The Ottumwa Courier


October 31, 2013

The Blue Demons prevail despite nasty conditions


"These guys [Louisa-Muscatine] run the double wing and there's a lot of motion and on every play; there are four backs who could get the ball," Staton said. "So it's very deceptive and very deceiving. They ran it well and they had the perfect field for it — this mushy, wet field we had. So we had to come back and really play hard to get it under control."

Things didn't go swimmingly for the Blue Demons to start the game. For one thing, the downpour made it extremely hard for either team to hang onto the ball: Each team suffered from a pair of Mother Nature-induced fumbles that were recovered by their opponents. The Falcons were able to land the first stiff blow of the night when Austin Bohling ran for a 5-yard touchdown. The Blue Demon defense, however, was able to bear down and prevent the Falcons' from scoring on their two-point conversion attempt.

Albia put together a drive of its own near the end of the first quarter — a number of strong runs by Schultz landed the Blue Demons on Louisa-Muscatine's 4-yard line. Moments later, Schultz took the handoff and plowed his way into the end zone. After Brenden Bassett kicked the extra point, Albia had secured its first lead of the game at 7-6.

While the Falcons continued to generate offense, mostly on runs by Kemp and Tomer; they were never able to get back into the end zone. Every time Louisa-Muscatine looked like they were about to score, the Blue Demon defense would come through with a huge defensive stand.

Albia's second scoring drive, which occurred in the second quarter, was spearheaded by its quarterback Brett Leshen. First Leshen scurried for a 13-yard game that left the Blue Demons with a first down on Louisa-Muscatine's 31-yard line. Then, a few plays later, Leshen raced 25 yards for a touchdown on a quarterback keeper that gave his team a 14-6 lead with 7:44 left in the half.

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