White Pine High School football coach Quinn Ewell said he thought going into the Bobcat’s Sept. 26 game that he felt it would be a close game. After a 50-0 home loss, Ewell felt disappointed knowing that his team didn’t play to their full ability.
“It was a really tough game because I know we didn’t play to our maximum capacity,” Ewell said.
The night started on a low note for the Bobcats (1-3) when starter A.J. Watts left the game with an injury. Things continued to go downhill as Lincoln’s (2-2) receiving core were able to consistently get behind the Bobcats secondary, resulting in big, downfield plays for the Lynx. It wasn’t just the defense that got beat either. Ewell said that the Bobcat’s lack of strength and speed on offense left them unable to find the endzone.
“The injury to Watts was just one thing in a series of things that went wrong in the game,” Ewell said. “Our line was good but our backs struggled. We’ve talked to them about that and how they have to be quick and explosive off the ball, but I felt like they took too many plays off in Friday’s game.”
Despite the blowout loss, Ewell said he was still impressed with the team’s captains effort, something that he hopes will be infectious to the rest of the team.
“We had a few players that played really hard. Our captains played hard the whole game,” the coach said. “The rest of the team kind of gave up though. We need them to continue to play hard through the game if we are going to win.”
The Bobcats will have to put the game out of their mind as they will face off against Laughlin on Oct. 2 at home. Ewell said if his team plays together as he knows they can, the Bobcats should be able to come away with a victory after the short practice week.
“Our expectation is to win,” Ewell said. “This is a team that we should be able to beat. Our players just need to go out there and play with the confidence that they are going to get the win and not be the same team that they were against Lincoln.”
The coach said that a win against Laughlin (0-2) would be a “big confidence booster.” The Bobcats will face the Cougars at home at 5:30 p.m.