Deming rushes for 235 yards, 4 TDs, but Southwood extends Rochester skid to 10
BY VAL TSOUTSOURIS
Sports Editor, RTC
WABASH –- Mo Lloyd ran for 156 yards and four touchdowns and also threw for 144 yards and a score to lead the Southwood football team to a 45-26 win over visiting Rochester Friday.
Isaiah Sutton added 215 yards and a touchdown rushing, and Cole Winer had seven receptions for 124 yards and a touchdown for the Knights, who won their 33rd consecutive regular season game. Joey Bland also had a touchdown run.
Southwood has not lost a regular season game since a loss to North Miami in 2017, and they have not lost to Rochester since 2014.
Sophomore fullback Alex Deming ran for 235 yards and scored all four Rochester touchdowns. Antonio Schlosser had a two-point conversion run in the fourth quarter.
Rochester amassed 386 yards of total offense, all rushing. They also won the turnover battle – they had one giveaway while Southwood had two – but could not prevent their 10th consecutive loss.
“The kids executed OK,” Rochester first-year coach Ron Shaffer said. “We weren’t crisp all the time, and we can’t afford to have negative plays. We were too often in third-and-longs where we don’t want to be. … Confidence-wise, I think they know they can score and they can play, but we’ve got to be able to execute better all the time.”
The Zebras have not won a game since a 43-22 win over Delphi on Oct. 25, 2019 in a sectional quarterfinal.
The game was played in muggy conditions with game-time temperatures in the low-80s, and the game featured multiple water breaks. Still, multiple players had to be subbed out to cramps.
Southwood scored the first 13 points of the game and never trailed. Rochester cut the deficit to 13-6 on Deming’s 3-yard touchdown run with 3:15 left in the half. It capped a seven-play, 63-yard drive that started when Marshall Fishback recovered a fumbled Southwood center-quarterback exchange at the Zebra 37.
The drive included a 35-yard Payton Luhnow run on a counter in which he cut back left into open space.
The touchdown marked the Zebras’ first points against Southwood since 2015.
But Southwood responded. Winer returned the ensuing kickoff to the Southwood 48, and he caught a 30-yard touchdown pass from Lloyd five plays later, outleaping a Rochester defender on a second-and-22 play that gave Southwood a 20-6 lead with 38.1 seconds left in the half.
“It was pretty pivotal,” Shaffer said of Winer’s touchdown catch. “We wanted to get a stop there. We had kind of recaptured momentum and had them on their heels a little bit. They were getting tired. We were already tired. And that’s on me as a coach. But I thought that play really hurt us.”
It was not Winer’s first big catch. Winer also had a 25-yard reception in which he outmaneuvered two Rochester defenders on a third-and-15 play in the first quarter. That set up a 12-yard Lloyd touchdown run on a quarterback draw.
Schlosser intercepted Lloyd on Southwood’s first possession of the second half, and he returned it 22 yards to the Zebra 40.
But the drive stalled – two false start penalties did not help – and after a punt, Southwood drove 76 yards in three plays with Lloyd shedding defenders on a drive-capping 21-yard scoring run to make it 26-6.
Two plays after a Colton Ferverda fumble, Sutton, who is listed at 5-7, zipped 56 yards for a touchdown to make it 32-6.
Rochester scored on their final three possessions. Deming had a 33-yard touchdown run in which he bobbled a pitch but was able to turn the corner and straddle the sideline. Then he had a 2-yard scoring run to cap a drive that also included a 43-yard run from Schlosser. He finished his night with a 35-yard run that he broke to the right sideline.
But Lloyd and the Knights matched him score for score.
Rochester started out in a 3-4 defense and played that defense for most of the game. They did not show that defense in the scrimmage against Winamac last week.
“It’s been something we’ve been working on, so it wasn’t just a spur-of-the-moment thing,” Shaffer said. “We knew we had to be able to do that to help defend the pass against them. That was the game plan from the start. The 4-2-5 (defense) would have spread us too thin in the secondary, so we wanted to add an extra guy in the secondary.”
Southwood coach Dave Snyder said halftime adjustments were made to counter the Rochester 3-4, which he wasn’t expecting. He said he didn’t have a grease board and had to gesture with his hands to his players the adjustments he wanted to make, especially with regards to blocking schemes.
“Rochester’s improved quite dramatically,” Snyder said. “Some of their young kids are growing up and stuff. But yeah, they run it pretty well. They did some nice things. We couldn’t stop the belly (play) when they run that jet motion. And we couldn’t stop trap.
“We’ll get better.”
Southwood 45, Rochester 26
Rochester 0 6 6 14 – 26
Southwood 13 7 12 13 – 45
SW – Joey Bland 4 run (Cole Winer kick)
SW – Mo LLoyd 12 run (kick failed)
RHS – Alex Deming 3 run (run failed)
SW – Winer 30 pass from Lloyd (Winer kick)
SW – Lloyd 21 run (run failed)
SW – Isaiah Sutton 56 run (pass failed)
RHS – Deming 33 run (run failed)
SW – Lloyd 2 run (Winer kick)
RHS – Deming 2 run (run failed)
SW – Lloyd 64 run (run failed)
RHS – Deming 35 run (Antonio Schlosser run)
Aug. 20 RTC area scoreboard
Southwood 45, Rochester 26
Manchester 42, North Miami 6
Tippecanoe Valley 42, Wawasee 7 (nonconference)
Prairie Heights 39, Whitko 7 (nonconference)
Bluffton 20, Northfield 7 (nonconference)
Lapel 44, Wabash 7 (nonconference)
Logansport 39, Peru 8 (nonconference)
Winamac 35, Knox 14
North Judson 19, Culver 0
Caston 52, West Central 6 (nonconference)
Indianapolis Scecina 28, Pioneer 0 (nonconference)
LaVille 14, Bremen 12 (nonconference)
Triton 18, South Central (Union Mills) 16