Too many untimely penalties. Too many turnovers. And too much Matese Scott.
It was a simple as that Friday night at Klosterman Field, as the Effingham football team fell to 0-3 with a 28-6 loss to the Orphans.
Scott bulled his way to 258 yards on 39 carries, while the Hearts’ efforts to come back from a 13-0 halftime deficit were derailed by a pair of holding penalties and an interception in the third quarter.
The Hearts enter Week 4 winless for the second season in a row after making the playoffs nine straight years, but coach Mike McDonald reminded his team that the season is far from lost. Effingham begins Apollo Conference play next Friday at Charleston.
“We have to believe in ourselves and understand the Apollo Conference season starts next week,” McDonald said. “If we can run the table in our conference we can accomplish a lot of our goals. We’ve got to realize it’s a new season starting next week.”
And there is no question a tough nonconference schedule has prepared the Hearts for Apollo play.
“I don’t know if anybody we’ve played yet has lost a game yet,” McDonald said. “We’ve play some pretty stiff competition. I’ve told the kids that good competition makes you better.”
The Orphans were the latest tough opponent, and Scott was a huge reason why Centralia moved to 3-0.
The 5-foot-10, 165-pound tailback gave the Orphans a lead they would not relinquish early in the second quarter, as he used a spin move to break a pair of tackles and score from 24 yards out.
The Orphans went to their air for their other first-half touchdown march. Quarterback Brodric Green passed for 83 of the 88 yards of a drive capped by a 51-yard touchdown pass to Alec Stevenson, who broke free near the line of scrimmage on the short pass for a score.