SEDAN — A four-game win streak to open the season had the Sedan Blue Devils on an emotional high heading into the back half of the 2018 season. Yet, SHS still has plenty of work to do as it tries to make a push to the playoffs.
Making just their second home appearance of the season, the Blue Devils were steamrolled by visiting Cedar Vale/Dexter, 64-32, in a key Eight Man I-District 1 matchup on Sept. 28 at Prather Field.
“We were all very disappointed in the way we performed,” said Blue Devil coach Mick Holt. “We played very passively all night long, while CVD came right after us. CVD is a good team. Their offensive line did a great job staying engaged with their blocks, while their running back ran extremely hard. Our defense didn’t fight through blocks, nor did we tackle well. However, the most glaring stat is our six turnovers. You can’t give the ball to the opposition six times and expect to be successful. We made a good run in the third quarter but could never get the defensive stop that we needed.”
This was the first loss of the season for Sedan, which dropped to 4-1 overall and 1-1 in district play. The Blue Devils were coming off a 38-34 road win at Oswego in the district opener one week earlier. SHS will try to bounce back as it travels to Rosalia for another district contest against Flinthills. The Mustangs stand at 1-4 overall and 0-2 in District 1 following a 56-6 loss at Central of Burden last week.
Sedan had no answer for the CVD running game, particularly that of Brogan Myers. The sophomore running back carried the ball 34 times for 215 yards and had nine … yes, nine … rushing touchdowns. As a team, CVD finished with 424 total yards, including 302 on the ground.
Myers kicked off the scoring early in the contest with a six-yard touchdown run before the Blue Devils responded with a 64-yard scoring strike from Dameion Hatten to Layton Sears to even things up at 6-all. Myers was at it again on an 18-yard run and then ran in the conversion, but Sedan once again came back with a 32-yard scoring scamper from Sears to get back within two. Before the end of the opening quarter, Myers was in the end zone for a third time — this time from 69 yards out — to put the Spartans up 20-12 after 12 minutes of action.
CVD then opened things up before halftime. After a touchdown pass, Myers went in for touchdowns No. 4 and 5 on runs of 25 and four yards to give the visiting team a 38-12 edge at the break.
The Blue Devils tried to get back in it during the second half. Ronald Davis dove into the end zone from a yard away, and Sears ran in the conversion to get back within 18 at 38-20. Myers once again broke loose on a 25-yard scramble for a score. Hatten added six to the Sedan total on a 50-yard run later in the third quarter to narrow the gap to 44-26.
SHS got as close as 12 in the fourth quarter following a four-yard TD pass from Hatten to Cody Joslin. But Cedar Vale/Dexter finished the game strong with three more scores from Myers on runs of six, nine and 11 yards to blow the game wide open.
Sedan finished the game with 348 total yards, including 205 on the ground by way of 29 carries. Hatten, who passed for 143 yards in the contest, also had a team-high 106 yards rushing on 13 carries for the Blue Devils. Sears nearly hit the century mark in receiving with two catches for 93 yards.