October 19, 2012

Blanchard blows out Mount St. Mary on senior night

BLANCHARD — The Blanchard High School football team took care of business Thursday night at home against the Mount St. Mary Rockets.

The Lions won the game 55-14 on senior night, and are undefeated at 8-0, 5-0 in district 3A-1.

Blanchard has 11 seniors on its roster, and head coach Jeff Craig said each one of them will be missed, and some of them play huge roles in the team's success.

"Well I think our guys, you know they impact every game but they've impacted our season through their work ethic and the things that they've done to prepare for this," Craig said. "And they show up every night."

Still, Craig knows there is still plenty of time left in the season to enjoy the presence of the class of 2013 on the team.

"It'll be hard to go on without them, but we've still got a ways to go, and we look forward to the next few weeks with them," Craig said.

Blanchard didn't have any trouble beating down the Rockets on Thursday, going up 48-0 before Mount St. Mary was able to get on the board with a deep pass late in the third quarter.

The Rockets scored one more touchdown in the fourth quarter, but the game wasn't ever in doubt.

The Lions have an off-week coming up, giving them some extra time to prepare for a game against the also-undefeated Tuttle Tigers.

"We'll focus on some little things, we'll try to get healthy," Craig said. "We'll try to get a little sharper and get a little crisper and work on our timing on some stuff."

At this late point in the season, the practices will be more about perfecting things than it will be about physicality.

"We want to try to keep our timing as close to game situation as we can," Craig said. "You know, working on more of the mental part of it than just beating each other up."

Staff writer Lauren Carter contributed to this report.

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