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MC Weekly

September 18, 2013

Homecoming win sends Peru gridders to 4-0

Mac, North Miami also post wins in Week 4.

(Continued)

Peru visits Cass this week.

MACONAQUAH 47, EASTERN 0

In a 42-9 loss to Mississinewa in its home opener in Week 2, Maconaquah had several bad breaks snowball out of control in a blowout loss.

In Friday night's 47-0 home romp over Eastern, the Braves made their own breaks.

Maconaquah shut down the Comets' rushing attack and allowed very few big plays, while showing strong rushing and passing attacks on offense in a game where it imposed its will on the opponent, bouncing back from a 61-14 loss at Hamilton Heights last week.

"Our attitudes are a lot better and we're a lot more certain of what we're doing," Maconaquah coach Mark Hartman said. "Defensively, we're playing a lot more aggressively and a lot more disciplined. That showed [Friday] night with a zero on [Eastern's side of] the scoreboard."

The Braves (2-2, 1-1 Mid-Indiana Conference) limited Eastern to 20 rushing yards on 27 carries, leaving the Comets one-dimensional. Eastern was limited to two drives that reached the red zone, including a drive down to the Maconaquah two-yard line with its first possession of the second half, a drive which ended after a seven-yard loss on a run play and an intentional grounding penalty. Maconaquah allowed no rushing plays longer than eight yards, and allowed only one pass play longer than 17, a 22-yard strike on the last play of the first half.

"Maconaquah is big and physical, and they brought it [Friday] night," Eastern coach Josh Edwards said. "They impressed me on film. They do a lot of nice things but have shot themselves in the foot some. I thought they handled us pretty well inside the box. Their linebackers and defensive line stifled us. We knew they were going to bring pressure, and we didn't do a very good job of hitting our hot routes with quarterback and receiver. When they bring more than you can block, you have to make sure you execute that. If you don't you're going to have a long night like we did."

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