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Warriors Fall to Grizzlies

by Julian Aramendi

October 10, 2018

A writer would be either an egomaniac or a great fool to try to paint last Friday’s 48-0 loss in Mankato in a positive light on the whole; the plain fact is that the Southern Cloud Warriors played against a better team and met with defeat.  The opposition piled up nearly 400 yards rushing in just over two quarters of play.  Additionally, the already ailing Warriors found themselves battling more injuries as the game progressed.  Your faithful scribe thus refuses to insult your intelligence by trying to persuade you to a conclusion directly contravened by salient facts. 

However, not all was doom and gloom for the visitors.  Of particular note were the performances of youngsters and newcomers.  Take freshman Gabe Rice.  Rice played almost the entire second quarter at defensive tackle; he made three solo stops and an assist.  His playing time came by virtue of two weeks of steadily improving practice reps.  He went up against players perhaps twice his size and made several positive plays for his team.

Another first-year player who stepped into the rotation was Matt Paillet.  He won’t soon forget making a tackle for a short gain on Rock Hills’ Zane Colson, an All-Stater with north of 3000 career rushing yards. 

Dusty Mason secured a starting spot early in the season.  The diminutive defender gathered a team-leading seven solo tackles; he added four assists.  Mason has improved week to week, enduring the struggles youngsters inevitably suffer in playing against older opponents.  

Junior Tony Duggin, a transfer who hails from the Ukraine, also worked his way into the game on Friday.  Duggin also managed a tackle.  His younger brother, Mike, was on the field for a failed Rock Hills conversion attempt. 

Still another freshman, Evan Custer, has worked his way into the starting lineup.  Custer manned the left guard position beginning in week 2.  He was ruled out with an injury before the Rock Hills tilt, as was right guard Jake Comstock; Kaury Stout, Konnor Sutton, and Kaeleb Mock filled in for the two during Friday’s contest.  The two Cs should replace the triple Ks this week at the guard spots, as Custer and Comstock should be healthy enough to resume their offensive roles. 

The Warriors will take the field Friday against the Bulldogs of Linn for the Southern Cloud Homecoming game. 


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