TECUMSEH – Tecumseh had a rough day Friday in a 47-0 homecoming shut down from Blanchard.
The Savages had a strong start to the game, marching downfield 65 yards on the first drive before turning it over at the 15, but things quickly went haywire for the hometown team.
“Our first drive was great. We did exactly what we wanted to do,” coach Ty Bullock said.
Blanchard put up three touchdowns in four plays and took a 20-0 lead with 42 seconds left in the first quarter. Tecumseh held them for the first time of the game on their fourth drive, but a muffed punt gave them control again at the Savages' 19 and two plays later they went ahead 27-0.
Their final drive of the half and first of the second each also resulted in a touchdown and they tacked on one more with one minute left in the third quarter.
“You give up explosive plays and turnovers, you're not going to win many games. That's been our M.O. When we've lost games we've turned the ball over early and we've gave up some big shots,” Bullock said.
Tyler Bingham ruined the Lions' chance at another touchdown by forcing a fumble at third and goal in the third quarter to give Tecumseh control at their own nine.
Quarterback Brayden James ran the show for Tecumseh with 164 rushing yards and was 5-11 for 18 passing yards and threw one pick.
The Savages had five fumbles and three of those were lost. They allowed Blanchard quarterback Camden Cooper to complete six of his eight attempts for 165 yards and two touchdowns. Bryce Madron had 80 rushing yards and second string quarterback Cole Smith accrued 74. Camden ran for 43 on three attempts.
Bullock wasn't happy with how things went in the game, but was proud that his team didn't give up and kept fighting. The game was a bump in the road but there are still plenty of games still to play, he said.
“When you get knocked down you've got to have some character and some integrity to get back up, and I know these guys will,” he said.
Tecumseh drops to 3-2 (1-1) with the defeat. They will be on the road at Ada next week. Ada, 2-0 in district play, beat Cleveland 16-4 Friday.