Billy Cannada Staff Writer
October 3, 2013
POWDERSVILLE – The Powdersville High football team will be looking for a quick turnaround after a devastating overtime loss to Crescent last Friday night.
Despite holding Crescent scoreless for the final 10 minutes of Friday night’s shootout, the Patriots could not hand on in overtime as they were defeated by a score of 44-42.
Powdersville coach Robert Mustar said his team struggled to slow down a Crescent’s fast moving offense early on, costing them opportunities to keep the game close.
“They have a style of offense that is opposite of what we do. We like to spread the ball out and they like to tighten things up. They’re very good at what they do,” Mustar said. “Our defense had a very hard time stopping them.”
In the closing moments of Friday night’s game, Crescent scored a touchdown and converted a two-point conversion, forcing Powdersville to go for two after their first overtime score.
The Patriots did not convert, resulting in the team’s first region loss of the season.
“We were down by 15 at one point and came back,” Mustar said. “I was very pleased with our effort. Our kids fought the whole way through and never gave up. It was a tough loss, but we’ve got to put that one behind us and get ready for Landrum this week.”
Mustar said he saw sensational play from his star quarterback Jordan Smith, who acquired six total touchdowns on the night.
“Jordan probably played his best game Friday night,” Mustar said. “He threw for four touchdowns and rushed for two. He was making some great decisions and our offensive line gave him some chances to make plays. Our offense probably played one of their better games this year.”
Looking ahead, Mustar said he knows his team will have its hands full against Landrum. The Patriots will host Landrum Friday at 7:30 p.m.
“Landrum is a really good football team and I know they are going to be coached well,” Mustar said. “They are similar to what we do and their quarterback is one of their better athletes. He does a lot for them so we’re going to have to key in on him and try to eliminate some of their big plays.”