PIEDMONT — A disappointing outing in week one has Wren High football coach Jeff Tate and his team scrambling to regroup for Friday’s contest at T.L. Hanna.
The Hurricanes did not get off to the start they wanted last Friday against Woodmont, falling by a score of 35-14.
Wren, which turned the ball over seven times, had plenty of struggles from kickoff, according to Tate.
“From play one until the game was over with we had too many turnovers, too many penalties and a lack of execution,” Tate said. “You can’t turn the ball over seven times if you want to be successful. Until we work on our mistakes and limit some of them we’re probably going to have the same results.”
Although the Hurricanes have lost several starters from last year’s team, Tate said that is no excuse.
“You can attribute it to inexperience, but these guys—like teams in the past—have had the same amount of time to prepare and practice,” Tate said. “These guys do have skill, but there’s a lack of concentration and a lack of focus. You have to be able to react and be an athlete and we didn’t do that very well Friday.”
Tate said the team’s momentum was foiled in the second quarter when the Hurricanes failed to take advantage of some opportunities.
“We had some opportunities in the second quarter to get even or take the lead. We did get even, but we never were able to take the lead when we had chances,” Tate said. “All our kids played hard and fought back, but it just wasn’t there for us.”
The head coach said his team simply did not execute.
“Even with our turnovers and penalties, we still had opportunities where we didn’t execute,” Tate said. “We have to play with confidence. If you’re doing something, but you don’t feel confident in what you’re doing, you’re not going to be successful. Our kids have to develop confidence and belief and trust in one another.”
Moving forward, Tate said Wren needs to do a better job of defending big plays.
“Defensively, we were pretty good against the run, but we didn’t defend the pass well,” Tate said. “We would get them in a third and long situation and they would pass for a first down or a touchdown. We can’t give up those big plays.”
Despite the mistakes, Tate still says there are areas where his team can build.
“It wasn’t like our kids laid down and gave up,” Tate said. “They played hard, and those are thing you can build on. We just have to keep improving and when we get to the region we’ll have an opportunity to win some games.”
Wren will travel to Hanna on Friday for a 7:30 p.m. kickoff.