Like most teams that have to fight their way from the bottom to success, sometimes a string of wins can build overconfidence too quickly. White Pine High School head football coach Quinn Ewell watched it happen in front of his eyes as his Bobcat team (4-2) was brought back down to Earth with a 40-12 loss to Agassi Prep in Las Vegas last Friday.

“We came out comfortable. We didn’t have the want to win,” Ewell said of his team’s disappointing performance in the road game.

“We just didn’t have much drive and as a result we came out flat.”

Ewell noted that certain players on the team, including the team’s captains never gave up or relented in their effort on the field, but he could sense that as a team, his squad had lost that scrappy drive and hard hitting chip on their collective shoulder that helped them rattle off four straight victories.

But he doesn’t plan on that being a problem for long.

“You fix these kind of attitude things in practice. We are practicing to win this week. Not to just show up and put in the work, but to have the will and the drive to win the game on Friday,” Ewell said.

The coach will get to see if one week of practice is enough to get the job done against Lake Mead Academy in front of a home crowd on Friday. The team needs to win out if they want to hold home field advantage in the playoffs, something that Ewell said is important, but he is just thinking about one week at a time.

“We need to focus on Lake Mead. We need this win. Then we can think bigger after that.”

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