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WC football welcomes bye week after loss

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By Brandon Mattingly

 

The Commander football team was greeted with a 53-0 loss at Lincoln County on Friday night, dropping to 0-3 on the season heading into their bye week.

Washington County was stifled for only 54 yards of total offense, while the Patriots compiled 240 yards rushing and 144 yards passing on their way to seven touchdowns.

“We’ve got to make some changes and be more efficient,” said Washington County Head Coach Eric Sagrecy. “Maybe some of the concepts we were trying aren’t going to get it done and my job is to find ways for us to get it done. We’re going to try to use this bye week to make our offense more explosive.”

Trouble started early for the Commanders, fumbling a handoff in their first possession after forcing a Lincoln County punt. Logan Smith scooped up the loose ball and took it 70 yards for a Patriot touchdown less than five minutes into the game.

Tailback Deonte Coulter had room to run throughout the game and scored his first touchdown late in the first quarter, before taking down WC quarterback Morgan Churchill for a safety with three seconds on the clock, making the score 16-0 after one quarter.

The Patriot offense connected on a 46-yard touchdown pass on the first play of the second quarter, and added a 16-yard touchdown run following a Washington County fumble.

Lincoln County pulled out all the stops on Friday night, successfully pulling off an onside kick with a 30-0 lead in the second quarter, which led to another rushing touchdown shortly before the half. The extra point was wide. The Commanders put together a string of positive plays on the final drive of the half, including a 10-yard completion to senior receiver Alex Marshall, but the offense stalled and was forced to punt, leaving the score at 36-0 at halftime.

Lincoln County added a 23-yard field goal and a 21-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter, and capped off the scoring with a one-yard touchdown run with 4:33 left in the fourth.

The WC offense struggled for 15 yards on 19 carries and 4-of-13 for 39 yards through the air, and were held to just three first downs for the game. Sagrecy said the bye week is coming at a time when the Commanders need it most.

“We need to use the time to get back to basics on both sides of the ball,” he said. “We’re going to come back ready to play these last seven games as a new season, that’s the way we’re approaching it.”

Marshall led the offense with three catches for 23 yards, and Marquis Stateman added a 16-yard reception.

The Commanders will be off this Friday, giving them an extra week to prepare for a trip to Marion County (0-3) on Friday, Sept. 14.

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