HOPKINS -- Lower Richland might have finally snapped that 32-game losing streak two weeks ago.
But after coach J.W. Montgomery's post-game speech following Friday's 49-0 loss to Northwestern in the Diamond Hornets' home-opener, Lower Richland certainly still wasn't feeling good too good about itself.
"It seemed like we weren't prepared," Montgomery said. "The kids came out flat. They weren't focused. We made mistakes all over the field."
"The only person I can blame is myself."
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Any lack of preparation showed early and often Friday as Trojans senior quarterback Will King shredded Lower Richland's defense throughout the first half. He finished the opening two quarters 17-of-24 for 228 yards and four touchdowns through the air. He started off Northwestern's first drive of the game with a 51-yard touchdown bomb to receiver Nigel Dixon.
King also rushed for 38 yards and a touchdown before halftime, helping his team to a 35-0 halftime lead.
The effort gave Lower Richland's coaching staff more than enough excuse to replace the majority of his defensive starters with reserves before halftime.
King added 52 more yards and another touchdown in the third quarter before being pulled in favor of back-up Justin Worley for the start of the fourth.
Both Northwestern quarterbacks got all the leeway they needed, as the Trojans' defense forced Lower Richland (1-2) into numerous short possessions. The Hornets moved the ball into Northwestern (2-1) territory just three times - of which one ended on a failed fourth-down attempt, another via interception the last coming when the final ticks ran off the clock.
Both offensively and defensively, the Hornets looked like they did through much of that 32-game losing streak.
Passes were dropped. Defensive assignments were blown. Frustration took over for coaches and players alike.
One of the players, senior running back Harold Poole, said execution has been an issue at the school for some time. He also agreed with his coach, saying any strides that led to that victory over Dreher to snap the losing skid have since been forgotten.
"We have to pick up the intensity," Poole said. "Everybody got a big head, thought the season was going to be handed to us. We've got to keep working.
"When we're in practice, we work hard -- act like we want it. In games, like coach says, it switches. We switch back to the old LR."
Northwestern 13 22 7 7 -- 49
L. Richland 0 0 0 0 -- 0
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