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September 19, 2016
A message from the coach:
Friday night we lost to White Hall 35 - 7 in a very disappointing game that should have been much closer and a chance to win. We didn't play smart and we didn't play well. We played just good enough to get beat by 35-7. Point in case: We lost four turnovers on offense. Three were unforced and happened by our own doing. Two missed pitches that were very catchable and one overthrown pass that resulted in a touchdown for them. Defensively we gave up four big plays, two resulting in touchdowns. No one can beat a bad team with that combination. I really thought we were mentally ready to play and focused. I think we were. But you still have to go out and execute and play. That part we did not do.
Like in any game, there were the bad spots and there were good spots. Defensively, R.J. Stieve, a young man who came back out for football his senior season played his best game. He was hurt some early in the season but has got better every week. He had three solo tackles, three assists, and a QB Pressure. Bryce Boatright led all tacklers with 14 total tackles and Collin Dye, another young man who has come back out this year, had six total tackles and 2 tackles for a loss and one sack. Defensively, we played well in many spots and ran to the football, but had too many mistakes resulting in big plays.
Offensively, we had done well in the first three games with keeping turnovers to a minimum. Not so in this game. Lack of total execution resulted in three of the four turnovers. Our first possession, we drive down to their 11 yard line after they had gone up 7-0. We run the option and drop the pitch and they get it. Last week we were 0 for 10 in third down conversions. This week we were 43% which isn't great but still pretty good. We had the ball for 28:23 minutes and they had it for 18:47. McKinley Williams rushed the ball 32 times for 157 yards and 4.9 average. I could go on but you get the picture. We did a lot of things better than the previous game, but it goes back to four turnovers. We have two goals every week: Win and No Turnovers. They go pretty much hand in hand. We have to do a better job of coaching execution this week and stop the turnovers.
We start conference play this week going to Siloam Springs on Friday. In recent years we haven't played Siloam so it will be a new experience for our team to travel that far. That presents some obstacles in itself. But it is only an obstacle if we let it be one. We will break the trip up by stopping in Russellville to stretch our legs, then eat in Springdale and then on to Siloam Springs. We need to start our conference season off 1-0 and get that bad taste out of our mouths. Only way to do that is a week of hard work, focus, and commitment to getting the job done by accomplishing our objectives for this game. Maybe it is hard to tell by some, but we see a lot of our players getting better and we are more healthy than we have been since the season started. We will see what this leads to! "We are not through yet!"
Monday (tonight) the 7th grade plays two games at Pulaski Academy starting at 5:15. Tuesday night the 8th and 9th JV play at Benton starting at 5:30. Thursday night the 8th and 9th grades play Pulaski Academy here at 5:15. Our JV Game scheduled vs JA Fair for tonight was cancelled by them because they didn't feel like they had enough players to play. Can't beat a week full of football! Thank you for your support. We had a great crowd here for White Hall. Sorry we let you down.
Head Football Coach
Sheridan High School