The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

Sports

October 6, 2012

Indians put up another strong fight but fall

CAMANCHE — For the second time this season Camanche showed it could compete with one of the top teams in its district but came up on the losing end.

“I told the kids, it’s a game of inches,” Camanche coach Steve Dougherty said after a 26-11 loss to Cascade. “We’re a half a step too slow to the left, overpursue half a step to the right, the ball bounces off our fingertips. It’s one of those years. We’ve got the level of players that we need. We just can’t put it all together.”

The Indians (2-5, 1-4 Class 2A District 4) had plenty of opportunities Friday night to get a big win.

“We shot ourselves in the foot quite a bit — foolish mistakes, not concentrating, jumping offsides, missing blocks,” Dougherty said. “Oh, the missed blocks. This team is averaging 40 points a game when they win. They were lucky to get 26. We gave them some points.”

Cascade (5-2, 4-0) took a 26-3 lead early in the third quarter on Tyler Ries’ 2-yard touchdown run, his second score of the game. Ries rushed for 126 of Cascade’s 310 total yards.

Mike Osaro returned the ensuing kickoff 57 yards to set up the Indians’ at Cascade’s 21-yard line.

“Mike Osaro is a great returner,” Dougherty said. “Why people kick to him is beyond me. I love it when they do.”

Camanche gained 1 yard on its next two plays and faced third down from the 20. Then Cody Mensinger threw a pass to Osaro in the back corner of the end zone for a Camanche touchdown. Mensinger found Lucas Thiede on the two-point conversion to pull the Indians to 26-11.

Cascade lost a yard and threw an incomplete pass on its next two plays. Then Camanche’s Chod Gilbert intercepted a pass by Cascade quarterback Timmie Kleitsch to set the Indians up 30 yards from the end zone.

On second down, Devin Norman took a pitch to the left and cut back to the middle for a 23-yard gain. Camanche had first and goal from the 7. The Indians were sacked for an 8-yard loss on first down and lost 4 on a running play on second down. They gained 2 yards on third down to face fourth-and-goal from the 17. Camanche went for it but gained only 3 yards.

“That series right after that interception is where we had three really bad mental mistakes,” Dougherty said. “It was three plays in a row that we had three bad mental mistakes. That was one of the key moments where we shot ourselves in the foot over and over and over. If we can take advantage of that, it's a whole new game.”

That was the second time Camanche had first-and-goal and did not score a touchdown. In the second quarter, Camanche’s Zach Nissen recovered a fumble by Ries at Cascade’s 18.

The Indians got a first down on a pass from Mensinger to Osaro to set up first-and-goal from the 5. Again Camanche went backward, facing third down from the 19. Zach Smith kicked a 30-yard field goal to put his team on the board.

“The playcalling could probably improve, and that's strictly on me,” Dougherty said. “We’ve been in the red zone — I don’t know how many times this season — and we’ve done well. It just wasn’t our night.”

On their next possession after the field goal, the Indians faced fourth down near midfield. Mensinger took the snap on a fake punt and threw a 25-yard pass to Thiede.

“It's a nice little spark,” Dougherty said. “It was great execution by the kids on that. There was that one inch that we fought for and won.”

But that spark fizzled out. Camanche got inside the red zone with a third-and-3 at the 17 but threw two incomplete passes to turn the ball over on downs.

Dougherty said he was pleased with his defense, which shut Cascade out over the final 22 minutes.

“I think that's just attitude,” he said. “Coach (Craig) Hilgendorf really works these kids and gets the most out of them. At halftime, a lot of heads were down, a lot of shoulders were slumped. We questioned, 'Hey, is this it? Is this where we just roll over?' But they're not going to do that. These kids work hard. They fight and play for each other and play for coach Hilgendorf. There's a lot of swag out there. They like to hit. There's no question whether we're going to come to play defense. If we do things the way we're supposed to, we can control the game. They gave us every opportunity. Unfortunately, offensively we weren't able to put it together.”

The Indians host Mount Vernon next Friday in their final district game. Despite the postseason seeming like a distant possibility, Dougherty said he wasn’t worried about the effort his team would show.

“Their desire is to be successful,” he said. “These kids work so hard. These seniors have given four years of blood, sweat and tears. The team wants to give them a victory. There's absolutely no doubt in my mind we're going to come out guns a-blazing.”

Text Only
Sports
  • 7-22-14 15 or 17-Airborne tag A rally fit for Kings (with VIDEO)

    ELDRIDGE — It would have been easy for Clinton sophomore Nick Houzenga to be discouraged as he took the mound in the bottom of the first inning of the River Kings’ Class 4A substate semifinal against North Scott.After all, the Lancers had already bui

    July 22, 2014 4 Photos

  • 7-22-14 Photo, Bowlsby Big 12 Commissioner issues warning about future DALLAS — Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby had a dire warning Monday for anyone who likes intercollegiate athletics the way they are now.“You’re going to hate it going forward,” Bowlsby said. “There’s a lot of change coming.”During his opening address

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Trio of Queens earn honors ELDRIDGE -- Three members of the Clinton High softball team were named to the All-Mississippi Athletic Conference honorable mention squad Monday.Junior Cara Brewer and sophomores Sydney Davis and Jenna Stremlow received the honors.Brewer, a catcher-t

    July 22, 2014

  • Assumption spoils Sabers' strong start MAQUOKETA—Things fell apart quickly for the Central DeWitt Sabers on Monday night, as they fell 5-4 to the Davenport Assumption Knights in the Iowa Class 3A District 7 baseball final, ending their 2014 season.The Sabers (21-19-1) had complete control

    July 22, 2014

  • Win completes 4-2 road trip for LumberKings LANSING, Mich. – One day after a walk-off home run spoiled an opportunity for a series win, the Clinton LumberKings responded with a 2-1 series-clinching victory over the host Lansing Lugnuts in a Monday Midwest League baseball matinee at Cooley Law

    July 22, 2014

  • Sale pitches White Sox past Royals CHICAGO — About the only pitch that Chris Sale wouldn’t make Monday night was his case for the American League’s Cy Young Award.Then again, if he keeps pitching like he has so far this season, he won’t have to say much.Sale pitched seven effective in

    July 22, 2014

  • 7-21-14 9-Photo, Cubs Rizzo's big catch backfires PHOENIX — Things are going so badly for the Chicago Cubs, even a spectacular play backfires.First baseman Anthony Rizzo tumbled over a railing and into a camera well to make a catch, but a rule allowed the go-ahead run to score from third and the Cub

    July 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • 7-21-14 8-Photo, Cordova burnout Nitro Jam delivers thrills CORDOVA, Ill. -- Another beautiful night in Illinois gave way to a massive turnout to watch the final rounds of professional drag racing in the IHRA Nitro Jam Summer Nationals on Saturday night at Cordova Dragway Park.The event, returning to Cordova

    July 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • 7-21-14 10-Photo, British Open McIlroy wire-to-wire at British HOYLAKE, England — Walking off the 18th green as the British Open champion, Rory McIlroy kept gazing at all the greats on golf’s oldest trophy.On the claret jug, his name is etched in silver below Phil Mickelson.In the record book, he is listed behin

    July 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • 7-21-14 8-Photo, Marquette softball Last year motivates Marquette WILTON -- Marquette Catholic barely missed making a second consecutive trip to the Iowa softball state tournament a year ago. But, the 3-2 regional final loss to Gilbertville Don Bosco that prevented the return trip is a key reason the Mohawks are he

    July 21, 2014 1 Photo

High School Sports