Cardinals take down Southland

Published 12:19 am Saturday, September 25, 2010

The Southland football team suffered too many set-backs in a 27-14 loss at No. 9 ranked Lewiston/Altura (4-0 overall) Friday night.

The Rebels (3-1 overall) racked up 374 yards of offense, but they lost two fumbles, threw an interception for a touchdown and had two punts blocked.

“You can’t expect to win the game like that,” Southland head coach Shawn Kennedy said. “It was a physical game and (L/A) ready to play ball.”

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One of the Rebels’ lost fumbles came at the five-yard line of L/A.

While their offense struggled with turnovers, Southland’s defense was effective. It held L/A running back Jay Peoples, who was averaging 25 yards per carry, to just 44 yards, but L/A fullback Justin Puetz hammered out 117 yards on 32 carries.

Kennedy said where the Rebels really were hurt was the passing game, where Clint Neumann was 10-for-14 with 74 yards.

“They hurt us on the pass and they’re not known for their passing,” he said. “(Neumann) hit is receivers when he had to.”

Southland, which is ranked No. 6 in Class ‘AA’, had led 7-0 at the half.

Southland passing: Sam Noterman, 9-for-18, 158, 2 TD, INT

Southland receiving: Alan May, 5-for-137, TD; Camden Hurd, 2-for-15, TD; Mike Goergen, 1-for-6; Tyler Kressin, 2-for-0

Southland rushing: Tyler Kressin, 6-for-98; Mike Goergen, 7-for-49; Noterman, 8-for-43; Nick Schmitz, 6-for-26