R&L Fusion suffered a loss in conference play against Hysham Friday night, losing 19-6.
The Pirates’ victory places them second in the Eastern 6-Man football standings, while the Fusion drops to fourth, placing them right under Terry.
Key injuries for the Fusion included seniors Jared Rosaaen and Christian Prevost.
After injuring his knee in last week’s game against Savage, Prevost said he will most likely not play in the Fusion’s last two regular-season games.
“I think Kyle stepped in for run blocking pretty decently,” Prevost said about sophomore Kyle Watson.
“I’ll be back for the playoffs most likely,” Prevost said. “I think we have a good chance in the playoffs. It looks like we’re going to have a decent first-round game, but after that it’s going to be tough.”
Fusion’s only touchdown on Friday came from senior Cameron Johnson with a four-yard run. The kick failed.
Junior Cameron Gomke had what appeared to be promising passes from junior quarterback Lane Verschoot, there was multiple times that the Pirates could have been called with pass interferences.
“We can’t blame the refs,” Prevost said. “The intensity just wasn’t there.”
Being able to stop Johnson offensively all night led Hysham to its win.
With R&L’s offense unable to convert, mostly due to penalties, its defense had a long, cold night.
Fusion’s defense played well, holding Hysham, a team that ranked high early in the season, to 19 points.
“For us to hold them to 19 points, that is pretty impressive,” Prevost said about the Fusion’s defense.
For the Pirates, Hysham’s Matthew Kolb caught an 11-yard pass from John Cunningham. The extra point was good from Cunningham’s pass to Shad Schaak.
Cunningham made a 39-yard pass for a touchdown in the second quarter with a failed kick. Kolb, made the Pirates’ last scoring drive with a 46-yard run in the third quarter. Fusion senior Logan Verschoot blocked Hysham’s field goal attempt.
Pirates’ Kolb rushed for 140 yards and two touchdowns, leading Hysham to its conference win Friday night in Richey.
The Fusion will go on the road next Friday to Ekalaka. The team will host Rosebud only a few days after, on Oct. 17.
The next two games should be wins for the Fusion, to finish out the season strong. If the team remains fourth, they remain in the playoff running. They need to be 100 percent healthy to be a physical threat and once they are, the Fusion has the talent to finish strong.
“I think we have really come together as a team and worked really hard,” Prevost said. “I’m really excited to get into the playoffs and see what we can do.”