Six quarterback sacks and 17 tackles for losses by Elkhorn Mount Michael resulted in a total of minus-13 yards of offense for Schuyler Central as the Warriors lost a 50-0 decision at home this past Friday night.
Schuyler completed one pass for 10 yards and ran the ball 32 times for a minus-10 while the visitors used their speed to their advantage tearing up the field for 272 yards on 29 carries and four touchdowns. Knights quarterback Ben deMayo also completed six passes for 66 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
As his team continued to struggle both offensively and defensively, Schuyler Central head coach Jason Ankrah has seen the losses as an opportunity to build his program from the bottom up and give the younger players more opportunities than they might normally receive.
“Honestly, I love the fight out of the freshmen, and I can’t wait to keep working with those young pups," he said. "We have some hard-playing sophomores and we need to get the juniors on board. We want to get these guys through the season healthy.”
Mount Michael’s Jackson Ramold scored two first quarter touchdowns on runs of 24 and 46 yards to give the visitors a 13-0 lead at the end of the first 12 minutes. Ramold totaled 158 rushing yards on 11 attempts. He also caught a 4-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter for the Knights.
Calvin Benson carried it eight times for Mount Michael and picked up 50 yards to go with two scores.
The bright spot of the evening for Schuyler was the early play of its defense. The Warriors picked off one Knights pass and recovered two fumbles.
“We started well,” said Ankrah, ‘then we tumbled on down. All of a sudden we stopped remembering our responsibilities and our technique then all tackling and blocking went out the window.”
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The Warriors took a blow to their offensive hopes in the second quarter when starting quarterback William Parra took a shot to his shoulder and ribs on a ferocious hit by a Mount Michael defender during an option play. Parra was helped to the bench where he remained for the remainder of the evening.
The injury was one of many suffered by Schuyler Central though most seemed minor in nature as the players walked off the field under their own power.
“We had a lot of guys who went down tonight who take those same hits in practice and don’t go down," Ankrah said. "We need to show that same toughness we show on the practice field and bring it to the game fields on Friday night. Now we just keep bringing those younger guys in when a starter goes down so that we can continue to give them opportunities to play.”
The statistical leader on offense for the Warriors was senior running back Elmer Salazar who ended with 16 carries for 13 yards. At one point, Salazar had 37 yards on 10 carries, but he lost 24 yards on his final six attempts.
In the passing department, Parra completed one pass in two attempts for 10 yards. As a team, the Warriors were 1 for 8 with one interception. Travis Marxsen had the lone reception for 10 yards.
The tough slate continues this Friday for the Warriors when they travel to Blair to take on the 2-3 Bears who defeated South Sioux City by a score of 57-21 in Week 5.
Doug Phillips is a freelance writer for the Schuyler Sun. Reach him via email at SCHsports@lee.net.