STANTON — The undefeated, unscored-on season is history. Now Central Montcalm’s football team can look forward to playing football without the added pressure.
“We strive for perfection, that’s what our objective is,” said Green Hornets coach Marty James. “But hopefully we’ll just concentrate on playing football and doing the things we’re supposed to do, and never let the outcome or the end of the game be the motivation for how the game is supposed to be played. A lot of the time the outcome will take care of itself.”
The three-game goose-egg streak ended last Friday when Central lost to Manistee 25-14. In that game, James said mistakes really hurt his team.
“We had some key turnovers in key situations,” he said. “… credit to Manistee … good football team, better than us on Friday night. One of those situations.”
James has stressed the Hornets need to forget about what happened against the Chippewas.
“I think that’s the one thing we have to do. We have to put it behind us,” he said. “We’re not used to losing often, and we justs have to move forward. We have to keep focusing on the things we do and try not to get caught up in shutting people out and play ing our game.”
So now Central looks towards this Friday’s game against Reed City. The Coyotes are undefeated themselves at 4-0, having knocked off Big Rapids, Morley-Stanwood, Holton and Hesperia by a total of 144-59.
“It’s pretty much a carbon copy of what we saw against Manistee,” James said of Reed City’s offense. “They are physical, run the ‘wing-T,’ and pass the ball when they need to. They’re not going to make a lot of mistakes so we have to match that”
James said the one thing to having success offensively against the Coyotes is “winning the line of scrimmage,” he said.
“If we win the line of scrimmage we’ll have success,” he said. “If we can’t control the clock that plays into their hands. We have to do some of that ourselves, maintain drives and control the clock. When you have a team that hides the ball well you have to trust the game plan pouts you in the right place.”
Ball possession is especially critical, James noted.
“Against a team like Reed City that plays a ball control offense, we have to capitalize on the opportunities we have,” he said. “We have to either score or flip the field so they are in long situations. That was one of the problems against Manistee. They played on a short field a lot. We need to turn that around.”
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