‘They turned the tables on us’: Central coach speaks after Red Devils’ state championship loss

‘They turned the tables on us’: Central coach speaks after Red Devils’ state championship loss


We were proud to be here and
it’s always a great environment. Everybody sitting up here, it doesn’t
matter what team, is a champion man. There are a lot of teams
vying to get here and we were fortunate to
come out of the south. We ran into a Thompson team
that really played well, kind of mimicked what we did last year and
then turned the tables on us this year. We knew coming in,
we couldn’t have penalties. And we had too many mistakes, had too
many penalties that were costly for us in crucial situations. Third down killed us. When I got in there, I think they
were 9 and 12, we were 1and 8. We couldn’t convert on third downs and
that was gonna be a big thing. Other than that, total offense,
I think we played well. We just couldn’t get them off
the field on third down and we couldn’t keep the drives alive. And in crucial situations, when we did have a chance, we found
a way to hurt ourselves with a penalty. So we played well, I’m proud of our kids,
just come up short tonight. But you can’t define
these guys on one game. These guys are champions, these seniors
that are with me to my left right here. The whole senior class lost three
games in their three years. And let me tell you,
that’s a remarkable feat in itself. They’ve got a state championship for
runner up. And they were close to getting
here just a flop extra point in overtime back
when they were sophomores. So I’m very proud of these guys,
I’m proud of the entire team. The sun will come up tomorrow, and it’ll
be a new day and we’ll go back to work, try to get back here again.

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