Naughts drenched in preseason classic
by Jordan Thurn
“There’s some good and bad, you had a good effort but sometimes things don’t go your way…you played hard and could have easily won the game.” Head Coach, Bill Castle said in the final huddle after the Naughts took on the Lake Gibson Braves at home on a dreary Friday night for their preseason classic. After several rain delays and excessive penalties, the Naughts lost to the Braves, 7-14.
“We were doing good at first, but whenever we’re struggling we need to learn to come together as a team…We all need to improve all together there’s no blame on offense or defense,” senior linebacker, Kim Ornis said.
Starting around 8 PM due to a rain delay, the Naughts acquired their only lead after coming back on the field from a second thirty-minute delay, scoring with 10:16 left in the second quarter. On a third and goal attempt from the one, Jacob Sundey dove into the end zone for a touchdown. After two penalties against Lakeland, Zach Feddeler finally made the field goal from the 15 to bring the Naughts score to 7-0. Lake Gibson followed up at the end of the quarter, scoring with 25.3 seconds left on the clock. They missed their extra point opportunity and walked off the field at halftime with a score of 7-6.
Lake Gibson would score one more time when they completed a pass from the LHS 46 with 15.7 seconds left in the third quarter. Their two-point conversion was successful and they brought up the final score of 7-14.
“I think defensively we definitely stepped up with a couple of our main starters out. Offensively we’re still young and we showed a lot of good things tonight. [We’ll] probably change our intensity [for next week], in all things we could still improve,” junior offensive lineman, Kurt Schleicher said. The team will go on to start their regular season against the Treasure Coast Titans next week.