The Subiaco Academy Trojans found themselves in a competitive game against Pottsville, one of the favorites in the 4-4A conference race, with four minutes to play in the first half last Friday.
With Pottsville leading 15-7, Subiaco Academy’s offense had the ball and was moving out of their end of the field. Then, a bad exchange in the backfield caused the Trojans to fumble. Pottsville recovered at the Subiaco 35 and punched in the score.
On the next Subiaco possession, quarterback Kelly Hollis, playing his first full game in two weeks after recovering from a hamstring injury, was trying to get extra yardage and Pottsville forced another fumble. Pottsville recovered the fumble at the Subiaco 45 and punched in the score.
Instead of 15-7, it was suddenly 29-7 at the half and the Trojans never recovered. Pottsville went on to win 49-14.
"We’re not yet good enough to overcome mistakes made against good teams," Subiaco coach Mike Berry said. "We made some mistakes and they made us pay.
"Two possessions turned it from a competitive game to us being behind," Berry said.
This Friday, the Trojans face the other conference favorite when they host the Booneville Bearcats at Rebsamen Stadium on the Subiaco Academy campus. Kick off is at 7 p.m.
Hollis rushed the ball eight times for 95 yards. He completed six of 12 passes for 69 yards. Julius Lewis rushed 17 times for 46 yards and scored a touchdown. Subiaco’s other score came from Brennon Felterman.
Hollis also led the defense in tackles, getting 12. Andrew Komp, playing linebacker in place of the injured Christian Lowery (broken arm, out for season), had seven tackles.
Against Booneville, Subiaco (2-2 for the season and 0-1 in conference place) faces another tough opponent.
"It’s a tall order, but we’re going to try to get better as a team," Berry said.