MULVANE — Two things will stand out to Mulvane's football team when it watches tape of Saturday's 46-21 loss to Andale: missed tackles and turnovers.
Several times, Wildcat linebackers or defensive backs were in position to make tackles on Andale running backs. Too often the Indians ran through contact, tallying 420 yards on the ground.
"The effort our kids gave was outstanding, but it's frustrating to not capitalize on some things," Mulvane coach Dave Fennewald said. "There were times we could have cut into a lead and we had turnovers here and there. Then their offense has a bunch of slashers and rarely do they put up negative yards."
It wasn't like the Wildcats weren't able to move the ball on Andale. Mulvane had 415 yards of offense, but turned the ball over six times, including three in Andale territory.
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"I felt like we were in a dogfight all game and thankfully our defense made some key stops," Andale coach Gary O'Hair. "We had a hard time shutting their offense down, but the big plays stopped them."
Andale running backs Trent Horsch and Tucker O'Hair got most of the carries up the middle (121 combined yards, two touchdowns), while running back Jake Hattabaugh did most of his damage on the outside (281 yards, five touchdowns).
"Our blockers — whether it's the offensive line or our lead backs — were out in front on nearly every play, which opened a lot of holes," Hattabaugh said. "We do a lot of preparation for our running game and it showed today."
No better example of Andale's offense was on its first two series. Hattabaugh broke tackle after tackle on the Indians' first series before scoring from a yard. On the next series, Horsch scored on a 66-yard run up the middle to put Andale up 13-0.
"Keeping their offense off the field is important with our running game," O'Hair said. "I was proud of our offensive line and I think they worked their tales off."
Still, Mulvane moved the ball relatively at will.
Trailing 27-7, the Wildcats scored on a 3-yard run by Todd Parton before halftime Friday night and the ensuing postponement due to weather.
Once the second half resumed Saturday morning, Mulvane again found its offense in rhythm. The Wildcats used their passing game to get to Andale's 11 but Gus Strunk threw an interception.
Andale responded with a 19-play, 71-yard drive, spanning over nine minutes, capitalized by another Horsch scoring run, this time from two yards.
"We had to keep playing hard and putting points up no matter what the score is," Hattabaugh said. "I like the saying 'until I collapse' because we can't give in to fatigue."
One play after forcing Andale to a turnover on downs, Mulvane gave the ball right back on another Strunk interception.
Andale added two more touchdowns in the fourth quarter to put the game out of reach.
Andale (2-0) 13 14 7 12 — 46 Mulvane (1-1) 7 7 0 7 — 21
A—Hattabaugh 1 run (Hattabaugh kick)
A—T. Horsch 66 run (kick failed)
M—Parton 3 run (Redington kick)
A—Hattabaugh 71 run (conversion failed)
A—Hattabaugh 4 run (King run)
M—Parton 1 run (Redington kick)
A—T. Horsch 2 run (Hattabaugh kick)
M—Duncan 15 pass from Strunk (Redington kick)
A—Hattabaugh 23 run (conversion failed)
A—Hattabaugh 3 run (kick failed)
Rushing—Andale, Hattabaugh 35-281, T. Horsch 7-90, O'Hair 9-31, King 4-19, Staats 3-5, Eck 2-4, R. Horsch 1-(-10). Mulvane, Bird 16-137, Strunk 14-69, Parton 4-10.
Passing—Andale, King 2-3-53-0, R. Horsch 2-5-41-0. Mulvane, Strnk 14-28-193-3.
Receiving—Andale, O'Hair 1-45, Blanchat 1-32, Staab 1-9, R. Horsch 1-8. Mulvane, Springer 5-112, Ward 3-26, Duncan 3-24, Bird 1-19, Rogers 2-18.