By Travis Smola
The Vicksburg varsity football team suffered its first loss of the season against Edwardsburg in a 44-7 blowout on Bulldog home turf.
The Bulldogs struggled to get anything going on either side of the ball as they were consistently forced to punt. “We’ve got to look at the film, lick our wounds and get better,” head coach Tom Marchese said.
He noted how the inexperience in the team’s front five defensive linemen showed in the game. The Bulldogs just couldn’t come up with an answer for the trap running plays Edwardsburg burned them with all evening. “They won both lines of scrimmage,” Marchese said.
The one bright spot for the Bulldogs came near the end of the second quarter. With time running down, senior quarterback Brenden Lovell was able to hit multiple receivers for big plays to keep the chains moving. A few hard runs by junior running back Garrett Ketelaar helped push the ball down to the Edwardsburg one yard line.
Lovell capped off the drive himself with a one-yard scoring run. Sophomore Joe Brady tacked on the PAT. Fortunately for the Bulldogs, Marchese said the players will get a little time off this weekend to rest and recover from the rough loss before they take on Allegan at the home community tailgate game next Friday, September 9.