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Early Miscues Sink Trojans – Rock Creek Christian Academy Soars to Dominating Victory // @mcdathletics @RCCA_rb

Written by: on Saturday, October 16th, 2021

 

It’s tough to win when you spot your opponent 20 points due to mental errors, bad snaps, and turnovers. And it makes it almost impossible when you do it against a team with as much talent as Rock Creek Christian Academy out of Maryland. 

That’s exactly how the McDowell Trojans started the game, forcing the offense to try to play catch-up early. But it was more than McDowell making mental mistakes; the Rock Creek Christian Academy Eagles showcased plenty of talent on both sides of the ball on its way to a 50-10 victory at McDowell High School on Friday night. 

“This loss was a combination of us playing an extremely talented football team and us not playing well. We gave them opportunities because of our turnovers,” head coach Bo Orlando said after the game. 

Running back Roberto Alvarez set the tone for the Eagle’s offense early with two rushing touchdowns, putting Rock Creek up 12-0 halfway through the first quarter. Add on an interception and return for a touchdown on McDowell’s next possession, and the Eagles quickly led 20-0 at halftime.

Coming out of the locker room after the half, it looked as if McDowell could be poised for a comeback. The Trojans scored on its first possession of the 2nd half with a 28-yard field goal, cutting the lead to 20-3. 

“At the start of the second half, our kids came out and responded,” coach Orlando said. “But after that, we just didn’t respond.”

And after that quick burst from the Trojans, it was all Eagles for the rest of the game. 

Much of the reason McDowell had trouble moving the ball on offense was due to the speed of Rock Creek’s defensive backs and its athletic defensive line. And as the game continued, the Eagle’s offensive line, three of which were 6’7 and over 300lb, began to wear down the Trojan defense, giving Eagle’s quarterback Jordan Morse more opportunities to throw the ball and connect with receivers downfield. All of these factors contributed to Rock Creek’s lopsided victory despite 16 penalties committed by the Eagles.

McDowell falls to 6-1. Rock Creek improves to 5-1.

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