Offensive Execution – after our Rainier game I was incredibly concerned about execution our offensive scheme. The prior week we missed assignments that had been taught to every kid on the team over the past four years. Those mistakes were few and far between against VC. We rolled up over 550 yards of total offense on the night (the most in my tenure as coach) and had a couple of unbelievable individual nights (Alex Barker 24/324 4 td’s, Jaxon Smith 75 yard TD reception, Otto Hoekstre 6/9 165 yards 1 td).
Confidence and Preparation – our week of practice last week was like no other the entire year. Everyone was attentive, the tempo was fast, and the reps were plenty. Our scout team did a fantastic job of preparing us for the week. There was as sense of confidence going into the contest on Friday night that had eluded us all season. I am hoping that everyone paid attention to what that looked and felt like as we prepared last week.
Coverage – with the exception of one ball completed over the top we were solid in coverage all night. We knew that VC had an explosive offense that could score at the drop of the hat and that we had to be committed to our assignment and make plays in front of us. We did that all night and prevented the quick strike score. Our secondary was incredibly disciplined all evening and allowed our offense to come onto the field and chew clock.
Homecoming Win – This marks four in a row on Homecoming. Our team did a great job in preparation this week despite the many distractions. Homecoming wins are always great , especially when the majority of the team can get on the field in a huge win.
Not Your Average Homecoming Queen - How cool is it that? Our kicker, Whitney Westerholm, was also the homecoming queen. I can promise you she looked much better in a dress than the rest of the team!
Special Teams Mistakes – We have to do a better job on kickoff. Spotting teams a half field after a score is a great way to let teams right back into a game. Additionally, we have to take advantage of our place kicking game and get points on the board after a score. We were lackadaisical in our coverage and converting our PAT’s.
Snakebit – For whatever reason, this is the season of adversity due to injury. We seem to take two steps forward and one step back each week as guys begin returning to the field. We were dealt a big blow this week when starting QB, Otto Hoekstre, went down in the 4th quarter at the goal line. Our prayers are with him for a safe and quick recovery.
When we assumed responsibility for the program 4 years ago we knew we would never have the biggest roster in the state, let alone the Cowapa League. We often seemed to say “Next Man Up”. This year more than ever this has been the case. We talk a lot about adversity in our program and have always explained to the kids that they way you handle adversity now will define you for the rest of your life. It appears that lesson has not fallen on deaf ears. It’s been amazing to see our guys step up in the face of all these injuries when we’ve had to call their number.