“The biggest problems so far is that we are always one guy away, either a missed block, a blown coverage or whatever.” These are the words of Clopton-Elsberry IndianHawks Head Coach Mike Scheibel, following a 30-0 loss to a tough Brentwood team on Friday, Sept. 13. The team is now 0-3 on the season.
“I think we have played better every week and will to continue to get better as we move forward,” Scheibel said. “Another problem we have had is that the last two games we have played have been against two really good teams.”
According to Scheibel, the IndianHawks need to work harder on their passing game.
“We ran the ball well, but when a team starts packing the box you must be able to pass to keep them back,” explained Scheibel. “We need to continue improving our offense and play a more solid defense.”
When asked what he thought about the game as a whole against Brentwood, Scheibel explained that they are a big, physical team. However, he didn’t negate the fact that his team still played scrappy and made some huge hits.
“I was proud of my team and the way they battled,” said Scheibel. “The score doesn’t show how close the game was.”
Senior quarterback Jack Hicks was 8 for 20 passing for 25 yards and four interceptions. He fared better on the ground with 82 yards on 13 carries.
Junior wide receiver Raheim Porter had four receptions for 19 yards.
Senior running back Devin Linton had 70 yards on seven carries. Senior wide receiver-running back Rheed Leake had 30 yards on eight carries.
On defense, senior defensive back Jamel Shelton had six tackles. Sophomore linebacker Dillon Zumwalt had five tackles and a quarterback sack.
“I am proud of both of these guys. Leake does everything asked of him and Hicks continues to handle himself well,” said Scheibel.
“I think we can bounce back, we are making adjustments every week and improving every week. When that happens victories eventually come, we just need to keep doing what we are doing and not worry about what the record is. Our kids and I say all the time, ‘it’s not how you start, it’s how you finish.’”
Scheibel said he doesn’t want his kids to focus on the record, as he sees them to be a good team. “As long as they improve and stick together they could still have a great season.”