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THIS TIME, DRAGON O STUMBLES
More often than not when the Silver Creek football team loses a game, the defense is the culprit.
Blame couldn’t be placed on that unit after Friday’s 21-20 loss to visiting Salem in Mid-Southern Conference action.
Sure, the Lions had some success against the Dragons’ D, but their 322 total yards of offense wasn’t an astronomical figure. It was a solid effort for Salem and respectable as well for Silver Creek.
It doesn’t happen often, but Silver Creek’s high-octane offense — no stranger whatsoever to ringing up 40 points or better — sputtered until the fourth quarter.
The Dragons clearly felt the Lions’ secondary was ripe for the picking and threw deep on several occasions in the first half. Unfortunately, senior quarterback Brooks Howell and his talented receiving corps rarely connected, with overthrows and drops hindering any progress.
Salem’s methodical ground game also kept Silver Creek’s offense off the field, and the Dragons seemed to grow impatient once they did receive the ball. Finally, in the fourth quarter, Howell became acutely accurate and was perfect on two late scoring drives that kept the outcome in jeopardy. Wideouts Bobby Haines, Austin Hasting, Drew Sherrow and Cameron Cook all had critical catches.
Penalties and some other mental mistakes cost the Dragons dearly. You couldn’t point the finger at the defense, which hung tight despite Salem’s physical style. If anything - and especially because Salem also hurt itself with a bundle of penalties - the rare lack of rhythm on offense through three quarters led to a disappointing start to league play for the Dragons.
— Adam Pruiett
ALLEN EXPECTED TO RETURN SOON
All signs are pointing towards Jeffersonville tight end Dionte Allen being on the field when the Red Devils travel to Bedford North Lawrence Friday night to take on the Stars.
The 6-foot-4, 260-pound senior — the subject of Division I recruiting interest — sustained a leg injury in a scrimmage against Clarksville two weeks ago and hasn’t been in pads in Jeffersonville’s two wins over Evansville Bosse and Seymour.
Still, during last week’s 61-7 home drubbing of Seymour, he was tossing the football around with starting quarterback Jamal Britt when the Red Devil defense was on the field, and appeared to be moving around at full strength.
“Probably,” coach Lonnie Oldham said when asked if Allen could have played on Friday night. “We’re not going to take any chances with his health. We want him back at full strength and for him to be all right.”
The return of Allen will give the already explosive Red Devils some further firepower. The Red Devils are 2-0 and have scored 121 points against Bosse and Seymour.
— Jon Reiter