Eagles aim to get better

Published 12:02 am Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Pleasant Home’s using this week for self evaluation and improving as the Eagles get ready to take on Kinston in region action on Friday night.

The Eagles suffered a 41-6 loss to non-region opponent, Notasulga, last week.

When asked if there were any positives to take away from last week’s loss, Eagles head football coach Chris Mason said the boys tackled better.

“Defensively, we only gave up 28 points, but we got better,” Mason said. “We tackled a little bit better. We had some guys figuring out what we’re trying to do. Offensively, we kept shooting ourselves in the foot.”

Mason said it’s crucial that the team play better on both sides of the ball at Kinston, and added that points have to be scored.

PHS has averaged 14.3 points per game so far this season.

Mason said the search is still on to find replacement running backs for Jon Cole Chesser and Reid Adams. Chesser tore his ACL in week one and is lost for the season. Adams had MCL surgery and won’t return for a few weeks.

“We did have a few running backs who learned a lot this week,” the coach said. “The more touches they have, the more experience and the more confident they’re going to be.”

Mason said Kinston (1-2, 0-2 in Class 1A, Region 2) will run right at teams.

“They don’t do anything crazy,” Mason said. “They’re good at what they do. They’ve got guys that block. It’s pretty simple and there’s no secrets with them. They play physical football.”

Getting back to playing a physical brand of football is also high on the list of objectives for the Eagles, Mason said.

“We’ve got to continue to get better each week,” he said. “We played enough games to where we should be improving. That’s what this is about.”

Kick off Friday night is at 7.