Friday, September 8, 2017
Richmond High School
Muncie Central High School
It was Homecoming night for the Muncie Central Bearcats, and the Red Devils gave them a good fight for three quarters, but ultimately lost 56-14.
The Red Devils made the Bearcats punt on their first possession and got out to a hot start offensively scoring on their first possession for the first time all season. It was like a heavyweight fight for most of the first half with the Red Devils and the Bearcats trading scores. The game seemed to take a turn for the worse with about 4 minutes left to go before halftime. The score was tied at 14, and the Devils got a huge turnover with Senior Colton Davis causing a fumble, and Junior Isaiah Webster recovering. The Red Devils sideline was the most excited it had been all year, but the very next play Senior Brandon Curtis threw an interception that the Bearcats returned for a touchdown. The play deflated the young Red Devils and they were not able to recover, and the Red Devils went into halftime down 28-14.
Muncie was leading 35-14 with 2 minutes left to go at the end of the 3rd quarter with the Red Devils on the 7 yard line looking to score. The Red Devils have been in this position multiple times this season, but just cant seem to find the strength to score from within the 10 yard line. All of their touchdowns this season have come from behind the 15 yard line. The young Devils scored more offensive points in this game than they had scored all season offensively, but they still left a few touchdowns on the field.
The defense is a shadow of its former self, as they are missing 6 defensive starters including safety Ron Sanders, linebackers Brice Brown and Caleb Ellis, and defensive end Jacob Jones. One bright spot for the defense was Senior Tremell Carpenter who had a great game in his first start at cornerback.
The players and coaching staff has to stay positive and battle through the adversity. If the Red Devils can get their defense healthy and continue to make improvements offensively, they can become a team that can compete with anybody in the NCC and make a late season push for a sectional championship.