The Mammoth Huskies have had a week to lick their wounds, daub their eyes and otherwise try to recover from last week’s 27-0 debacle against Mission College Prep of San Luis Obispo.
At the same time, Head Coach Tom Gault’s coaching staff has two weeks to try to recalibrate last week’s sucky offense and out-of-kilter defense. Whether any of their work pays off will be revealed next Friday night, when the Calvary Murietta Warriors (0-1) come calling at Gault-McClure Stadium.
No doubt the Huskies (1-1) and Gault will be glad to put last week’s performance in the freezer, forever. “First of all, we played a better football team, that’s all,” Gault said of the Mission Prep Royals after a Huskies practice earlier this week.
“But the second thing is that the Mammoth kids spent a little too much time enjoying the previous game (a 6-3 victory against L.A. Baptist) rather than looking forward to the coming opponent.
“We had to learn what happens when you do that, and we had to learn the hard way. And after looking at the film of that game, I think the boys were a little nervous going in. And the way we started out the game – bang, bang – two penalties, we were in a deep hole right out of the gate.
“Then they (the Royals) scored, and we were playing catch-up all night. You put all those things together, and it makes for a long night, and that’s what happened.”
Working with a bye tonight, Gault said the task is repairing the Huskies’ attitude and installing more of what so far has been a rather anemic passing game. “We’re going to have a lot better attitude this week,” he said.
“The boys realize that just because you win a football game doesn’t mean you’re going to win the rest of them”
As for the passing attack, which through two games stands at just 4.5 yards a game, Gault said the team worked hard. “Even if we don’t complete every ball, we still have to back the defense up, and that’s my fault – a coaching thing.”
On defense, the Huskies last Friday were dazed and confused, and Gault took the blame for that, too.
“We had the kids in wrong defenses much of the night,” he said, “and that’s my fault. I’m the defensive coordinator, and we basically didn’t get our work done last week.
“But we will.”
Dog Bites: The Huskies’ Jorge “Coco” Galvan is averaging 76 yards a game rushing, while on defense, he is averaging 11.5 tackles, and that’s impressive. ... Calvary Murietta plays Bloomington Christian tonight after a bye week last week and a 16-15 loss to Holtville in the Warriors’ opener.