Winder-Barrow High School’s football team is now in its bye week and will look to continue to improve in all phases of the game in preparation for the Oct. 4 game at Heritage.
The Bulldoggs (1-3, 0-2) are coming off an unusual game last week against Salem. WBHS led by 10 point at halftime but saw turnovers prove costly as the visiting Seminoles rallied for a 60-37 victory.
“It was a tough, tough loss when you essentially give them 35 points off turnovers,” Bulldogg coach David Wagner said. “I don’t know the words to sum it up. We had some things happen, especially in the second half, that is really impossible to prepare for. You don’t see something happen often to that magnitude.”
Going into halftime, Wagner said the coaching staff felt good about how the team had played and felt only a few minor adjustments were necessary. Then the floodgate of turnovers began.
“Within a couple of minutes you go from being up 10 to down four,” Wagner said. “On the positive side, the blocking was there on those plays even though we made mistakes in other areas. When it rains it pours. Our mistakes on both sides of the football were just compounded in the game.”
Eliminating turnovers will be a focus during the bye week before WBHS returns to action Oct. 4.
“We will definitely look at it,” Wagner said. “There have been a couple of games where we shot ourselves in the foot so many times. It’s tough because we aren’t doing it in practice and then it really hits you during the game.”
In fact, Wagner said the Bulldoggs had a solid week of practice going into the Salem contest.
“We didn’t have a bad snap in practice all week,” the coach said. “The coaches felt good about where we were. From Monday through Thursday, everything was perfect.”
The team will begin prep work for Heritage as well this week.
The Patriots are 3-1 going into this Friday’s game against Gainesville.
Heritage is also 2-0 in Region 8-AAAAA although Gainesville will provide the toughest challenge to date.
“We will look at making the necessary adjustments and will also work on fundamentals,” Wagner said. “We still feel like we have a good football team. However, we cannot make the mistakes we made last Friday. It is frustrating. We have to continue to get better.”
WBHS defensive coordinator Stanley Allen said the defense did not play that poorly until things got out of hand against Salem,
“It’s hard to overcome what happened Friday night,” Allen said. “We just need to keep working and get better. We will look at personnel and see where we are. We are not where we want to be, but can get there with a lot of hard work.”
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