PENDLETON, Ind. —
Broughton admitted he was worried going into the game because the Rebels had faced and lost to many of the same teams that defeated the Arabians. Muncie South has a dangerous weapon in quarterback Josh Strauch, who ran for 190 yards on 25 carries and averaged 7.6 yards a carry. He also was 10-of-24 from 145 yards and three touchdowns. While Broughton thinks he’s got a good football team in some areas, he says one of those areas is not defense.
“We just really have to do a better job of covering the run. And I was a little disappointed in some of the pass defense when they threw the ball up for grabs we didn’t have anybody there. We’ve got to play the ball better in the air when they throw it,” Broughton said. “We have to do a better job of tackling. We get a guy to the ball carrier, then we don’t bring him down and he breaks a tackle. We’ve got to be better tacklers.”
The Arabians continue to work hard on defense every week, but Broughton just doesn’t see a very physical football team. And PH has been hampered by injuries, missing 10 players last week and seven this week. With senior linebacker and leading tackler Matt Goff out for the season, the Arabians will have to pull together and fight hard to get their offense back on the field.
But there may be a light at the end of the tunnel. With about seven minutes left in the second quarter, the Rebels drove deep into Pendleton Heights territory and set themselves up with a first-and-goal at the 2-yard line. On first down, Strauch was held up by the Arabians at the one. Muncie South brought 185-pound freshman Terry Kuhns in for second down, but PH dropped him for a 1-yard loss. On third down, Strauch was stuffed again. Faced with fourth down, Strauch opted for the shotgun but missed his target.
“The goal line stand. That was cool. We haven’t had that in awhile,” Broughton said. “Good job by our goal line defense. We did one thing right on defense that’s for sure.”