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Cards drop fifth straight

Medical Lake scores but points come off defense in 15-6 loss


October 5, 2017

Medical Lake football put the scoring drought behind them, but unfortunately it was not on offense in a 15-6 loss to Riverside in a Northeast A League football game played Sept. 29 in Colbert.

The Cardinals (0-3 NEA, 0-5 overall) got an interception return from Austin Kokesh for a pick-six touchdown and led 6-0 with 10 minutes, 14 seconds to play in the first quarter.

“Uriah Taylor did a great job of coming out of coverage to pressure the quarterback,” head coach Mo Owen wrote in an email. “Austin Kokesh hustled to get into the flat and the QB passes it right to him; he is a wide receiver so he knew what to do with it.”

But that was it for ML as the Rams got a safety when a snap on a punt sailed out of the end zone with a minute to play. The teams battled the rest of the first half until Riverside got a 10-yard run from Michael Zanoni for what would prove to be the winning points.

Riverside did not seal the contest until the 10:01 mark of the fourth quarter when Ryan Herzo scored from 16 yards out on a run.

“I really thought we played better,” Owen said. “We just had a few mistakes at critical times.” Some third and fourth down conversions could have kept some drives going.

Again the Cardinals were nearly non-existent on offense, generating just 64 total yards. Riverside had 298, including 184 on the ground. The Rams enjoyed a huge 31 minute, 51 second to 16:09 edge in time of possession.

“We dropped two touchdown passes which would have also played a big role in the outcome,” Owen said.

Next up is league-leading Colville who comes to Holliday Field Friday for a 7 p.m. kickoff. The Indians are 3-0 in NEA play and 4-1 overall.

“This is the toughest league in state with as good of an “A” division as I have seen in Washington state in a long time,” Owen said. “There are no easy games.”

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