Longhorns topped by visiting Colts


Clare Pellegrino

The Longhorns look to bounce back against Warrenton on Friday Sept. 25.

The Longhorns lost to the visiting Parkway Central Colts 38-7 Friday, Sept. 18. The Colts relied on their running game that added up to nearly 300 yards on 32 carries.

“It was not the outcome we wanted. At the end of the day we have to start making more plays on both sides of the ball. We left too many opportunities out there on the field that we should have capitalized on,” senior linebacker Evan Shukers said.

The Longhorns offense showed glimpses of big plays sparked by senior running back Nick Lewis who tallied 104 yards on 21 carries. Lewis scored the Longhorns only touchdown late in the second quarter to pull within two scores of the Colts.

“We all can agree that our performance on Friday night was not acceptable. Hopefully we get another chance to rematch Central in districts because that is not the way we are capable of playing,” junior defensive tackle Caleb Carswell said.

Junior linebacker Drew Seers led the team in tackles with 13 on Friday Night.  Seers currently sits atop the conference in tackles with 42.

“It has been a real up and down first half of the season. However, we still have a lot of football left to be played. As a team we need to be more consistent game to game and hopefully we can finish the season strong,” junior tight end Jack Mendonsa said.

Senior cornerback Scott McKnight knew his team needed to regroup after their disappointing loss at home.

“I called a senior only meeting on Sunday to talk about the problems we face as a team right now.  We all got together and discussed what we need to change in order to turn our season around,” McKnight said.

In the first two games the Horns recorded seven turnovers. However, in the past three games the Horns have had zero.

“I think it was a must needed meeting for us. We started the season out so strong winning the first two games, but since then we have struggled as a unit. I feel more confident going into this week that we will be able to turn it around,” senior lineman Michael Leduc said.

The team travels to Warrenton to face the 3-2 Warriors. The Warriors are coming off of a 41-13 loss to St. Charles West. Last season, the Longhorns defeated the Warriors  20-7.

“Our upcoming game against Warrenton is going to be very important,” senior wide receiver Daniel Bickert said. “It is a game that gives us a chance to gain our confidence back. A big win on the road would be huge for us.”