As the White Pine High football team took to its home field for the last time this season, the Bobcats failed to score for a fourth straight game, falling to Meadows 35-0 last Friday. White Pine, which honored its seniors during halftime, fell behind quickly in the first half.
“In the second half, it’s still not where we’d like it to be, but it was better,” coach James Williams said. “The first half, we came out flat. We didn’t make the tackles we needed to make, people weren’t blocking; across the board, nobody was playing very well. That’s how they got up so fast.”
The loss dampened the team’s tribute to its seniors: Dillon Neagle, Chase Odgers, Seth Lester, Ignacio Chamorro, Tony Rodger, Tanner Jacobson, Mike Williams, Dallas Setterstrom, Alex Hill, Emmitt Finicum and Levi Winsryg.
While this season hasn’t gone according to plan, this group of seniors has a bright future, Williams said.
“The group of personalities that class has, they are a great group of kids,” Williams said. “I don’t think I have a single senior that I worry about getting in trouble on the weekends or anything like that. They are, as far as young men, top notch, high quality people.
“I wish this year would have turned out better. I’ve coached a lot of them and I’ve known a lot of them since they were little. The season didn’t turn out the way we wanted it to, but all our football careers end at some point or another and I’m confident they will be just fine once they leave the building.”
As the Bobcats conclude their season at Agassi Prep, White Pine is hoping to end the 2013 season on a positive note.
“Early in the year, the defense was bad and the offense was pretty consistent,” Williams said. “Then we had a shift where our defense is playing pretty well and our offense is not there. It would be nice, and that’s what we’re going to hammer on, if we can get both units to operate and get a good showing on both sides of the ball. That’s our goal this week.”