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Miscues continue to cost ConVal

String of turnovers turn tide in 45-0 loss to Sanborn

The ConVal football team dropped to 0-5 on the season losing to Sanborn 45-0 Saturday.

The Cougars continue to struggle offensively, committing seven turnovers in the game. Five of those turnovers came in the final six minutes of the first half when the Indians forced three interceptions and two fumbles. The miscues helped turn a close game midway through the second quarter into a one-sided contest by halftime.

“The score was 7-0 with 6:06 to play in the first half; the half time score was 39-0. We turned the ball over on five consecutive possessions all leading to touchdowns and all of them were on our side of the 50,” said head coach Ryan McCartney.

It appeared to be a similar scenario as it had been for most of the season with the defense spending far too much time on the field.

“They kind of had a little drive, we fumbled the ball, they scored on the very next play, we threw a pick and they scored in two plays, we threw another pick and the defense is just continually running out there after coming off the field,” McCartney said. “It’s a matter of the turnovers and the quick scores, the defense put their heads down and we didn’t have any answers.”

Quarterback John Crowley started the game completing eight out of 11 passes for about 90 yards, connecting with four different receivers.

“We knew that Sanborn played zone defense. Their corners were backed off five and nine yards, the safety at 12. So we knew spreading them out would be good for us and it was until the interceptions,” McCartney said.

Crowley was later pulled by McCartney after completing eight out of his 20 attempts and having one fumble and two interceptions. McCartney replaced him with sophomore Josh Curran, who finished the game.

This game marked the fourth time ConVal has been shut out this season. They have given up 179 points in five games while only scoring 14 points. They sit in last place tied with Hollis Brookline while Sanborn sits alone in second place behind unbeaten Monadnock.

The Cougars will be in search of their first win of the season on Saturday against Monadnock.

“I think that it was good that we spread Sanborn out but Monadnock is probably going to play man, they are a little more aggressive and have better athletes.” McCartney said. “We just have to get better up front. We are young and not very strong and that’s definitely hurting us.”

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