CROSS PLAINS — Coming into Friday night’s game, East Robertson had lost six straight games, and Jackson County was looking for a little redemption after last year’s loss.
It turned out to be a recipe for disaster for the Indians as the Red Devils handed East Robertson a 37-0 loss and in the process, likely locked up a home playoff game.
Here are five things that led to Friday night’s loss for East Robertson.
1 – East Robertson freshman quarterback Cameron Swift and leader of the Indians squad didn’t play Friday night. Swift is a player that has led by example all season long. He may be a freshman, but he plays like a seasoned veteran, and the Indians play off of the electricity he creates.
2 – With Swift’s absence at quarterback, East Robertson was forced to go with a wildcat set, hiking the ball straight to Johnny Lyons. Unfortunately for Lyons and the Indians, Jackson County figured that out after the first series and put its entire defense in the box to stop the run.
3 – The Indians were offensively challenged Friday night. East Robertson produced less than 100 yards of total offense, gaining just 45 yards on the ground on 35 carries, and was 3-for-10 for 37 yards through the air with an interception.
4 – The East Robertson defense, which has several members that play on both sides of the ball, was outplayed Friday night. Jackson County senior quarterback Tyler Boling was a dual threat. He ran eight times for 73 yards with a touchdown and was 14-23 through the air for 236 yards with three more touchdowns.
5 – It’s been said that winning is contagious, but losing can be contagious too. East Robertson has now lost seven games in a row and isn’t the same team that started this season. The Indians have one last chance next week when they host Cascade on senior night.