SHS Football Coach Gary Kinne -- Weekly Blog #3

By: Coach Gary Kinne

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Sherman Football Coach Gary Kinne will join to share his thoughts and observations on his team throughout the 2010 season. Each week, you'll receive a breakdown of the previous game, the positives that stood out, the areas of improvement, the upcoming game on the schedule and more, straight from Coach Kinne!

Here is blog #3, focusing last week's one-point loss to Highland Park and looking ahead to Friday's upcoming game against Lake Dallas.

Sherman_Bearcats_Logo.jpg* What a game against Highland Park last Friday in our home opener. I thought we played well.  We obviously didn’t get the outcome we wanted, but I thought our guys played really hard.  We just didn’t execute at kicking a field goal or kicking an extra point.  Sometimes in a good game between two good teams, it comes down to little things and the way they are executed.  So we didn’t get the outcome we wanted.

* I thought our execution on offense was the biggest positive.  We were able to move the ball consistently and score 42 points.  Usually, that’s enough to win a game so I was very pleased with the way our offense gelled.

* Obviously, we’ve got to do a better job in the kicking game.  We’ve got to do a better job of snapping and holding and kicking extra points and field goals.  That’s an area we definitely have to improve on.  We also have to do a better job of defending the pass.  We didn’t do a good job in the secondary of defending the pass.

* We’ve talked about the quarterback a lot but I thought Thor Long had a tremendous game.  He’s putting together quite a season.  He definitely had a break-out game statistically.  He’s played well the previous two weeks, but he had a big game against Highland Park, throwing for over 500 yards, which is a school record.  He’s a great young man and he had a great night.  He was hitting his receivers and really stepping up in the pocket when he needed to, delivering the ball on time and taking care of the ball.  He didn’t throw an interception.  He took care of the football, and we like to see that.

* Offensively, we try to take what they give us.  They’re going to give us the pass, or they’re going to give us the run.  We’re going to try to be balanced but, at the same time, whatever they’re going to give us, we’re going to try to take.  Highland Park was definitely stacking for the run, and so we were able to throw the ball pretty well.  We would like to be more balanced.  We would like to be able to run the ball a little bit more effectively when we do need to run it. That’s something we’re definitely going to have to work on.

* This was just a preseason game for us.  It’s a game for pride and it’s a game you want to win.  Any time we play, we want to win.  In the big scheme of things, our guys understand that we can still reach all of the goals we’ve set ... to be district champions and to advance in the playoffs.  We can still do all of those things.  This game was kind of a measuring stick.  We think that, even though we lost, as the measuring stick goes, we definitely showed up.  We showed that we’re a good football team and somebody to be reckoned with in our area.

* Lake Dallas is up next and they’re a good football team.  They beat us last year and went 9-1 in 2009.  They have lost some players and they have a new team obviously.  They’ve still got a lot of good players coming back.  Their quarterback is an excellent football player.  He’s a Division 1 kid.  They’ve got a lot of talent.  Their running backs can really run.  They’ve got a lot of team speed, so we’re going to have to play our best game.  They definitely present a big challenge.

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