(October 17th, 2014)-ARCHBOLD: Despite out gaining the Blue Streaks offensively, Montpelier suffered a 35-13 defeat at the hands of Archbold on Friday night.
The Locos played keep away with Archbold, holding on to the ball for 31:13 and running 72 plays in the game. As a point of comparison, this tactic left the Blue Streaks with just 16:47 and 34 plays to move the ball. However, Archbold made those plays count, averaging 7.6 yards per snap versus Montpelier’s 4.3.
The reason this strategy backfired for the Locomotives is likely because, with limited snaps, Archbold decided to focus almost solely on the running game. In fact, 257 of their 259 yards came on the ground. It’s always risky to be one-dimensional on offense, but the Montpelier defense has shown that it struggles to contain the edges, leaving runners to make one guy miss for big gains on outside running plays.
The Locos also had a productive day rushing, putting up 197 yards of their own. Dallas Royer ran for 97 of those yards on 21 carries. Bryce Cooley, who is starting to work his way into the rotation for Montpelier, gained 52 yards on 10 attempts, also scoring a touchdown. Quarterback Dylan Snyder, coming off of his return last week, struggled a bit running the ball, earning 34 yards on 17 rushes.
Snyder also passed for 115 yards, a touchdown, and an interception while completing 8 of his 20 pass attempts. Nate McCord caught half of said completions, racking up 72 yards and that touchdown as well. Jared Lyons made 1 reception fo 23 yards, while Dallas Royer made a 10 yard catch out of the backfield.
With 312 total yards, it was turnovers that seemed to hinder the Locomotives scoring, with the team handing Archbold the ball 3 times. No matter how well an offense is moving the ball, a turnover is a critical mistake that can render an entire drive nothing more than a waste of time.
For the Locomotive defense, they didn’t see a lot of work due to the limited number of plays Archbold was able to run. Yet, when they were on the field, they were decimated by that strong Blue Streak rushing attack.
One defensive highlight, however, was Cody Caudill intercepting one of Archbold quarterback Derek Walker’s 4 passes on the night.
A sound strategy and solid offense wasn’t enough for Montpelier to get by Archbold. Turnover will ruin just about any strategy, though.
Montpelier will regroup and travel to Bryan this week. It will be interesting to see how each team reacts after their respective losses last Friday.