The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

October 5, 2013

Ramblers back on winning track

BY GREG FLINT sports@dancomnews.com
The Commercial-News

---- — ATTICA, Ind. – It has been a tough past three weeks for the Attica football team, but much of that changed on a night where they defeated the visiting Covington Trojans by the score of 67-0.

Three weeks ago, Carson Davis left the Rockville game with a concussion and missed the past two weeks. Center Casey Broadwater torn knee ligaments and fullback Tyler Jordan broke his hand.

All of these things required the Rambler coaching staff to juggle their lineup in the past three games.

Against Covington, Davis returned and Jordan moved to the offensive line and the team seemed to re-gel according to head coach Ryan Good.

“I think all the bad things that went wrong for us in the past three weeks went our way tonight,” said Good. “Everything I called seemed to work better than I expected it to.”

It was certainly a night when the Attica offense clicked – especially for quarterback Brady Sheridan.

The senior ran 10 yards for the first Attica touchdown and later in the first quarter carried for another, this one from 36 yards out.

In between those two scores, the Ramblers blocked a punt with Cody Parker getting to the ball and Bradley Green carrying it for a touchdown.

After the first quarter, it was 21-0 and the Ramblers continued to score as the second period started. Lance Worrall picked up 17 yards then Sheridan ran the ball in from 15 yards out for his third touchdown of the night.

Down 28-0, Covington showed their spirit with their best drive of the night on the next possession.

The Trojans used a trio of backs to carry the ball. Gage Hegg, Gabe Newlin and Trace Coffing all helped move the ball into Attica territory, but Damon DeSutter then broke into the backfield to force a Covington punt.

“I’ll have to look at the video to see everybody on the defense that played well, but Damon DeSutter stood out to me,” said Good of his linebacker. “He seemed like he was always in their backfield disrupting things.”

It took Attica only one play to score when they got the ball back, a pass from Sheridan to Tyler Campbell good for 79 yards and a touchdown. The extra point was wide, but it was 34-0.

Sheridan and Campbell would later combine on another touchdown throw, this one for 49 yards, to put the Ramblers up 41-0 at the half.

With such a lead, some fans were calling out that Attica should play their JV squad rather than let their varsity score another touchdown – a 36-yard run by Sheridan.

The answer came from Covington coach Travis Brown.

“In a game like this, we’d all like to put in our JV, but we can’t,” he said. “If we do, they play too many quarters and can’t play on Monday [the night of the JV contests]. We just don’t have enough players to be able to do that.”

Attica would go on to score three more times, including a 66-yard run by Davis after he bobbled a punt snap.

“That was just one more thing that you don’t expect,” said Brown of the touchdown. “Some nights are just like that.”

Brown gave credit to Attica, saying, “They are a good team,” but also had good words for his own team despite the outcome.

“We lost Tanner Jumps early in the game and another player had his grandfather pass away today so he wasn’t eve here,” he said. “We played four freshmen a lot in the first half, not just the second.

“Our young guys stepped up – I don’t want to name them in case I forget somebody – but they came in and played hard.”

Brown says his team is still upbeat.

“They need to be,” he said. “We’ve got some winnable games coming up, but those teams will be hungry for a win, too. So we’ve got to keep positive and keep working on getting better.”

Greg Flint is a freelance writer/photographer for the Commercial-News. He can be reached at gfphoto@gfphoto-web.com

Wabash River Conference All times Eastern Conf. Overall Team W L W L Fountain Central 5 0 7 0 North Vermillion 5 0 7 0 Rockville 4 1 5 2 Attica 3 3 4 3 Seeger 3 3 3 4 Turkey Run 1 4 1 6 Covington 0 5 0 7 Riverton Parke 0 5 1 6 Friday, Oct. 4 games Attica 67, Covington 0 Fountain Central 48, Benton Central 7 North Central (Farmersburg) 93, Riverton Parke 20 North Vermillion 39, Rockville 0 Seeger 45, Turkey Run 0 Friday, Oct. 11 games North Vermillion at Fountain Central, 7 p.m. Rockville at Riverton Parke, 7 p.m. Turkey Run at Covington, 7 p.m. West Lafayette at Seeger, 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12 game Attica at Milford/Cissna Park, 2 p.m.