BY GREG FLINT
CLOVERDALE, Ind. —
The Attica football team had no difficulty in defeating Cloverdale as they came away with a 54-0 victory.
The Clovers started the game with an onside kick, recovered it and moved to the Attica 39 to start the game. Despite the surprise, the Ramblers responded by shutting down their hosts to force a three-and-out punt.
Getting the ball back, Attica wasted no time scoring.
After an incompletion on first down, quarterback Brady Sheridan pitched to Carson Davis for a gain of ten yards then gave the ball to Lance Whorrall who ran 56 more for a touchdown.
After another Cloverdale three-and-out, the Ramblers added to their lead when Davis ran ten yards to put his team up 12-0 late in the first quarter.
Cloverdale responded with their best drive of the night, thanks to a fake punt that picked up a first down. The hosts moved into Attica territory, but fumbled with Sheridan recovering for the Ramblers to end the drive.
Attica added another touchdown on their next four possessions to lead 42-0. On the subsequent Cloverdale possession, Whorrall got a pick-six to give the Ramblers a 48-0 lead at halftime.
“We realized that what we usually do was working fine,” said Attica coach Ryan Good. “So we started working on things that we don’t do as well – like passing.”
When Attica got the ball back at the end of the first half, they tried three passes, none successful thanks in part to good Cloverdale pass defense, and ended up turning the ball over on downs.
The visitors came out at the start of the third quarter and added what turned out to be their final score of the night as they featured Brian Day on the drive.
The remainder of the game was forgettable for the Ramblers as on their next two possessions, they fumbled the ball away.
With the win, Attica earned the right to host North Vermillion for the Sectional 38 championship on Friday.
“We need to get better before next week,” said Good. “Our passing wasn’t what we need it to be, so we’ll be working on that in practice.”
When Attica faced North Vermillion a month ago, the Ramblers were without running and defensive back Carson Davis and lost to the Falcons 28-20.
“His not being there was big on both side of the ball,” said Good. “We’re obviously better when he’s out there – you always want your good athletes on the field.”
Asked if his team will do anything different in preparation for the speed game of the Falcons, Good said they would not.
“We’re going to stick with what we’re doing. I take the attitude of ‘If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it’ and right now it’s working pretty well for us.”
Good gave two reasons why he thinks his team is successful right now.
“We’ve been more aggressive, especially in the last two weeks,” he explained. “We’re really going after things.”
He also gave credit to the attitude of his team, saying, “We don’t get up too high or down too low. We just do our usual things to get ready for each game. We’re treating the sectional games just like a regular season game.”