Patriots fall to Herrin in opener Friday
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Quarterback Cameron Koch rolls to his left behind his offensive line last week against Herrin. T.J.Runkle, 65, and Chris Smith, 75, are the linemen with visible numbers.                                                                   — Planet photo by Beth Shelton
Rollin’ left Quarterback Cameron Koch rolls to his left behind his offensive line last week against Herrin. T.J.Runkle, 65, and Chris Smith, 75, are the linemen with visible numbers. — Planet photo by Beth Shelton
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Despite a monster night from Dazmeon Nickerson, the Massac County Patriots 2012 season opener didn’t go so well.

Nickerson, a senior all-purpose back, scored five touchdowns and racked up 300 yards of total offense by himself.

But Herrin’s backfield outdid “Daz,” piling up almost 400 yards of rushing offense on a mind-blowing 61 attempts.

Massac scored first on an 11-yard run from Nickerson with 8:48 left in the first quarter. Senior placekicker Jon Haverkamp split the uprights with the point after and the 2012 season was off to a good start.

Herrin took only two minutes and 14 seconds to knot the score though, with Dayvonte Branch burning the Pats on a 42-yard pass reception for a big chunk of their drive yardage.

At the 6:34 mark the score was 7-7. Fourteen seconds later however, following a touchback on the kickoff, Nickerson gathered in a quick pass from Cameron Koch and outran Herrin’s defenders 80 yards for another touchdown. Haverkamp once again booted the PAT through for a 14-7 lead for Massac.

Herrin put up six points at the 9:48 mark in the second quarter and scored their last first half points with 2:55 left in the half.

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