Patriots suffer first loss after 2-0 start
by Billy Cannada Staff Writer
POWDERSVILLE – The Powdersville High football team will be looking for a quick turnaround after suffering its first loss to Southside last Friday night.
Powdersville coach Robert Mustar said his Patriots are now looking ahead to Liberty, hoping to put the 25-12 defeat in the rear view.
“We’re going to move on,” Mustar said. “Looking back, although it might sound crazy, this might be a blessing. This might be one of the turning points to our season. They humbled us a little bit. This was a good reality check before we go into region play.”
Mustar said Southside was as good as advertised and presented some problems for his offense.
“They were exactly what we saw advertised on film,” Mustar said. “They were big, fast and physical. We knew that going into it and they showed it to us on game night.”
Despite some miscues on offense, Mustar said his defensive unit played extremely well.
“I thought our defense played very well. We gave up 25 points but two of those scores were interceptions that were taken back for touchdowns,” Mustar said. “Our defense stood their ground, but our offense had a very tough time. We turned the ball over too much. Anytime you have five turnovers, things probably aren’t going to go the way you want them to.”
Mustar said he hopes the team’s first loss will serve as a wakeup call.
“This was a good wakeup call before we go play Liberty this week,” Mustar said. “As of now, that’s the most important game on our schedule because it’s the next one. It’s important to get off to a good start in the region.”
With the Red Devils marking the beginning for region play, Mustar said he knows both teams are looking at a fresh start on Friday.
“They’re probably going to look at film from last year’s game against us and see where we had some success against them and how they can maybe stop that,” Mustar said. “They’re a good football team that has played some quality opponents. I’m sure their hungry for a win.”
The head coach said his team will need to have a solid performance to fight off an 0-3 Liberty squad.
“Anytime you go against a team that hasn’t won a game, you better be on your toes,” Mustar said. “They might be hungrier than you are so you have to prepare.”
Looking ahead, Mustar said his team will have their work cut out for them this year.
“We’re in a very tough AA region,” Mustar said. “You can’t take anyone for granted. Each team is well-coached and you had better be prepared when you go against them.”
Kickoff against Liberty is set for 7:30 p.m. in Powdersville.
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