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Braves look to rebound against Scott

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By Matt Birkholtz

The Braves’ 74-26 loss Sept. 30 does not tell the whole story, says coach David Arvin.

“The bright spot, the kids played and fought hard for four quarters,” he said.

Arvin said at half time, he challenged the Braves to never give up and to play for pride.

“We might not be able to come away with a win, but people wouldn’t be able to say the boys gave up that night,” he said.

With their first home district game against Scott Oct. 7 at 7:30 p.m., the Braves are going to have to fix some small mistakes in order to get their first district win.

Arvin said the team must focus on the running game of Scott and to stop that from being their offense. The Braves offense will also have to attack the defense. His goal is to make sure the Braves force turnovers and don’t make any turnovers happen on the offensive side.

“There is always a place to go with the ball and if we can’t find that, then we need to make sure we throw the ball out of bounds or take a sack,” he said.

With the season winding down, senior Lucas Button is beginning to realize his high school football career is nearly over.

“After this weekend, I looked at the calendar and realized, we only have four games left on the regular season,” he said. “I would like to get that one district win that will get us to the playoffs.”

Arvin said that a win in district play, may be good enough to get the Braves into the playoffs, however, Arvin would like to see more than one win on the district schedule.

The Braves have two more home games, one with Scott and senior night with Cooper Oct. 21.

Getting in the routine of having football games the last four weeks with the bye week behind them, and playing at home will help the players focus, Arvin said.

Arvin would like to see the team finish the season at 6-4.

“We are going to go into each game with a plan and if we stick to that we will win. We need to execute for 48 minutes,” he said. “If we take a 14-minute stretch at the beginning of the South Oldham, we can win any game.”