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October 13, 2013

Red Ramblers hold off Bearcats 21-14

MILFORD — Facing a quick, elusive quarterback was the start of a three-game losing streak for the Attica Red Ramblers.

On Saturday afternoon, Milford/Cissna Park’s Josh Marquez tried to emulate Rockville’s Kiontre Wilke, who ran for 232 yards and three touchdowns against Attica earlier this season, but this time around, the Red Ramblers figured out a way to stop the fleet-footed quarterback.

Attica spoiled Sam Fanning Day with a 21-14 victory over Milford/Cissna Park at Sam Fanning Stadium.

“We did alright, I wouldn’t say that we were great,’’ Attica coach Ryan Good said. “That’s something we don’t see too often, but I did talk the kids afterwards and I asked them, ‘What did the game remind you of?’ And they said Rockville.’’

Attica lost that contest 30-28 to snap its three-game win streak and the Red Ramblers went on to lose to Fountain Central and North Vermillion, before beating Covington last week.

“They were just like Rockville,’’ said Attica senior Lance Whorral, noting that the Red Ramblers (5-3 overall) could face the Rox again in the Sectional as the tournament draw is tonight in Indiana. “This game could help us out a lot. We are a different team now.’’

Marquez, who did run 130 yards and a touchdown, tried to lead the Bearcats, who fall to 3-4 overall, on a second-half comeback. The junior signal caller ran for 109 yards on 11 carries in the second half, and he scored on a 11-yard run, cutting Attica’s lead to 13-7 with 3 minutes, 42 seconds left in the third quarter.

“That was a really gutsy effort by Jacob,’’ Milford/Cissna Park coach Clint Schwartz said. “He didn’t practice all week. His arm has been bothering him all week, so we kept him out of (practice).

“In the second half, we got on his back and rode him.’’

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