Immaculata drops fourth straight

By Brent Lager The Leavenworth Times
Posted: October 12, 2012 - 11:17 PM

Some nights, nothing seems to go right.

From the first possession Friday, the Immaculata football team simply could not find a foot to stand on during its district playoff opener versus Valley Falls.

While the Raiders’ struggles mounted, the visiting Dragons held nothing back and defeated Imac 44-8.

“The mistakes just kept growing and growing and growing and snowballed on us like crazy,” Imac coach Sean Sachen said.

After receiving the opening kickoff, the visitors needed just two minutes to find the end zone thanks to a 30-yard touchdown run. The two-point conversion was good.

Following that, Immaculata’s first offensive play turned into a fumbled hand-off, which gave the ball right back to Falls. Eight plays later, the Dragons scored again on a six-yard TD pass.

Thus, with 4:12 left in the first quarter, Imac trailed 16-0.

“The fumble on the first play from scrimmage kind of says it all,” Sachen said. “We just couldn’t stop them offensively. They kept running the ball up the middle on us. They are a good team.”

Ignoring the poor start, the home team fought back. On its second drive, Connor Schmidling hit Cory Holcomb for a 42-yard TD pass. The successful two-point attempt brought the score to 16-8.

But from there, everything unraveled. Right before the end of the first quarter, Falls tacked on a 49-yard TD run to take a 20-8 advantage.

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