Loss against Milford-Dorchester prepares Scouts for future

Senior Logan Detmer jumps to attempt a pass from fellow senior Dustin Papa as the Eagles try to block it. Detmer led the team in receiving with two successful catches and one of them to go for a touchdown.

Becca Meusch

The David City Scouts fell short 34-7 on Friday, Sept. 11. against the Milford-Dorchester Eagles. Although the Scouts had trouble putting points on the board, they managed to stay within striking distance in the first half.

The Eagles struck with the first points of the night on a successful 35-yard field goal. This left them ahead of the Scouts 3-0 until the end of the first quarter. With only seven seconds left in the quarter, Milford-Dorchester scored a touchdown after a 16-yard run. The point after kick was good, leaving the Eagles ahead 10-0 in the first quarter.

The Scouts scored in the first half led by a 21-yard pass completion from senior Dustin Papa to fellow senior Logan Detmer for a touchdown. This was followed by a great showing by freshman kicker Douglas Alvarado who added an extra point. Unfortunately, the Eagles were able to run for another touchdown followed by a successful kick for an extra point to end the first half 17-7.

“We played okay the first half, but the second half we couldn’t tackle well,” junior Ross Kirby said. “[Milford] definitely played physical and stopped us on the offensive side of the ball.”

Unfortunately penalties and an interception led to a Milford-Dorchester touchdown in the second half. The Scouts found themselves down 31-7 at the end of the third quarter.

The Eagles had one last score early in the fourth quarter with a 23-yard field goal. The score at the end of regulation was 34-7 Milford. Head Coach Amp Ferg said that the team has great senior leadership and captains and they know what they need to achieve. They do their job “calm, cool, and collected,” Ferg said.

“We can always work on little things like tackling, taking the correct angles, and making sure we do things right every game,” Ferg said. “We ran the ball with some success at times against Milford, but we weren’t consistent enough. I think our guys played with tons of effort and heart.”

Despite the loss, senior Brandon Theewen led all rushers with 86 yards on the night, averaging 5.7 yards per carry. Although the Scouts led in time of possession, they were not able to capitalize in total offense. Detmer also led the Scouts in receptions for a total of 24 yards in the game.

The Scouts’ next opponent is the Norfolk Catholic Knights at home on Friday, Sept. 18.

“If we practice like we play, and show up Friday night excited and ready to perform 100 percent every down, we might just even upset the world by getting a win against Norfolk Catholic,” senior Devin Betzen said. “We look forward to fixing our problems, working harder, and getting better.”