Football: Offense falters as Elsie Allen falls to Emery, 34-0

By RICHARD J. MARCUS
FOR THE PRESS DEMOCRAT

Elsie Allen’s winning ways were short-lived as the Lobos lost to visiting Emery on Friday night in a non-league match-up.

A week after the Lobos’ (1-3) 34-0 victory over Willits ended a 28-game losing streak they suffered a 34-0 loss to the Spartans (3-1).

The Lobos aren’t expecting another losing streak.

“I don’t think so. The players will come back and work hard on Monday,” Lobos coach Madison Lott said.

“We have a lot of sophomores and juniors.”

Emery (Emeryville) wasted little time in establishing control. After stopping the Lobos’ opening drive to the Spartans manufactured a 64-yard march capped by a 30-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Nate Walker to Elijha Lucy. The Spartans threw a pass for a 2-point conversion and an 8-0 lead midway through the first quarter.

After two more stalled Lobos’ drives, the Spartans tacked on another touchdown via an 8-yard run by Ronald Kidd for a 14-0 Emery lead early in the second quarter.

Elsie Allen’s defense stiffened for the remainder of the quarter and they trailed 14-0 at half.

“I thought our defense played well in the first half,” Lott said. “I’m very disappointed in our (offensive) execution,” Lott said. “We killed ourselves on offensive drives. We controlled the ball in the second quarter but we couldn’t punch it in.”

The third quarter started with the Lobos gift-wrapping a touchdown for the Spartans on an errant long-snap that sailed over the head of punter Mike Van Guilder into the end-zone. Emery’s Josh Briggs outran others to the end zone and fell on the ball for a 20-0 Spartans lead.

Emery padded its lead in the fourth quarter with a 12-yard Walker scoring run and a nine-yard run by Marquis Parks.

“Our defense got worn out in the second half,” Lott said. “They just whipped us. Emery is very athletic. Their quarterback was good. He got to the outside on us. This is the best Emery team they have had in the three times we have faced them.”

The only suspense for most of the contest was whether the Lobos would get on the scoreboard. Elsie Allen’s only legitimate scoring threat was extinguished in the second quarter when quarterback Jalen Busby got intercepted at the Emery 20-yard line.

“I just wish we would have executed better,” Lott said.

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