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The Carthage Press
  • Bears overcome turnovers, penalties in 27-6 win

  • Overcoming several turnovers and penalties, the Sarcoxie football team improved to 2-0 on the season with a 27-6 victory at Diamond Friday night.
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  • Overcoming several turnovers and penalties, the Sarcoxie football team improved to 2-0 on the season with a 27-6 victory at Diamond Friday night.
    "I didn't feel like we executed as well as we did in week one," Sarcoxie head coach Luke Rader said. "We kind of shot ourselves in the foot with turnovers at times and penalties."
    Luckily for the Bears, the team's potent running game was at it again Friday. Jade Bloss rushed 22 times for 216 yards and Logan Jones rushed 12 times for 105 yards as Sarcoxie tallied 409 yards rushing on a soggy field. Ryder Cox, who rushed for 164 yards last week against McAuley, missed the Diamond game with an injury.
    Sarcoxie scored twice in the first quarter on Bloss touchdowns before things went south in the second quarter. The Bears threw an interception on their first possession of the second and fumbled on the next two before scoring on their last possession of the half to take a 21-0 lead into the half.
    Diamond broke the shutout with a touchdown in the fourth quarter before Sarcoxie added a fourth score for the three-touchdown win.
    "I was pretty impressed with Diamond," Rader said. "The fact that they never laid down and they never quit. They kept fighting us and they made it tough on us in the second half. Their field held up pretty well. It was wet but it wasn't too muddy. I was disappointed in our penalties. We had three touchdowns called back and a lot of turnovers."
    Rader gave credit to the team's offensive line and defensive unit.
    "I was pretty happy with our defense stepping up with that many turnovers and being able to hold them to one score late in the game. I felt like we played pretty well defensively."
    Rader also praised the unselfish nature of the Bears' backfield on offense.
    "It shows just how good of kids we have at running back," he said. "The fact that none of them are getting the huge stats but they understand that to win games we're going to have to spread the ball around and we've got a little depth at running back so they're okay with not having the huge stats. They're more worried about winning games."
    Even with the turnovers and penalties, Sarcoxie moved to 2-0 with a game against Lockwood looming next week.
    "That's what I told the kids afterwards," Rader said. "It's better to learn from a win than it is from a loss. Being 2-0 and 1-0 in the conference is where we want to be. We just need to fix those things for the future."

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