Three weeks into the regular season, the South Coast Outlaws are finding out just how tough the competition is in a higher division.
PLYMOUTH - Three weeks into the regular season, the South Coast Outlaws are finding out just how tough the competition is in a higher division.
South Coast scored first Friday night at Veterans Stadium, but the Quincy Militia fought back to score the final 21 points and take a 21-7 win. The loss drops the Outlaws' record to 1-2 three weeks into the team's maiden EFL voyage.
"What we're experiencing is more of a difference in divisions rather than leagues," said Head Coach Brian Rezendes about the team's switch from the New England Football League to the EFL. "We are playing at the AAA level rather than AA for the first time, and there is a talent and depth difference between the leagues."
Two key mistakes kept popping up Friday night, Rezendes explained. South Coast was hurt by poor tackling on defense as well the inability to convert on third down to keep drives moving down the field on offense.
"We have the talent, size and speed to compete with anyone on our schedule. We just have to prepare better and play better. All the mistakes we're making so far are entirely correctable."
Both teams had several chances to put points on the scoreboard early in the game, but turnovers didn't allow it to happen. Quincy picked off two passes to stop South Coast drives in the first half and then recovered an Outlaws fumble for a touchdown in the final minutes of the game.
After a scoreless first half, South Coast broke the ice with a short touchdown run by Chris McNally. A long completion from Mitch Graziano to Justin Elliott helped set up the touchdown.
All the rest of the scoring was done by Quincy. They tied the game on a short TD run late in the third quarter and then jumped into their first lead of the game a few minutes later on the strength of a long-distance scoring strike. They added another score with about five minutes left to play after recovering an Outlaws fumble in the end zone to make the final score 21-7.
South Coast is back home Friday night at 8 at Massachusetts Maritime Academy to take on the Boston Panthers.
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