first quarter ended with Maumelle holding a 6-0 lead.
But in the second quarter, Maumelle reeled off 22 points to take a 28-0 lead at halftime. That set the stage for Maumelle to roll to a 35-7 conference win over Subiaco.
The Trojans are now 3-4 for the year and 1-3 in the conference, setting up a crucial game at Rebsamen Stadium on the Subiaco Academy campus this Friday against Dardanelle. Kick off is at 7 p.m.
Against Maumelle, Subiaco Academy Coach Mike Berry said his team had some breakdowns it couldn’t afford.
“You can’t have breakdowns against a team like that,” Berry said. “We played really well in the first and third quarters. If this bunch can put together four good quarters, we can beat some people.”
Against Maumelle, Subiaco Academy gave up 395 yards of total offense. The Maumelle defense limited to Trojans to 166 yards of offense. Running back Julius Lewis accounted for 89 of those yards on his 21 rushing attempts. He also scored Subiaco’s lone touchdown.
Subiaco quarterback Kelly Hollis went three of 11 passing for 20 yards.
Defensively, Hollis had eight tackles and an interception. Chris Post had six tackles and Lewis had five.
Against Dardanelle, Berry said the Trojans will face a good, sound football team.
“They play a physical game and they have some speed,” he said. “We’ll see a lot of formations. Hopefully we can emphasize playing hard for four quarters and not having breakdowns. If we can take care of business for four quarters, we’re a pretty good team.”
The Dardanelle game is important because winning it really helps Subiaco’s chances of making the playoffs.
“We’re going to treat the game with a sense of urgency,” Berry said. “We’re at home, so we have to take advantage of that. It’s not a must-win game, but it’s crucial.”