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Tigers show fight in loss, face RH

POSTED: October 12, 2017 10:50 a.m.
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Ross Couch is Bradwell Institute’s football coach and a former award winning sportswriter.

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Going into last Friday’s game, we knew Brunswick was good. They just confirmed for everyone that they are one heck of a football team that has a chance to go deep in the playoffs.

The Pirates’ quarterback is a special player, and the overall team speed that was on the field for them Friday is going to give a lot of people some matchup problems. The first play of the game was an example of that, with Brunswick connecting on a deep route in the middle of the field for a score when our safety lost leverage. We responded on our first drive and tied the game, but Brunswick got the momentum and built a big lead at halftime.

But our players have a lot of fight in them. Coming out of the half down 28 points, it would have been easy to just check out for the third and fourth quarter. Instead, we came out swinging in the third and cut the lead down to two scores at one point before we just ran out of gas. Our guys never gave up, and they played with pride.

Yes, we have a long way to go before we reach our potential, but we’re headed in the right direction. Brunswick was the best team we faced all year, but we had our moments where we looked like a pretty good team ourselves. We’ve got to become more consistent, and we’ve got to play four quarters of good football.

Losing is never fun, and anyone who tells you that a loss doesn’t bother them is not being honest. However, you always learn more about your team from a loss than you do any win, and there’s a whole lot to be learned from a game like Friday night.

Hopefully we can learn from those lessons this week and get a better result Friday against Richmond Hill.

This week’s matchup: This week Richmond Hill comes to Olvey Field for our second region game of the season. The Wildcats come into the game undefeated and loaded for bear. Coach Matt LeZott has a great staff and a talented group of kids, and they are on a roll.

This will be Military Appreciation Night, and there will be a special pre-game schedule to honor the armed forces. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Come out and cheer these guys on.

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