Patriot losing skid extends to three games
by Billy Cannada Staff Writer
POWDERSVILLE – With the season winding down, the Powdersville High football team is looking for ways to finish strong after falling in a third-straight region contest last Friday night against Pendleton.
Despite maintaining a late lead, the Patriots were unable to hang on at Pendleton used several big plays in route to a 34-12 win.
Powdersville coach Robert Mustar said the score was actually a lot closer than it looks on paper.
“We played a really good Pendleton team,” Mustar said. “People who weren’t at the game are going to look at the score and say ‘that really got out of hand,’ but that didn’t happen until late in the fourth quarter. We actually had a 12-7 lead with a couple minutes left in the third quarter, but we had some things that didn’t go our way.”
Mustar said a costly muffed punt and crucial penalties down the stretch cost his team a win against Pendleton.
“It’s frustrating,” Mustar said. “I’m not going to blame the officials, but it was frustrating. You tell your kids you have to finish despite what the scoreboard says, but after a while, your players start to feel deflated. We’ve got to just put that one in the past.”
Things will not be getting much easier for this young Patriot squad. Powdersville now faces the region’s toughest opponent in Chesnee Friday night. Chesnee has only lost one game this season, and Mustar said he knows his guys will have a tough road ahead.
“Chesnee is an exceptional team,” Mustar said. “They’ve only lost one game and they are undefeated in our region right now. They’re putting up a lot of points on people, but we’ve just got to go out and play our type of football and execute the way I know we’re capable of.”
With plenty to prove against the region’s best, Mustar said his team will have to step things up on defense if they want to slow Chesnee down.
“Chesnee is very athletic,” Mustar said. “They’ve got a quarterback who is no stranger to our region. He’s very mobile, he’s smart and he knows how to make things happen. That team has some weapons and I don’t see a weak link on either side of the ball for them. We’ve just got to come out ready to play.”
The head coach said a win could go a long way to setting the team back on track for a playoff run.
“A win against Chesnee would be huge,” Mustar said. “It would go a long way towards making the playoffs and that’s our goal. We’ve got three games left and it’s a very attainable goal. We’ve got to get some wins and our goal is still to take the season one game at a time.”
Kickoff against Chesnee is set for 7:30 p.m. in Powdersville.
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