Football Team Falls Short Against Argylls

Posted on September 12, 2011 in Fall Sports, Football, Home

By Eric Hinderliter MIER – Madison-Grant’s defense had to dig deep late in the game when their backs were up against a wall. The Argylls were continually gashed by bruising Oak Hill fullback Keegan Anderson for much of the second half. “They kept killing us with the power play,” Madison-Grant coach Beau Engle said. “We were worried on that last drive.” The Golden Eagle offense worked their way down to the M-G 29 where they faced a fourth down. The seemingly tired Argyll defense made their final stand forcing an incomplete pass to seal the 28-21 victory. Madison-Grant has now kicked off its Central Indiana Conference with two consecutive wins to pull its record to 2-2. Oak Hill drops to 1-3 overall and 0-2 in CIC play. The Argylls held a 14-7 lead at halftime thanks in large part to the slashing running of Cedric Presley. He was able to rattle off several big runs and scored the first of his two touchdowns in the first half. He totaled 178 yards in the first half alone. “He’s a special back,” Engle said. “He’s fast and shifty.” Brady Franklin’s one-yard keeper late in the second quarter was set up by one of Presley’s long runs – this one for 43 yards. Oak Hill’s offense was unable to complete its drives in the first half but was able to get on the board when quarterback Derek Durkes found Matt McDivitt, who eluded his defender and raced 63 yards untouched to the end zone. Despite the loss, Eagle coach Bud Ozmun was able to come away from the game with a positive outlook. “We took a step forward,” Ozmun said. “I felt good about how our kids fought.” His defense was able to find a solution for Presley’s attack bottling him up for just 31 yards in the second half. In addition, the Eagles were able to find their power running attack behind Anderson and Alec Samuels. “Our offensive line did a good job in the second half,” Ozmun said. Anderson was nearly unstoppable in the second half, setting the tone with a 65 yard jaunt on the very first play, leading to a Durkes scoring run. After a short Presley touchdown run, Oak Hill proceeded to embark on a monumental 16 play, 85 yard drive that saw the ball put in Anderson’s hands eight times. Oak Hill capped it with Durkes expertly hitting Samuels on a 12 yard pass to tie the game at 21. Presley had one final impact on the game as he took the ensuing kickoff 75 yards to set up Franklin’s six yard run to put the Argylls up for good. Oak Hill had the ball 11 plays on their final drive that ended with Durkes’ pass falling incomplete. The game featured fine rushing performances – Presley totaled 224 yards on the night while Anderson countered with 171. Samuels picked up 125 yards. While Engle felt his club ran the offense effectively he feels they need to eliminate their mental mistakes but is pleased with the last two weeks after starting the season with two losses. “We’re really happy to be 2-0 in the CIC,” Engle said. Ozmun believes his team can take a step forward in a loss. “We have been preaching about playing four quarters,” Ozmun said. “And tonight we met that goal.” Madison-Grant returns home to face Elwood next Friday while Oak Hill travels to Frankton.

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