BELDING — Belding didn’t win on Friday night at home against the Greenville Yellow Jackets to open the 2011 season. Despite the loss the Redskins comeback painted a different picture of the type of team they are this season.
“I’m so proud of how our kids came back. We could have packed our tents when we got down and they absolutley did not do that” Belding coach Joel Wilker said Friday. “I’m very proud of how they played.”
This team definitely didn’t give up. Down 40-19 with just over six minutes left, the Redskins scored 21 unaswered points to tie the game and force overtime.
Belding senior Cody Douglas was a member of last year’s team. He was quick to answer when asked about the difference between the two teams.
“The heart,” Douglas said. “We were losing, came back and we were just a step away.”
He also said, “We can’t accept defeat.”
Belding made a comeback, but still lost. Winning still matters at this level. So does continuing to battle.
“Every play is a new play,” Wilker said. “Play your best on the next play and see if we can’t make something happen.”
Wilker sees a difference in his team as well.
“They just have a lot of determination,” Wilker said. “They were down at halftime and they rallied back. I don’t think they are going to allow themselves to not play well.”
The Redskins travel to Lake Odessa to take on Lakewood Thursday evening. It’s the first of three straight road games.
Lakewood lost 45-0 to Hastings on Friday.
O-K Blue Conference play begins a week later at Comstock Park. Five of seven conference teams started the season with victories on Friday.
Belding showed their determination on Friday. They hope to move on from the loss and show improvment while picking up their first victory since 2009.
“The big thing I told them, it hurts, but they have to come back ready to play this week,” Wilker said.