Turnovers key Loyal Homecoming rout
Loyal’s defense made the first big plays of the game and the offense took over from there as the Greyhounds evened their Cloverwood Conference record at 3-3 with a 41-14 Homecoming win over Wisconsin Rapids Assumption on Sept. 26.
Despite coming into the game with only one win, Assumption looked strong in its first drive. Helped along by a roughing-the-passer penalty, the Royals drove into the Greyhound red zone and looked poised to strike first. That changed quickly when Greyhound senior lineman Josh Zupanc scooped up a Royal fumble and carried it back 82 yards for a touchdown. Nick Rueth’s conversion kick put the Hounds up 7-0 with 8:13 to go in the opening quarter.
Assumption returned the following kick-off almost to the exact spot where it had just fumbled, setting up its second red zone possession. The Loyal defense came up big again, stopping a Royal fourth-down run to get the ball back on downs.
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