CAHOKIA -- Carbondale’s methodical approach wasn’t enough to counter Cahokia’s lightning quick attack. The Terriers dropped a 44-22 decision to the Comanches in South Seven play.

While Carbondale mounted an eight-minute scoring drive that ate up most of the second quarter, Cahokia scored three touchdowns on their first 10 snaps in the first quarter.

The Terriers scored first on a Calvin Whitfield run, but Cahokia countered with two quick scores by Kevion Akins. Akins scored on a one-yard run on the Comanches first possession and found the end zone from 31 yards out just two minutes later.

“That’s the old saying, speed kills,” said Carbondale coach Mark Albertini. “They have a bobbled snap in the backfield and they take a two-yard loss and turn it into a 35-yard gain. There is really no answer for speed. We had our fasted guys out there on defense.

“We just can’t match up with Cahokia’s speed. I don’t know a lot of people match up with that speed.”

Despite giving up big yardage throughout the half, the Terriers stayed close on a big defensive play by Trenton Payton.

Cahokia quarterback Wayne Grant tossed a lateral pass past Akins. Payton alertly picked up the live ball at the Cahokia 30 and raced to the one before being knocked out of bounds.

“We saw that on film against Marion,” Albertini said. “We pointed out to our kids, if that ball is on the ground go get it. Always pick up a live ball and run. That’s exactly what he did. That was a great heads-up play by him.”

Whitfield cashed in with another touchdown to cut the Cahokia lead to 22-16 at the time.

The Terriers cut into the lead early in the third quarter on a Zarean Mosley touchdown, but again Cahokia answered with a pair of scores.

“Adversity,” Albertini said. “That seems like it’s been our story all year. Every time things start to go good for us, something bad happens be it a turnover, be it a penalty or injuries right now.”

The loss drops Carbondale to 0-5 on the season, 0-2 in South Seven play. Cahokia is 2-3, 1-1 in conference.

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Les Winkeler is sports editor and outdoors writer for The Southern Illinoisan.

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