There was only so much the Immaculata defense could take Friday before it simply eroded.
"The second half they wore us down," Imac head football coach Sean Sachen said. "They were bigger, stronger, deeper and they absolutely wore us down."
Playing at Jefferson County North, the Raiders went toe-to-toe with the 4-1 Chargers to the tune of a scoreless first half. But after the break, the home team leaned heavily on its running game to pull away. At game's end, Immaculata lost 18-0.
"They tried to pass on us and they just didn't do anything," Sachen said. "So they just ran up the middle. They had a double fullback, power-I set and their fullbacks killed us. Ran counters, between the tackles and killed us."
In the opening possession of the ball game, the Raiders showed little fear in the face of the its bigger hosts. The visitors marched all the way down to the JCN one-foot line. However, the Raiders were stopped on fourth-down.
Still, despite the setback, the teams went back and forth over the next two quarters only to find themselves at the same place they started — a 0-0 tie at half time.
"The first half, both teams played pretty well," the Immaculata coach said. "Both teams moved the ball, made defensive stops when they needed to. It was a battle."
Nevertheless, adjustments were made by the Chargers and in the second half, everything changed. The home team got its running game going while at the same time shutting down Immaculata's ground-and-pound attack.
Two third-quarter touchdowns made it a 12-0 contest and then a fourth quarter strike from JCN iced the contest.
"They were so big and strong in the middle," Sachen said. "We were getting Dustin (Jostmeyer) carries early and doing pretty good. They made an adjustment and clogged up the middle. We couldn't get outside on them at all."
Jostmeyer led the team in rushing yards with 60 on 13 carries while Brandon Wall had 34 yards on five carries. Quarterback Drew Sachen rushed the ball 19 times, but only mustered 20 yards.
Immaculata, 2-3, will host Oskaloosa Friday for its homecoming game. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.