By Lukas Eggen Ely Times Staff Writer
The White Pine High football team fell to 0-3 on the season after a 44-12 defeat at Lincoln County last Friday.
“For the first time all year, I saw discouragement,” coach James Williams said. “We’re still having major trouble defensively and that can be deflating for the rest of the team. We seem to have a Jekyll and Hyde sort of team.”
“The group we have during the week isn’t quite the same one that shows up on Friday nights.”
The loss marked the third straight game the Bobcats gave up more than 40 points to begin the season. But, with starting quarterback Mike Williams out with an injury suffered during the team’s loss to Battle Mountain, White Pine saw one of its youngest players step up.
“Freshman Monty Moore came in and played quarterback for us,” Williams said. “He threw one touchdown pass and really didn’t make any mistakes. That’s a tough thing for anyone to do, much less a freshman.”
But three games into the season and the Bobcats are looking to turn the corner and translate what they do in practices into its games.
“Right now, our mental focus,” Williams said. “We have to learn how to bring the things we learn and apply in practice to the games.”
White Pine goes on the road for a second straight week to play Laughlin. Laughlin is also 0-3 on the season, coming off a 36-6 defeat against The Meadows. The game, featuring two teams looking to gain some momentum, could provide a spark for the Bobcats.
“(I expect to see) a team similar to our own,” Williams aid. “They’ve struggled early just like we have. They will probably run the ball a lot and pass with play action.”
While White Pine’s first few games have been a trial by fire for many of the team’s younger players, Williams said the team still has the potential and the chance to make a playoff run.
“There are a lot of young, inexperienced teams,” Williams said. “Playoff seeds will be decided by who grows up the fastest. We can be one of those teams.”
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