Immaculata drops fifth straight game
By Ian Stanford The Leavenworth Times
Friday may have been the last game at the more than 70-year-old Abeles Field. It certainly was the last home game for the Immaculata football team’s seniors, so it would’ve been a good night for Imac to snap its five-game losing streak.
For a little while Friday, it looked like they might. After stumbling early to a 16-0 deficit, the young Raiders played a quarter-and-a-half of solid football, scoring twice to narrow the game to one-possession going into halftime. But the Raiders couldn’t recapture their magic in the second half and ended up falling 44-20.
“It has been a roller-coaster season,” Imac coach Sean Sachen said. “Overall, I think our guys are getting better, and I was proud of how hard they played tonight.”
Early on, it looked like Abeles would go out with a whimper. The visitors ran the ball effortlessly on their first drive. On Immaculata’s first possession, the Raiders bobbled a hand-off and punted on fourth and 20. Troy scored easily again thereafter, taking a quick 16-0 lead.
“It took us a drive or two to wake up,” said Sachen.
Imac got it going on their second drive. Freshman signal caller Drew Sachen made some gritty runs. When he didn’t run it, he handed off to senior Dustin Jostmeyer. There was also a pass play mixed in, a 12-yarder to Cory Holcomb that set the table for Jostmeyer to rush it in from one yard out for IMAC’s first score.
“Justin ran really hard,” said Sachen. “Anytime we can get him going our offense is going to move the ball pretty well, because that then opens it up for Drew [Sachen] to run too.”
IMAC started to slow the Troy offense. However, after trading punts, Troy scored again. Though this time, they had to grind for their yards.
“There was a good stretch there where it was a good game,” said Sachen. “They were coming at us, and we were coming right back at them.”
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