Arcanum moves the ball in WOAC matchup with Twin Valley South. (Chris Tilton photo)

Arcanum falls to TVS

Young Arcanum football team looks for improvement

WEST ALEXANDRIA – The Trojans defense kept Arcanum in the football game against the Twin Valley South Panthers for about two and a half quarters.  But the offense had problems consistently moving the ball, meaning that the defense spent a lot of time on the field. At halftime it was a 7-0 game in favor of the Panthers. But in the second half fatigue began to take its toll and the host TVS offense gradually wore down the defense and went on to score three more times for the final margin of victory 28-0.

Coach Macy: “We played a pretty good game on defense for about two and half quarters and then fatigue began to get to us. We need to figure out who our playmakers are – someone needs to step up and make big plays. It will happen, we just don’t know who it is yet.”

The Trojan defense made a good show of themselves in the first half. A fumble recovery and then an interception by Garret Garno stopped TVS drives. Garno had 2 pick offs in his first game and so he is proving to be a threat to teams that throw his way. South did themselves no favors with numerous first half penalties. At one point, the team had driven down to the Arcanum 6-yard line.  But penalties and then a stiff Arcanum defense forced TVS to turn over the ball on downs. To this point, the Arcanum defense was proving to be a bend but don’t break style of defense.

With about a minute on the clock before halftime South took a time out and set up a wildcat formation with Cole Bishop taking the snap. He raced 62 yards for a touchdown which gave South the lead going into the locker room. Except for this one big play, Arcanum had played a decent half and were very much in striking distance going into the second half.

The offense did get some first downs in the first half, but had problems sustaining drives. They tried a number of offensive schemes – open back field, shotgun formation, and even a t-formation.  But the South defense seemed to have an answer for almost every play.  Still they had not made many mistakes as far as turnovers and penalties.

“South did a great job with their defense and we didn’t execute very well on offense. They put together a very good game plan. We are just not mentally executing the way we should – and we just didn’t execute against their defense.”

However, in the second half the turnover bug began to bite. South had just scored on their first possession and Arcanum was now down by two scores.  They tried to get fancy on their first possession of the second half with a double reverse only to have a handoff muffed and it was TVS who fell on the ball. South took advantage of the short field and quickly scored off of this turnover.

South later got an interception and a fumble recovery to end two more Arcanum drives in the second half. Arcanum was trying to get back in the game, but miscues were preventing them from making any headway. But thanks to a Benner Farmer fumble recovery, Arcanum had one more chance to prevent a shutout. The turnover put the ball on the 38-yard line of Arcanum.

Arcanum’s last drive of the night looked promising as they passed and ran the ball down to the 26-yard line thanks in part to a long carry by Dakota Kendig. There was about 4-minutes left on the clock at this point, so there was plenty of time to score. But frustrations erupted on the field as an ugly fight broke out after a play. The field was littered with handkerchiefs. Players were sent to the bench by both sides. This loss of momentum and personnel caused the best drive of the night for Arcanum to sputter out and South took over on downs.

It was a tough night for Arcanum and next week they will host the Mississinawa Valley Blackhawks who defeated Dixie 55-0.

Arcanum head football coach Matt Macy. (Chris Tilton photo)
Arcanum makes a gain in road game at TVS. (Chris Tilton photo)
Arcanum varsity cheerleaders. (Chris Tilton photo)
(Chris Tilton photo)
(Chris Tilton photo)

Chris Tilton / Correspondent

Chris Tilton has covered sports in Southwest Ohio for the past 23 years and has lived in Southwest Ohio most of his life. He is mostly retired and continues to enjoy travel in the USA and hs been to Asia and Europe. Chris continues to work as a freelance writer. His Hobbies include fishing and computer gaming. Chris lives on a 32 acre farm in the Camden area. He has 10 grandchildren the he enjoys spending time with when he is not covering sports or traipsing around the country.

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