The Carbondale Terriers, (1-2) were its own worst enemy Friday night as they gave the Waterloo Bulldogs (1-2) 6 points on two safeties and two missed extra points in a six-point loss.
Carbondale also could not stop Bulldog runners all night. Waterloo running back Dalton Viglasky churned out 149 yards on 34 carries.
Waterloo had 247 yards as a team for the game, with Jake O’Daniell adding 73 yards to the total. And whenever the Terriers cheated up to stop the run, Waterloo quarterback Graham Baker hit key passes to stymie any Carbondale defensive stand.
“Coach Rose (Dan) did a great job game planning us,” Carbondale Head Coach Bryan Lee said. “I thought we played pretty well on defense most of the game.”
That would be, most of the game when it didn’t count.
The Bulldogs had 21 first downs in its ground-it-out offense. And they constantly converted third and short situations to control the ball and frustrate the Carbondale offense.
Unfortunately, that Terrier offense could hardly get on the field all night. Waterloo had the ball for about 90 percent of the first quarter, and even though they didn’t score, they kept the ball from the Terrier offense. When the Carbondale offense did get the ball, it resulted in two, two-and-out series in the first period alone.
In fact, the Terriers offense only ran 14 plays for 26 yards in the first half.
It also was the offense’s fault the Bulldogs had two of its first half nine points. The Terriers offense gave up two safeties and one came in the first quarter of play to thwart that offense even further.
Things changed a bit in the second half, but, then again, they also remained the same. The Terrier offense picked up a bit, but many of the woes that Carbondale endured in the first half were revisited in the final two quarters.
“We made a few adjustments (on defense) at halftime,” Lee said. “We adjusted to the run and stopped it somewhat.”
However, the Bulldogs still had 121 yards in the second half. That was a bit less than the 146 in the first, but not enough to keep the Waterloo ground juggernaut from stalling. Waterloo scored touchdowns in both the third and fourth quarters to win the game.
Carbondale scored its 19 total points in the second half — mainly in a prolific third stanza. The Terriers exploded for two touchdowns, briefly taking the lead. But the Terrier defense gave up another score to make it 16-13 Bulldogs going into the final quarter of play.
In the fourth quarter, disaster revisited. In that period, the Terriers had a second safety and also missed a second extra point for the night. So, ironically, it was the Terrier offense that was responsible for the six-point difference in the final score.
Things will get tougher for the hard luck Terriers this coming Friday night as they travel to powerhouse Centralia. The Orphans are 1-1, but their offense is averaging more than 45 points a game.
The Terriers lost to Centralia 41-7 this past season in Carbondale. Kickoff is at 7 p.m.