CAMDEN — The Preble Shawnee football team continues to struggle, dropping its fourth straight game, 42-13, to Carlisle on homecoming on Friday, Oct. 2.
The loss moves the Arrows to 2-4 on the season and 0-3 in the SWBL after the team started the season with two impressive victories over National Trail and Twin Valley South.
For the Arrows, the game could not have begun any worse, as the first two plays were bad snaps backing the Arrows deep into their own territory for a third and long.
Quarterback Joby Williams tried to get the Arrows out of the bad field position but instead threw an interception to set up Carlisle in the red-zone.
Carlisle struck quickly on the ground and took a 6-0 lead early in the first.
Matt Hall gave the Arrows life on the second drive as he broke free for a 60-yard touchdown run, to give the team its only lead of the game 7-6.
Carlisle used the rain and mud to their advantage as the Indians broke open the game by the end of the first quarter, scoring two more touchdowns on the ground to make it 18-7.
Another rushing touchdown and two-point conversion in the second quarter meant the Arrows trailed 26-7 heading into the break.
As if the first half score wasn’t bad enough for the Arrows, senior wide receiver Trey Smith injured his knee on the last play of the half and was unable to return to the game.
Shawnee was able to score on another Hall touchdown run, this time from 15 out, but Carlisle had already established a lead late into the third and the score was 35-13.
The Indians added one more score to the final tally, making the final 42-13.
Carlisle passed the ball five times on the night as they rushed 46 times for 370 yards, including 285 yards on 27 attempts from star running back Ridge Reed. The team also had six rushing touchdowns on the night.
Two bright spots for the Arrows are the development of two running backs, Luke Lovely and Matt Hall. Lovely ran the ball 25 times for 152 yards while Hall ran 14 times for 107 yards and two scores.
Arrow coach Matt Hopkins said afterwards, his team played a much better second half which shows him this team won’t give up.
“Right now were playing at great second half, were just digging too big of a hole in the first half to come back from,” Hopkins said. ‘Our effort in the second was great — our line play was much better in the second half.”
Hopkins continued, “It’s not the season anybody thought we were going to have. I think that is a little bit of a shock to the team, but they are handling it like men and doing everything we ask. Nobody is hanging their heads. Nobody is giving up — these kids care too much about each other to do that.”
Preble Shawnee (2-4, 0-3) travels to Dixie (0-6, 0-2) on Friday, Oct 9.
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