Cowboys struggle to corral Lloyd, Patriots
Southwest Guilford had a difficult task in trying to stop Southern Alamance quarterback Johnathan Lloyd.
Lloyd threw for 273 yards and one touchdown and ran for 132 yards and three TDs as the Patriots blew past the Cowboys 48-28 on Friday night at Southwest.
Southwest (2-3) had its moments, as Rick Mack ran for 124 yards and three TDs, plus hauled in a 59-yard TD catch. But with Lloyd — plus Jourdan Osinki (67 yards receiving, 90 yards rushing and three TDs) and Tylin McAdams (80 yards receiving) — it was all Southern for much of the game.
“We played OK,” said Cowboys coach Eric Rainey, in his first season. “We didn’t quit. I told our guys we might be an offseason away, with conditioning and lifting weights and getting stronger. We had to stop two people — 7 (Osinski) and 5 (Lloyd) — and we didn’t do it. That made the difference.
“(Lloyd) is a heckuva athlete. Some people are blessed with it — just superior athletes. He had 200-something passing, he ran aggressively, got his shoulders upfield. Sometimes, the other guy’s just better. And that’s what I told my kids. I don’t care how much desire or will or fight you got, sometimes the other guy’s just better.”
The Patriots scored three TDs on their first four possessions to build a 20-0 second-quarter lead and led 20-7 at halftime. Then, after Southwest pulled as close as 26-14 early in the third, they again scored on three of four possessions to maintain control of the game.
The Cowboys made a couple mistakes on offense, turning the ball over twice, and their defense still wasn’t where they’d like it to be. So, there’s still plenty to do before opening conference play in three weeks. But, perhaps most notably, they seemed eager to continue working.
“We didn’t quit, and that’s becoming a defining characteristic of us,” Rainey said. “We keep fighting when we get down, and they keep clawing back. We have a will to win. We still have to work on some fundamentals, like tackling, so we’re still working to become fundamentally savvy.
“... It’s the bright spot in a dark tunnel,” he said. “Losing is the dark tunnel. But when the kids keep fighting and keep giving you glimmers of hope, that’s the bright spot. You try to pull the good out of anything, so that is it — that we continue to fight.”
Southwest plays next week at Southeast Guilford before taking a bye the following Friday. It will visit Glenn the next week to open Piedmont Triad 4A Conference play.