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MICDS looks to rebound after tough loss in Metro Conference football game at Westminster Christian Academy

By: Warren Mayes


MICDS coach Matt Buha liked how his Rams responded to a tough defeat and wants to see them rebound.

MICDS is coming off tough 21-20 conference loss to Lutheran North.

“Our kids grew-up in a number of ways last week,” Buha said. “I am proud of them for all that they give to our program.”

The Rams (5-1) will play at Westminster Christian Academy(3-3) at 2 p.m. Saturday (Oct. 6) in a Metro League game.

“I am very happy with the way that we are not only playing football, but also with the way in which our team is handling themselves off of the field,” Buha said. “This is a very close knit group and our senior leadership has been outstanding.

“Practice has been solid this week. We preach ‘focus’ every day in practice, so our kids are always pretty even keel.”

The Rams had a chance to defeat Lutheran North.

MICDS scored on a 1-yard run by junior Garrison Moody with 1 minute, 17 seconds remaining in the game. The decision to go for two points was made.

However, the Rams did not convert. Senior back Tyler Purdy was tackled short of the goal line.

“There is no hindsight from Buha on the call.

“In that moment every player and every coach wanted to go for two,” Buha said. “It was the right call, and we would absolutely do it again if given the same opportunity.”

The Rams moved to a freshman in Reagan Andrew to start the season at quarterback. Buha is pleased with how he has progressed.

“Reagan has handled the transition very well,” Buha said. “He is a very smart and focused player who continues to impress our staff with his wide skill set.”

The Rams like to run the football. Purdy leads the ground game with 427 yards. Senior Graham Bundy, Jr., has 349 yards. Andrew has gained 199 yards and junior Garrison Moody has 140.

“We are a run-first option offense so that will be our focus each and every week,” Buha said. “Our quarterback has made very good decisions with the football this season, and our offensive line continues to work hard in the trenches, and they are improving each week.”

MICDS has defeated Westminster Christian Academy in the last two years after losing five games in row to the Wildcats. Buha said this will be a good test for his squad.

“Any game that we play in the Metro Conference is going to be a huge challenge, and we are lucky to have such a quality league,” Buha said. “The balanced competitiveness between our two schools makes this game important each year.

“Westminster is a run-heavy team with some very good size and skill on both sides of the ball. We will need to play to the height of our potential if we are going to come back to campus with a ‘W.'”

Westminster coach Keith Herring said he’s proud of what his Wildcats have done so far this season.

“We have showed a lot of heart by battling through a bunch of injuries,” Herring said.
After opening the season with solid win over St. Mary’s, Westminster endured a three-game losing skid.
“We lost four starters through that span. Our quarterback was one of them,” Herring said. “(But) We kept working hard.”
Westminster rebounded with back-to-back Metro League wins. The Wildcats defeated Priory and Lutheran South.
“We had two of those (injured) players return to action and it showed,” Herring said.
The Wildcats have had a good week of practice.
“We’ve had good focus all week,” Herring noted.
The Wildcats know what they will be facing Saturday in once-beaten MICDS.
“They are a tough team that is playing very tough right now,” Herring said. “I think both teams call it a rivalry. They have  a solid ‘D’, good skill players and they don’t beat themselves.”
Herring’s Wildcats  will need to “control the line of scrimmage on both sides. And eliminate mistakes,” to be successful against the Rams.

MICDS will need to “establish our option attack early in the ball game if we are going to be successful,” Buha said.

The Rams defense “has been playing very well this year,” Buha said.

His squad is ready to get out and play after the loss, Buha said.

“I know that they will be excited for the challenge that Westminster will pose on Saturday afternoon,” Buha said.

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