Holtville sees strength in Week 1 defeat, opens region play Friday against HandleyPublished 10:30am Thursday, September 5, 2013
Hunter Adams can see the difference in his Bulldogs despite losing two years in a row to Class 3A W.S. Neal.
“Last year, we came out of the W.S. Neal game in shambles,” said Adams of the multitude of Bulldogs with appointments at Rehab Associates following the 2012 game. “This year, we lost and there’s no glory in that. But nobody got hurt and our guys saw the things that beat us were self-inflicted.”
Despite allowing only three first-half first downs, the Bulldogs found themselves on the short end of an 8-0 tally.
With time ticking down in the half, Neal cashed in on a long run and then a long pass giving them a 24-0 lead going into intermission.
“If we could have kept the score at 8-0, with us getting the ball in the second half, I think the outcome of the game could have been completely different,” said Adams. “Coaches will tell you there are 3-5 plays that can change the outcome of the game. And that’s true for that game.”
Over the summer, moreover since he took the job, Adams has preached toughness.
“Iron sharpens iron,” Adams likes to say. That was the case Friday night.
“I learned that we can play tough,” said Adams. “Our guys traded punches all night. We just fell victim to some boneheaded mistakes that led to a collapse where we had to get out of our gameplan. But, I did learn that we can play with good teams.”
A good team is waiting on the Bulldogs Friday night at Wright Field.
Holtville travels to Handley Friday night to face the 0-1 Tigers in the first region affair of the season.
“Handley’s going to be Handley,” said Adams of the squad coached by Mike Battles Sr. “They are going to be big and physical and have skill guys that can tote it. They are going to line up and run the wishbone right at us.”
While the formations may be different than what Neal ran last week, the downhill-style won’t be.
Adams said he wants to see his squad keep their physicality and build on it.
“I want to see the toughness continue and for us to play physical and not back down,” said Adams. “We’ve got to capitalize on the opportunities we missed from last Friday. The guys executed the schemes built into the offense, but they didn’t jump on the opportunities. That’s something we’ve got to do.”
Kickoff for Friday’s game is set for 7 at Wright Field.