One Game At A Time: Gervais Carrying Momentum Into Week 2

By Jeremy McDonald

GERVAIS, Ore.–  A few days removed from their 214 rushing yard performance against Sheridan, the Gervais Cougars Football team enter Wednesday’s practice looking to carry their momentum into their game versus Portland Christian.

“We took it one play at a time, we really didn’t focus on anything else other than playing football.  That was it, we just went out there and played football,” said Peter McKinley.  “When they scored, we kind of ‘alright, there’s still four quarters’ and that’s what we’ve been emphasizing all offseason, all summer, just ‘it don’t matter, just keep playing football.  Just keep going as hard as we can.  Balls to the wall’.”

Since about Week 8 of last season, this ‘No Quit’ attitude that was featured espically in Friday’s game has the Cougs ready to go for their match-up against Portland Christian in Portland this weekend.

Derrick Jaramillo lining up at receiver at Wednesday’s Practice (Picture By Jeremy McDonald)

Portland Christian defeated 2A Neah-Kah-Nie 26-19 this past Friday and Gervais entered this week as they did last week:

Back to work.

“I mean it’s the same thing.  Last Friday was great,I had a ok game on defense,” started McKinley.  “River (Moss) had a great game at Quarterback, Kona (Black) had a good game at running back same with Dyontae (Navarrete), the line blocked great and we just have to took great and say, ‘alright, that was last Friday and now it’s Wednesday of Week 2 and we just have to get back to work for Portland Christian’.  We’re still 0-0.”

For the Cougars though, this Friday’s game outside of September 30’s game versus Willamina is the end of the preseason slate of games with Scio and the PacWest Conference starting here next Friday.

Calen Bichsel (Blue jersey) going in for a block after snapping the ball (Picture By Jeremy McDonald)

But the focus is the here and now as they look to continue that streak into conference play with this week’s game.

“I think it’s just one play at a time, one day at a time,” said McKinley.  “If a bad play happens, wipe it off.  Good play happens, carry it on, great.  As soon as the ball is back down, we just got to go down and get to work, that’s how it is.

“For me, I’m not even looking at Scio right now, I’m just looking at film of Portland Christian and watching nothing but that game, prepping and getting ready to go to war on Friday and hoping that it all turns out.  What happens Friday, happens Friday and what happens after, it’s just going to happen.  We just have to take it one play at a time.”

Kickoff is 7pm at Portland Christian High School.

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Photos from practice (Picture By Jeremy McDonald)


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