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Commanders fall to CAL, Mother Nature

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By John Overby

The WC Commanders were competitive against yet another elite squad, trailing the CAL Centurions by only 15 at the half, but they just couldn’t sustain their momentum…again.
The Commanders ended up with a 44-0 loss.

“We just can’t finish games,” Head Coach Eric Sagrecy said. “We’re not consistent. We’ve got a few guys that play pretty hard, and we’ve got some guys that continue to make mental errors. As a staff, we’ve got to find a way to be successful for 48 minutes.”

WC’s defense was able to produce a relatively successful day against the powerful CAL offense, holding the Centurions to 227 yards.

They allowed 106 yards and three touchdowns on 32 attempts (for a paltry 3.3 yards per carry average) in the ground game and held CAL’s passing game to 121 yards and two touchdowns on 5-of-10 passing.

The offense, however, was not able to match their play. They were only able to gain 32 yards of total offense, all by way of the running game.

The passing attack failed to complete a pass on eight attempts.

Part of the defense’s success and the offense’s failure, though, can be attributed to what Sagrecy described as “sloppy conditions” due to a down pouring of rain.

Sagrecy believes that both teams were greatly affected by their surroundings.

“It slowed both teams down,” Sagrecy said. “It affected our gameplan as a spread offense, the way we like to do things, but it slowed them down, too. But whether it’s raining, snowing or sunny, it’s about who wins the battle up front, and that’s exactly what they did.”

The offense was also plagued by the absence of senior quarterback Morgan Churchill, who is still battling a quad injury that he suffered in the first game of the season.
Churchill has now been out two games, and the offense is yet to score a touchdown without him behind center.

And there is still no timetable for his return.

“It’s really just whenever he gets to the point when he can effectively run and cut,” Sagrecy said about his return date. “It was better as of (Monday) morning, but he’s still a long way away from good enough. We need to get him back at full strength, though, nothing less.”

The Commanders dropped to 1-4 (0-2) on the season with the loss, while the Centurions improved to 5-0 (2-0).