One week after putting up 29 points at Anna-Jonesboro in a 34-29 loss, Massac ran into some bad weather, a little bad luck and that old bug-a-boo ... turnovers at Muphysboro and dropped a 27-0 decision to the Red Devils.
Blame it on the recent full moon, blame it on the rain or as Bob Seger sang "blame it on midnight."
All may have been factors as the Pats and the 'Devils were an hour late kicking off due to lightning, and Massac couldn't have gotten home much before midnight.
Both teams had trouble holding onto the rain slick ball early and fumbles cost both teams early chances.
Murphy got on the board in the first quarter and owned a 6-0 lead after 12 minutes. The backfield combination of McZeke and Clarke for Murphy proved to be just too fast for Massac to contain and Murphy took a 14-0 lead at the half.
The 'Devils scored in each quarter and the Patriots' last gasp attempt in the final quarter to avoid the shutout came up short.
The 'Devils improved their record to 3-1 while Massac remains winless at 0-4.
Individually for Massac, the backfield trio of Baird, Dumpprope and Thompson gained almost 200 yards on the ground, but Massac's passing game was non-existent and the speed of McZeke and Clarke was hard for Massac to contain. Thompson gained 130 yards on 20 carries while Baird netted 43 yards on 10 carries.
This week is "Homecoming," and the visitors will be the Harrisburg Bulldogs. In the past, the 'Dogs would hardly be the Homecoming opponent of choice, but like Massac, Harrisburg is winless on the year. For the second time this year, something will have to give Friday night.