Dragons 'stay together' despite loss
HOUSTON – Before changing and boarding the busses for the trip back to Seattle after Saturday’s 32-23 loss to Houston, Will Sutton had something to tell his teammates.
His message was simple. After minicamp, training camp and five games this season, the Dragons have invested too much time and effort into their season to quit fighting.
He expressed the need for the team to “stay together.”
“We’ve got to fight,” he said. “Let’s fight.”
The Dragons forced three turnovers. They started strong offensively. They went on the road against the league’s last unbeaten team and held a lead for most of the game, but it wasn’t enough.
Jacquies Smith provided an early spark for the Dragons, coming up with a strip-sack that led to a BJ Daniels touchdown. Cornerback Marko Myers added an interception in the second half that set up another Seattle score and it looked like the Dragons were headed for an upset, taking a 23-14 lead in the third quarter.
And then, when Jordan Martin hauled in the team’s second interception of the game, forcing the third turnover, it seemed like the Dragons had the momentum they needed.
“I tried to make him bait the throw,” Martin said. “I was kind of surprised he threw it. Then the ball was in the air and that’s my game right there. Just be a ballhawk and come down with it.”
The Dragons now have seven interceptions on the season, with each one coming from a different player.
But, even with the big plays, the Dragons suffered their fourth loss of the season and will look to regroup before next week’s game against Los Angeles in Seattle.
“We just keep building,” Martin said. “We can’t fold. Times like this are where good teams rise. As you can see, all of our games have been close. We’re not getting blown out of the stadium. All of our games are one 1 ½ possessions. We’ve just got to stick together. Both sides played hard. We’ve just got to stick together and make our corrections.”