Every week throughout the season, Denison Football Coach Cody White will share his thoughts and observations on his team, taking you inside the curtain with a breakdown of the previous game, the positives that stood out, the areas of improvement, the upcoming game on the schedule and more! It's all brought to you by the all-new North Texas Tennis Academy
This week, Coach White breaks down the loss to Belle Glade Central (FL) and looks ahead to the trip to Little Elm.
* Let’s begin but looking back on last Saturday’s game against Belle Glades Central High School, out of the State of Florida. We didn’t play all the way through for 48 minutes like we needed to, as far as execution on our part of it, but they played their spots. We played good defensively. Our defensive line played well. They made some big plays, but it wasn’t that we were in the right position necessarily a lot of the time. We actually gave up some spots. I was pleased with our coverage units ... special teams, punt coverage, kickoff coverage. It had a lot to do with them, but it also had a lot to do with us. Offensively, at times, we looked good. We couldn’t finish things. The points on the board didn’t correlate with how well we moved it. Later on, we moved it well. It didn’t start off well, but it got better as it went.
* The defensive line play was the biggest positive of the night ... they played really well. Where I would like to see us improve the most is being more consistent on offense, and then defensively, our linebacker play needs to get better.
* Marc Jackson played well on defense, but the player of the week was Richard McKinney. Richard played exceptionally well. He blocked an extra point, and then Marc returned that for two points. He made a great effort play, and all that. He did a good job for us.
* The biggest challenge in playing a team from Florida is simply not being familiar with them. We had one game tape, and that was it. We had no idea personnel-wise what they were like. It was a little bit of the unknown. It was a football game. It wasn’t really much different.
* These games don’t mean anything in terms of the end result and the standings. They don’t have anything to do with the district race or a playoff spot. The kids see improvement. The thing we don’t want to do is get used to losing around here because we haven’t done that a whole lot. I don’t want them to be pleased with a loss. We never will be. At the same time, you’ve got to be able to understand that there is some improvement and that the district games are where it becomes very important.
* Finally, let’s talk about Little Elm ... our next opponent. They were a playoff team last year. Coach Stwoers has a year put into his program and he’s done a good job. He’s got some excellent kids. They play exceptionally hard. They’re playing with a lot of confidence right now. The same could be said for us. We’ve got to find a way to get confidence. Wins will certainly help that, so it will be important for us to get down there and take care of business, but it’ll be a dog fight. They’re good, and we’ll have to play well.