Isaac Trotter's five takeaways from M-S' Week 8 victory

Mahomet-Seymour finally ended its five-game losing streak with a 14-0 win at Lincoln. The Bulldogs will have a chance to finish off their season on a high note, hosting Macomb tonight for Senior Night.

M-S sits at 2-6 on the season and finished 2-4 in Apollo Conference play. Let's take a look at five takeaways from M-S' road victory over Lincoln last Friday:

No. 1: Daunte Roberts shines

If you like watching an outstanding linebacker, you should come out to Frank Dutton Field and watch Roberts play tonight on Senior Night against Macomb. The senior had 11 tackles and 4.0 tackles for loss to help M-S shut out Lincoln, and the Bulldogs' defense had their best performance of the year, holding Lincoln to just 55 yards of total offense.

Roberts sheds blockers like it's nothing, and he knifes into the backfield in the blink of an eye. And once he gets a hold of you, it's over. Roberts' patience and vision is what makes him special. Roberts surveys the play and he rarely gets fooled on play action, and when he recognizes the play, Roberts enters the fray with reckless abandon and slings the ball carrier to the ground.

Roberts puts on a clinic on a weekly basis, averaging just under 10 tackles per game. He has a team-high 75 tackles and 7.0 tackles for a loss on the year, including 57 solo tackles.

No. 2: Super soph doesn't disappoint

The Bulldogs' season has been a major disappointment. M-S sits at just 2-6 and will miss the playoffs, but the play of sophomore Clay Hubble has been a big bright spot. Hubble exploded against Lincoln for 96 rushing yards, including a 72-yard touchdown.

Hubble might only be 5-foot-6 and 150 pounds, but good luck on tackling him in the open field. Hubble has been a big-play machine since Week One against state-ranked Washington. Hubble had a 19-yard run and a 37-yard reception against Washington, and he hasn't looked back. Hubble is second on the team with 473 rushing yards and six touchdowns. He's added five catches for 51 yards. The best stat to describe Hubble is the fact that the sophomore averages just under 7.5 yards per touch. He'll torture the Apollo Conference for the next two years.

No. 3: Bulldogs' defense steps up

A staple of M-S head football coach Keith Pogue's teams has been defenses that terrorize quarterbacks, stuff the run and take the ball away. In the first seven games of the year, M-S had given up an average of 36.1 points per game. It's hard to win when that's happening. But on Friday, the embattled Bulldog defense responded with hands-down their best performance of the year.

Connor Thomason and Jacob Anderson both had interceptions, and the Bulldogs pitched a shutout for the first time this year. Ethan Carlson (one sack), Harrison LaCour (two sacks) and Roberts (11 tackles) all stood out.

No. 4: Don't test Connor Thomason

Thomason has certified himself as a takeaway machine. The senior safety hauled in another interception against Lincoln. Make that four straight weeks with an interception. Thomason has five of the Bulldogs' seven interceptions on the year.

Next step for Thomason is returning another interception to the house. He ran one back for a touchdown against Charleston in Week Two, and he'll have one more chance tonight to add to his interception total.

No. 5. Jordan Veldman surpasses 1,000-yard mark

Veldman had a terrific junior year, tallying 628 yards from scrimmage and six touchdowns. But the senior stepped up with a huge final campaign.

After rushing for 104 yards and a touchdown against Lincoln, Veldman now has 569 rushing yards and 24 catches for 432 receiving yards. The senior has 1,001 yards from scrimmage and a team-high 10 touchdowns this year. It was the third time this year that Veldman has rushed for over 100 yards in a game, and breaking the 1,000-yard mark is pretty impressive after Washington held Veldman to just 28 total yards in the season opener.

If Veldman accumulates 255 yards from scrimmage tonight against Macomb, he'd double his junior year numbers.

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