SEDAN — Playing in a wet and sloppy mess on Prather Field, the Sedan Blue Devils were locked in a battle for three quarters against Argonia/Attica in the opening round of the Eight Man-Division I playoffs.
Yet, things would quickly downhill in the final period. The visiting Titans scored 20 unanswered points in the game’s final 10 1/2 minutes to take down the Blue Devils, 28-8, Thursday night.
The loss ended Sedan’s football season at 7-2 overall, which included the District 1 championship. The Blue Devils were making their first postseason appearance since 2009.
Meanwhile, Argonia/Attica (6-3) advanced to the regional round as it will travel to Udall on Friday, Nov. 2. The Eagles (7-2) rallied from a halftime deficit to beat Oswego 62-28 in another first-round matchup on Thursday.
SHS had a tough time getting much going offensively against A/A. Not only were the Blue Devils slowed down by a constant rain shower, but they also faced a tough Titan defense that limited them to just 133 total yards.
Sedan’s defense was also up to the challenge … at least for the better part of three quarters. The Blue Devils held the Titans to 138 yards heading into the final period, but A/A would have three big scoring runs down the stretch to finish the game with 304 total.
The game was knotted at 8-all when Argonia/Attica grabbed its first lead of the game on a 46-yard scamper from Blake Goodman with 10:26 to go. After forcing Sedan into another punt, A/A capped off a four-play, 70-yard drive with a 62-yard scoring scamper from Blake Harnden that pushed the Titan lead up to 22-8 with 5:19 remaining.
Sedan could never make a scoring threat down the stretch. The Titans then put the game out of reach on a 50-yard scramble for six by Masen McDaniel with less than three minutes left.
Earlier in the contest, things looked good for SHS as it took the opening possession of the game right down the field. In fact, the Blue Devils moved 50 yards in just four plays, capped off with Cody Joslin’s 39-yard touchdown run. Tayte Halderman then found Joslin in the end zone for the conversion to give the host team an 8-0 advantage.
Argonia/Attica came right back, though. The Titans moved 51 yards in seven plays. Harnden finished off the drive with a 38-yard scramble into the end zone. McDaniel then ran in the conversion to even things up. That 8-8 score would hold up all the way until the fourth quarter when the Titans pulled away.
Joslin carried the ball 12 times for 87 yards to lead the Blue Devil rushing attack. Halderman, who was coming off a 222-yard rushing performance one week earlier against West Elk, was limited to 51 yards on 23 carries.
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