Immaculata on the losing end to Riverside
By Sara Mettlen The Leavenworth Times
Leavenworth, Kan. — Immaculata led for much of the first quarter in its homecoming matchup with Riverside on Friday night, but the Raiders’ miscues added up later as they lost 42-14 on the night.
Although they didn’t come away with the win, head coach Sean Sachen said his Immaculata squad did show some good things on the night.
“We’ve got to sustain,” Sachen said. “Last week we played well for a half. This week we played well for most of the game, but had sections within the game when we didn’t play well. We have to maintain for an entire game. Until we do that, we’ll struggle.”
The green and white kicked off to start the game and saw the visiting Cyclones move the ball down the field and use a nine-yard run by Timmy Miller to get into the end zone. Immaculata’s defense held strong on the two-point conversion attempt, but trailed 6-0 at the 8:40 mark.
The Raiders got a huge kickoff return from freshman Larry Hildebrandt on the ensuing kickoff, Hildebrandt running the ball up to the Riverside 47-yard line, but eventually turned the ball over on downs. Immaculata’s defense returned the favor to the Cyclones, however, and quickly got the ball back at the 47.
From there, a pass interference penalty on Riverside and a pair of passes from quarterback Corey Leintz to Carl Richmond and Hildebrandt got the Raiders down to the five-yard line. Leintz did the rest of the work from there, powering the ball up the middle on a five-yard touchdown run at the 1:31 mark. Leintz found Jae Shin on the two-point conversion to put the Raiders on top.
“We fought back and had some big plays,” Sachen said. “Then we sputtered. It’s the little things, those attention-to-detail things. We had a missed coverage on a play action and they ran a guy up the middle, they made a good, one-handed catch on another missed coverage. It’s those little things that we have got to take care of.”
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