United shut out by Elmwood-Brimfield

Michael Ray

The United Red Storm were shutout by Elmwood-Brimfield Friday night, Oct. 24 by the score of 38-0.

The loss ends the regular season for the Red Storm with a 6-3 record and most likely sends them on the road to face an 8-1 team in the playoffs.

United was competitive early in the game, trailing only 8-0 at the half.

In the second half, the Red Storm was stricken by fumblitits, losing four fumbles, three on consecutive Elmwood kickoffs. Elmwood took advantage of the Red Storm fumbles to control the second half. In fact, the Red Storm only went on offense twice in the entire second half.

"We have to forget this one and get ready for the playoffs," United coach Tim Engebretson said. "Things happened, they just outplayed us. Once things started going against us they started snowballing."

The Red Storm opened the game up by driving into the Trojans red zone, but could not punch the ball in.

The resulting change of possession seemed to fire up the Trojans. It gave them an emotional advantage that they carried throughout the game.

Elmwood scored at the 8:23 mark of the second quarter on a 1-yard touchdown run after a United turnover that would give the Trojans all of the points that they would need.

Engetbretson did not express frustration or anger with his teams performance. "I think that the kids played hard, we just have to get ready for the playoffs now."