Straughn looks to rebound from tough loss

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, August 28, 2019

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The Straughn Tigers (0-1) are looking to get things going in the right direction as they host St. James on Friday night.

“We just have to continue to get better,” Straughn head coach Joel Williams said. “We put it (last week’s game) behind us pretty quick. We bring our team in on Saturday morning and do the game film, so I really haven’t even thought about last week’s game since Saturday morning. That’s our whole principle is that win or lose we put the game behind us on Saturday morning. From then on the rest of the weekend and into the next week we are focused on the next opponent.”

Williams said that St. James will be another tough opponent for the Tigers.

“They are a really good football team,” Williams said. “They have a tremendous tailback. The quarterback is really good player that throws the football extremely well. They are very physical and well coached. They are overall a really well coached football team.”

For Straughn, Williams said they have to cut down on mental mistakes.

“We’ve got to quit giving up the big plays on defense,” Williams said. “Offensively, we have to be more consistent and be able to finish drives.”

Williams said there are several areas the Tigers need to improve on as the season progresses.

“There is a multitude of things we need to work on,” Williams said. “Really the things I thought about we have to do this week. Not just give up the big plays on defense and finish drives on offense. We’ve got to get better in our special team’s game.”

Williams said he wants to see the Tigers play four complete quarters of football.

“We played a tremendous first half of football last week,” Williams said. “Probably our biggest problem that we are having right now, which we’ve addressed and have a process started, is hydration. That really hurt us last week. We had a tremendous hydration problem as far as with our bodies. We’ve addressed that and put a procedure in place.”

Williams wants the Tigers to continue to grow each week.

“Play hard and execute,” Williams said of what he wants to see from his team on Friday. “That’s what we are looking for is to play hard and execute.”