September 20, 2005:
In spite of the score and the loss to Blytheville last Friday night, the coaches could see improvement in several areas of team and individual play. we realize how important it is to remain positive with such a young group of athletes. Scott Dunaway had a solid game at his WR position, catching 9 passes, and sophomore Joe Uhls had a stellar game at LB, particularly in the first half.
Two things that hurt our chances to win: our inability to tackle and stop Blytheville's fullback; another thing that was obvious was the opponent's size and strength, a decided advantage for them, especially in the fourth quarter. To be competitive, more of our athletes and their families MUST completely buy into off-season conditioning and weightlifting to help offset these size disadvantages!
I cannot wait for next week's game vs. Normandy! I am excited each week to see how much we improve. Thursday night is also "Faculty & Staff Appreciation Night." My football athletes and managers have been offered the opportunity to publicly recognize and thank educators, administrators, and support staff whom they feel have made a positive impact on their lives. Honorees will be introduced during a short pregame ceremony at 6:40PM with kick-off of the game scheduled for 7PM.
September 16, 2005:
My staff and I were disappointed we let our potential first win of the '05 season get away from us at St. Charles-West last Friday evening (SCW 24-CHS 14). Our young sqad did in fact show improvement in several areas, but missed alignments and missed assigments at various times ruined the chance for victory.
Those two concepts (Alignment/Assignment), along with Special Teams, Penalties, Turnovers, and Time of Possession are areas we evaluate each and every week and strive to improve on. Our Special Teams play was solid overall, particularly once again our Kick-Off Return squad. Punt team made improvements as well and punter Andy Billmeyer took advantage of good protection and had a good night punting the ball.
An obvious bright spot in a losing cause was the inspiring effort and production of diminutive junior Tailback Hykeem Hammonds. Although only 5' 6, 143 pounds, Hammonds rushed for approximately 120 yards and 2 TD's, displaying not only the speed he contributes to the Tigers record-setting 4X100 Meter Relay Team during the Track season but also deceptive power for a back his size.
We are proud of Hykeem's efforts and expect week to week improvement as the season progresses. Sophomore QB Garrett Stevens struggled vs. St. Charles, but the staff expects he and several of our other young athletes to settle down and quickly improve. Hopefully we can earn our first win this Friday at home vs. the strong Wing-T offensive attack Blytheville, Arkansas will bring to town, 7PM @ SEMO's Houck Stadium! Be there!
September 6, 2005: