First loss of the season leaves bitter taste for Arrows

By Eddie Mowen Jr. -

MIDDLETOWN — The battle for the Totem Pole was one-sided.

Preble Shawnee, which was ranked No. 15 in the first state-wide rankings in Division V, was overwhelmed by host Middletown Madison, 47-0, on Friday, Sept. 15.

The loss was the first of the season for the Arrows, who fell to 3-1 overall and 0-1 in the Southwestern Buckeye League Buckeye Division.

Shawnee was held to just 36 total yards for the game, including minus-25 yards rushing, while the Mohawks totaled nearly 500 yards of offense, including 433 on the ground.

“Not a lot to say about this one. We did not come ready to play and you can’t do that with a team like Madison,” Preble Shawnee coach Matt Hopkins said. “We played with no emotion or desire.”

From the outset, the home team was in control.

Madison lead 14-0 after the opening quarter and extended its lead to 28-0 by halftime. The Mohawks made it 40-0 by the end of the third quarter as much of second half was played with a running clock.

“This loss falls on everyone, from the coaches to the players,” Hopkins said. “This game is not indicative of the team we are and I think we’ve proven that. We have to forget this game as quickly as possible and get ready for a Milton-Union team that’s won its last two games.”

Despite the loss, Hopkins said his team still has a chance to have successful season.

“The boys understand that one game does not make or break your season, and we’re ready to get better this week and get this taste out of our mouth,” he said.

The Arrows will travel to Milton-Union Friday, Sept. 22, for another key SWBL contest. Kickoff is slated for 7 p.m.

By Eddie Mowen Jr.

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