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October 27, 2013

Indians fall in blowout loss to Hobart

COMANCHE — With Friday night’s 45-0 loss to Hobart, Comanche faces a must-win scenario the next two weeks to secure a playoff spot.

The Indians (3-5, 2-3) were physically outmatched in their game against the Bearcats, according coach Steve Justus. That changed for the worse after senior quarterback Hunter Rice was forced to a limited role because of an injury. Rice has been the main focus on offense rushing for close to 500 yards this season. He was forced out of most of the 44-0 loss to Washington the week before.

“Almost on the first play offensively, he tweeked an ankle again,” Justus said. “Hunter did get a few reps in there after that, but he wasn’t his normal self.”

Junior Alex Hinshaw came in for Rice, but the offensive line woes were too much for him to make much of a difference, according to Justus. Since the size difference was a problem throughout, there wasn’t much Comanche could do.

“When that happens, there’s a lot of things about your running back’s play and your quarterback’s play that doesn’t look as well as we would like it to,” Justus said.

The three-game losing streak hasn’t been easy on Comanche. Outscored 137 to 13 and shutout in the last two games aren’t things that breed confidence, according to Justus. Still, Justus is keeping his team focused on the road ahead.

“When you get beat, you’re kids are going to lose a little momentum,” Justus said. “We celebrated senior night last night, and they realized that was their last opportunity to get to play on our home field. Their opportunities are dwindling, and they are going to try to still make the most of those opportunities.

“We’re going to get good effort out of them.”

For Justus, he hopes that effort can turn into a bid for the fourth — and final — playoff spot in the district. In order to do that they have to beat Frederick and Hinton. Justus thinks they matchup better against those teams,  but the Indians will face them on the road.

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