GERVAIS, Ore.–Outside of the second quarter versus Scio Friday Night (where the Loggers had a 22-0 run in that quarter), the Gervais Cougars broke even with Scio in the 42-20 loss at home in both teams PacWest Conference opener.
“We played three great quarters,” said Cougs Head Coach Josh Crawford. “(We) dug a hole in the second that was to big to fight out of.
“We fought the entire game,”Crawford adds. “At (the) half I asked the kids to play as if it was 0-0 and they did.”
They battled, fought for every yard and every inch as they outscored the Loggers 14-6 in the second half and there defense resembled how they’ve played for most of the 2016 season outside of that second quarter Friday Night.
Peter McKinley said after the game that though the game didn’t go the way they wanted, but it was one of the best games they’ve played together
“(The) game didn’t go the way we wanted,” he said. “But we played them hard and until the end.
“We competed well and way better than we ever have been for woth Scio. We played 100-percent as a team and left no regrets still.”
Now that they know they can compete against teams like a Scio, they’ll have another opportunity this Friday against the Braves of Chemawa at Chemawa.
“We know that now we can compete with anyone,” said McKinley. “We just have to stick togethet and build on the good, fix the bad. We just have to stick together as a team and we’ll be fine.”
Crawford will be focusing his team around what they did right in the second half of Friday’s game as the vocal point for practice this week.
“This week we will concentrate on what we did in the second half against (Scio),” said Crawford. “If we can do that against a team like that, we can do that against anyone!”
Kickoff is 7pm at Chemawa.
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