PEABODY — Regarding last Friday's game against Flinthills, Peabody-Burns head football coach David Pickens said the Warriors executed very well, came out with fire and passion and dominated from the first play to the end, in a 60-12 victory.
Pickens also said he was able to get most of of the Warriors JV players into the game and that they threw the ball well, ran the ball well and their special teams did well. Pickens said that led to a great game overall.
The team suffered significant losses to Rural Vista (58-8) and to Goessel (48-0) earlier this season and Pickens attributes those misfortunes to the inexperience of his team.
"Really, the two teams that have given us fits have been senior-laden teams with quite a bit of experience, Rural Vista and Goessel,"Pickens said. "You just can't substitute for experience and it shows when you play a team with a lot of seniors and four years of experience."
This week, the Warriors (2-3) will face off against the Oxford Wildcats (3-2).
In his opinion, Pickens said the Wildcats have struggled against some of the best teams in the state.
However, the Wildcats have managed three wins and Pickens said it looks like they will play well. They have good size in their team and could do a lot offensively if the Warriors are not prepared.
Pickens also said Oxford has a quarterback that runs the option and play-action pass really well, and that they have an athletic and fast tailback and tight end.
As the Wildcats are also a little inexperienced, Pickens said they will be hungry for a win. For that reason, the Warriors will need to play with the intensity they did last week, matching the energy of the opposing team, playing four quarters of quality football and avoiding costly mistakes.
Pickens said the Warriors minimized the mistakes they had been making previously in last week's game. This week, they will focus on avoiding more unwanted penalties and turnovers.
The Warriors have just started district play, and despite having lost a few games, Pickens said the Warriors remain enthusiastic about playing more and getting more experience.
"As long as you have guys that are coming out, willing to give you effort and trying everyday to do better, you can't ask for anything more." Pickens said. "You've just got to keep trying to do better and hopefully by the time things are counting, at the end of the season, maybe you're in the right position to win a few more ball games."