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(September 29, 2014)
The Lake Hamilton game was several games wrapped in one. Bottom line we got beat 56 to 29 and we had three turnovers and couldn't stop them the first half. The second half, our kids had plenty of opportunities to throw in the towel and just go through the motions and get Mercy Ruled and beat even worse, but they didn't. They came out the second half and it was a 15-14 game our favor. That was not against their second teamers! They had their first unit in until the end. The first three games the defense excelled. Friday they had their struggles. If you would have told me we would legitimately score four touchdowns and rush for 456 yards against them I would have said we would win the game............except for three turnovers. We are averaging three turnovers a game and that must stop if we hope to turn this around. We can't, and not many teams can, overcome three turnovers a game and win. We averaged 8.6 yards per rushing attempt and that is outstanding. We only had two penalties (from a coaching perspective both somewhat questionable, but still penalties). We only punted once for 52 yards as Brady Bibb and our Punt Team continues to protect, snap, punt, and cover well. I know this sounds somewhat preposterous when you get beat 56 to 28, but we continue to improve as a football team. All season we have played without our starting offensive left tackle (Brian Canada a Sr) and our starting Def End (Maleek Caton). That hurts when you lose linemen of that caliber. We should get Maleek back soon. The one thing I can say without a shadow of doubt, our kids have not quit or given up. They continue to fight the second half regardless of the score and come back the following week and practice and give effort. If we continue to do that, one of these weeks we will put it all together and beat someone we are not supposed to and go on to become a complete team. One and three we are not happy with or take as acceptable. But the effort and attitude of our team we are very happy with.
Offensively, Brandon Bennett (QB) was our Farm Bureau Player Game of the Game. Brandon had 172 yards rushing on 17 attempts for a 10.1 average and one TD. It could just have easily been Brockton Brown with 17 carries for 126 yards and a 7.4 average with one TD. Eli Anderson had 9 carries for 67 yards and a 7.4 average and a TD. Brockton is a slot but played our B Back position when Eli went out with an injury. Brockton has not worked at B Back any. so he stepped into another position and did great. Obviously you don't put up those numbers without the offensive line doing a great job. Teddy Hughes (guard), Jacob Atnip (guard) and Dakota Stone were our highest graders and Hughes had 17 knockdowns and Atnip had 13 knockdowns. Both playing their best games.
El Dorado is next. They are 3-1 beating Magnolia and Camden Fairview and Hall and losing to Byrd High School out of Shreveport. Like always, they are big, talented, and athletic. We have to continue to focus on Sheridan and continuing to improve on both sides of the ball and hopefully we can get some hurt guys back soon. We are making progress. We are getting there. We are not there yet.............but we will be. Hopefully this weekend we can put four quarters of error-free ball together on both sides.
Tonight the 7th Grade plays two games at White Hall starting at 5:15. The High School does not have a JV game schedule for tonight. Then, Thursday night the 8th and 9th Grade Stingers play White Hall at Sheridan starting at 5:15 pm.
Thank you for such a great crowd at Homecoming last Friday. Sorry we could not have delivered a win for you.
Head Football CoachSheridan High School