Football Bounces Back After Tough Loss
October 4, 2018
After their first loss of the season, the Varsity football team has practiced continuously in order to prepare for the remaining games in the season. With regained confidence, seniors Dell Pettus and Xavier Hopkins see the loss as beneficial to the team.
While the loss was disappointing, Pettus viewed it as a “wake up call” and believes that it caused the team to adjust their mindset. After being defeated by a team with a losing season, Pettus realized that you can not judge a team by its record.
“We came into the game thinking that we were 3-0 and we had the mindset that they were just going to lay down for us since they had a losing season,” Pettus said. “We thought that we were automatically going to be better than them and they outplayed us because of our mindset.”
Learning from that Friday, Pettus thinks the team is more focused for their upcoming games. With a 35-0 win following right after during the Homecoming game, the team has rebuilt confidence and will continue to play as hard as they can.
“That week was an eye opener and since then we’ve been more focused when it comes to watching film and practicing.” Pettus said. “We’ve been diagnosing their film and taking our time during practice to make sure everyone understands the plays and that everyone has the mindset that just because a team has a losing season doesn’t mean they’re bad.”
Hopkins knows that losing is a bad thing but is glad that it happened early in the season. Hoping to make it to playoffs, Hopkins believes that this loss has taught them how to recover and how to overcome adversity.
“The loss humbled us because we became overconfident but now we know that just because a team has a losing season doesn’t mean they aren’t going to push us around,” Hopkins said. “This loss taught us how to bounce back so we can stay strong throughout the rest of the season.”