Cardinals lay egg at Chesnee

Published 6:40 pm Wednesday, September 8, 2010

A dominating Eagles defense and a series of costly mistakes doomed Landrum Friday night in a 41-0 loss at Chesnee.

The Cardinals turned the ball over six times&bsp; — three fumbles lost and three interceptions — and never got its running game going as the Eagles held LHS to just 6 yards rushing on 31 attempts after sack yardage and tackles for loss.

Cannon, who passed for 135 yards on 12 of 23 passing, was sacked five times and intercepted twice.

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We made too many mistakes, and were working to correct those mistakes this week, said LHS head coach Russell Mahaffey.

The Eagles (2-0) scored on six of their first seven possessions and took a commanding 34-0 lead into halftime.

Chesnee quarterback Walt Miller connected on 14 of 23 pass attempts for 225 yards and four touchdowns, including two each to receivers Taylor Wade and DaJohn Rowland. Running back Grant Jones also scored on runs of 2 and 17 yards in the second quarter.

Cole McDowell managed a team-best 61 yards on 12 carries for the Cardinals (1-1). He also had three receptions for 46 yards. Jacob Lindsay had two catches for 38 yards.

The tough loss left head coach Russell Mahaffey taking the blame.

It was my fault, Mahaffey said. I obviously didnt have the team ready to play and thats on me. Im working on that, too.

The Cardinals are back on the road Friday night when they face Polk County in their annual border rivalry.