Effingham Daily News, Effingham, IL

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August 31, 2013

Season kicks off Mistakes cost Hearts in 34-15 loss to Breese Mater Dei

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Raterman scored again on an 11-yard run on the Knights' first possession of the second half. Toennies hit Jordan Thole for a 47-yard pass to set up Raterman, where Thole broke a few tackles on his way to the Effingham 15.

"We had some situations where we had a stop for a two-yard gain, and it's an eight-yard gain and a first down," McDonald said. "You make a tackle there, it stops the drive."

Effingham's offense began to wake up as they turned to the pass. Daugherty led a six-play drive following Ratermann's touchdown, going five-of-six for 60 yards culminating in a fade pass to Zach Miller for a 16-yard touchdown with 5:54 remaining. The extra point was missed to make it 28-9.

Breese cut nearly six minutes from the clock on its next drive. Ratermann found the end zone again on a one-yard score on the first play of the fourth quarter, making it 34-9.

The Flaming Hearts scored the game's final touchdown with 4:39 to play. On fourth and 10 from the Breese 45, Daugherty found Wohltman wide open over the field for a 45-yard score to cut the lead to 34-15.

Still, despite the success of the passing game, McDonald was hoping for more balance offensively. Effingham ran just four run plays in the second half.

"Up front, offensively, we didn't do a very good job blocking," he said. "Our run game should have been better.

It got to the point where our best alternative was throwing the ball. We want to be up in the 60, 65 perecent passing completion.

Miller led the team with 31 yards rushing on 12 carries. Billy Arndt had seven yards on two carries and Trent Barnhart had eight yards rushing.

Daugherty was 12-for-23 for 186 yards, two scores and an interception. Wohltman had six catches for 85 yards and a score, Robinson caught three passes for 50 yards and Dylan Wolff had one catch for 31 yards.

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