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Offensive struggles continue; Bloohounds lose to Falcons 33-0

September 19, 2016

WEST BURLINGTON — The defense did what it could, but Fort Madison High School’s offense only picked up five first downs, and West Burlington/Notre Dame’s varsity football team shut out the Bloodhounds 33-0 Friday night at Bill Nelson Field.

Unlike the previous two opponens for FMHS, West Burlington didn’t overpower the Hounds. The Falcons led only 13-0 at halftime and amassed more than 50 yards in penalties.

The defense did a better job of containment, at least for the first half.

“It’s still a tale of two halves,” said FMHS coach Andy Mitchell. “We played a heck of a first half. But in the second half we stopped tackling.”

The Falcons scored on two of its first three possessions after intermission and then ran the clock out on their fourth possession.

West Burlington forced FMHS to punt to start the second half, and Tanner Snodgrass had a big return to the Bloodhounds’ 33. Rodrigo Ramos rushed three times, scoring on a 17-yard run for the score.

But that’s when Fort Madison let its frustrations get the best of them. A flag flew right away for a personal foul on one Bloodhound but before that was sorted out, another flag flew for another Hound’s personal foul.

“We got frustrated,” Coach Mitchell said. “It’s a matter of maturity with the young guys, and it led to disaster. We’ve got to fight through the mental frustration.”

West Burlington missed the extra point — leaving the score at 19-0 — and took the 30-yard penalty on the kickoff. The kick sailed into the end zone from from the Hounds’ 30.

FMHS then followed with one of its longer drives of the season: 12 plays for 44 yards and three first downs covering six minutes. But it ended on a fourth-and-seven from the Falcons 36 with quarterback Lennon Barker sacked for an eight-yard loss.

Then on the Falcons’ second play from scrimmage, Alec Craft dove on a loose ball, and the Hounds took over from the West Burlington 38.

The Hounds were stopped after three downs, however, and the only highlight after that was a 14-yard pass from Barker to Landon Bentley late in the game.

Brian Brem scored the other TD in the second half, and he and Ramos each scored one in the first half.

Great plans

Coach Mitchell said, “I thought both offensively and defensively we had great game plans.

“But we didn’t block again. We were outmatched physically,” Mitchell said. “We need to block better. Our quarterback can’t be running for his life.”

West Burlington coach Nick Breuer agreed that “they came out with a good game plan. We still have yet to get it going on offense.

“Fort Madison played really well and took us out of our game.”

Perhaps West Burlington took the Hounds lightly. “We weren’t focused,” Breuer said. “We were being complacent. Now they understand we’ve got to come to play.”

Shance Redd-Donald and Quentin Estrada each made six solos and two assists. Tyler O’Tool had four solos, five assists, Clayon Poe had four solos and three assists, and Alex Gully and Diego Lozano had four solos and two assists. Lorenzo Riles had four solos and an assist. Dalton Mabeus had four tackles and Brady Reynolds three.

Offensively, Redd-Donald had 10 carries for 37 yards for the only significan gain. Bentley caught two passes from Barker for 18 yards.