• 6 p.m.: Left for A-J under broken skies with a decent amount of sun.
• 6:40 p.m.: Passing Lick Creek Road under gray skies with no sun.
• 7 p.m.: Game starts under lights.
• 7:15 p.m.: Two minutes and 29 seconds have lapsed off the game clock and Massac trails 13-0.
• 7:25 p.m.: Rain now falling in earnest, we’re getting soaked under umbrella, first quarter is over and score is 27-0.
You get the picture — it wasn’t a good night for anyone on the Massac side of the Pit.
Anna-Jonesboro went on to rout the Patriots 48-7 with Massac avoiding the shutout on a last minute drive that ended with Malcom Amos scoring with 46 ticks left on the clock.
Jon Haverkamp was perfect on his point after kick and the gloomy evening was over.
The game started with some promise with Jordan Troutman slipping into A-J’s backfield and dropping Brady Wright for losses of two and 11 yards on the Wildcats first possession.
A-J had begun play with good field position when Dalton Baker returned the opening kickoff to Massac’s 38.
Eight plays later, including Troutman’s two sacks, Anna was in the end zone.
Massac fumbled its first possession away on the first play from scrimmage at its own 13 yard line. Brady Wright waltzed in untouched on first and 10 and when the kick failed, Massac trailed 13-0.
Anna tacked on two more scores in the first quarter and held an insurmountable lead of 27-0 at the horn.
Two more second quarter scores by Anna produced a 41-0 halftime lead and the Pats were playing for pride in the second half.
With numerous substitutions in the second half, for both teams, Massac played the Wildcats to a 7-7 standoff in the second half and ruined Anna’s bid for a shutout with Amos’ last minute score.
Nate Hillebrand was much of Massac’s offense with 67 yards rushing on 19 carries. Caleb Crim gained 22 yards on six carries.
The Patriots sealed their own doom with three lost fumbles. A-J doubled up Massac in total offensive yards with 313 to Massac’s 150 and penalties were about the same with both teams getting whistle bit four times.
While no one ever really likes “moral victories” it was at least good to see Massac grind out the touchdown drive and avoid the zero.
Massac is in action this Friday night at West Frankfort.