Prep Grid Preview ... Week 2: 'Hounds hope to avoid post-Orrick blues
SWEET SPRINGS -- There's no room for a post-Orrick letdown for Sweet Springs.
A year ago, the Greyhounds went into Windsor the week following a 34-6 season-opening loss to the top-ranked Bearcats, and got beat by their I-70 Conference foe, 21-12.
"They've been reminded of that in practice this week," remarked Sweet Springs head coach Tim Smith, who said after falling to the two-time Class 1 state champions last week "there are few positives to take out of a 36-0 loss."
The 'Hounds (0-1, 0-1 I-70) are capable of better, although -- like the rest of the league -- may not yet be on the level of Orrick or Wellington-Napoleon, which stopped Windsor the same night, 45-14. That the I-70's "other" Greyhounds put up a pair of touchdowns on the Tigers got Smith's attention.
"They've got a good power back in [senior Matt] Madole and Skyler Belzer" -- a junior transfer from Cole Camp -- "can take it to the house any time," Smith said. "That's a pretty good combination."
Smith thought Sweet Springs' defense "battled" against the Bearcats, but that the offensive line is going to have to improve -- both in giving senior quarterback Billy Martin "time to pass" to keep opponents from "stacking the box" and opening up running room.
"Our initial surge was good enough, but we couldn't get on a linebacker," he said. "We've got to do a better job of getting a hat on the linebackers."
However, while Windsor (0-1, 0-1) may not be a contender for the league crown, taking it less than seriously can have serious consequences.
"It cost us a share of second place in the conference," Smith said about last year's loss. "We didn't like that feeling, starting 0-2."