Despite a strong defensive performance, the White Pine High football team dropped a road game to Calvary Chapel 12-0 last Friday. Despite holding Calvary Chapel to the lowest total this season, White Pine’s offense suffered its first shut out.
“It wasn’t so much what they were doing, but what we weren’t,” coach James Williams said. “Our offensive line was banged up, which left us with a strong left side. Calvary overloaded our left and our right side simply did not step up and make the blocks that we were asking them to do. In the passing game, our receivers were running poor routes and weren’t in places that our quarterback (Monty Moore) was expecting them to be.”
While the offense struggled, the defense held an opponent to under 20 points for the first time this season.
“Defensively, we played an overall decent game for the first time all year,” Williams said. “With the exception of two big plays, we pretty much stalled their offense.”
Those two big plays, however, resulted in Calvary Chapel’s two scores. The result was, despite an overall strong performance defensively, a loss that dropped the Bobcats record to 0-5.
“I was very disappointed in some of the varsity players,” Williams said. “We needed a few of them to step up due to injuries and they simply did not. We eventually had some JV guys step in and greatly out perform some of the varsity players. It wasn’t due to a difference in ability, but a difference in desire.”
This week sees White Pine host Needles in the school’s Homecoming game, during the school’s Homecoming week. And with a variety of events going on, football remains one of the week’s biggest highlights.
“Homecoming week is a celebration of all things White Pine,” Williams said. “With that said, what makes the week for everyone is what happens at the football game. People show up to watch our team on Friday night. It’s our responsibility to perform to the best of our ability. All eyes are on us.”
Williams said he expects a physical game and try to establish the run to set up the play-action pass later in the game. Needles comes in with 2-2 record. And while White Pine’s season has been a struggle on Friday nights, Williams said he’s hoping the Homecoming game can help turn the team’s season around.
“We’re a team with nothing to lose,” Williams said. “We’ve wasted too many opportunities. Every game from here on out is a playoff game for us. If we want to get in, we have to win.”
Notes: Williams said senior quarterback Mike Williams should return from an injury that knocked him out against Battle Mountain against Needles. Freshman Monty Moore, who took over as quarterback, will continue to see playing time in other positions.