Coming off a season-opening loss against one of the toughest teams Pisgah football will likely play all season, The Bears are looking forward to righting the ship at home against Enka Friday.
Last week, Pisgah (0-1) battled hard at Murphy, but ultimately, the physical Bulldogs were able to seize a couple key moments to get crucial touchdowns to secure the game.
“I think the biggest thing for us is we looked at last week’s game and we felt we played hard enough to get a win,” said head coach Brett Chappell. “There are some things we need to work on to get better, and we have to take advantage of opportunities.”
“I was not disappointed in that at all,” he added. “I think our kids put forward a great effort.”
But now Chappell has his sights set on the Enka Jets (1-0), who enter this week’s game after winning their season opener at Rosman last Friday, 16-0. Although dominated the Bears at Enka last season, winning 28-6, Chappell isn’t taking this week’s opponent lightly.
“The biggest thing for me … is they’re a game ahead of us,” he said. “They’re 1-0 and we’re 0-1. To me, that’s the only thing that needs to be said. The bottom line is, they’re undefeated and we’re not.”
Specifically, he said he and the other coaches are looking at some of the things that he wanted to improve on from last week’s loss.
“We’ve got to do better as a coaching staff in trying to find those areas better than we did this past week,” he said. “We need to help our kids be successful.”
Notably, Chappell said that while his offense will still use the singleback set, out of which fans saw numerous jet sweeps last week, he also anticipates using more two-back sets.
“We want to make sure our kids are in the best spot,” he said. “We feel like we’ve got some good playmakers, we just have to do a good job of first distributing it to them in open space.”
“We’re hoping to progress as we go,” he added. “Everything varies based on what you felt like you can do.”
After playing at one of the hardest places in the region against one of the best teams in the region, The Bears will certainly be happy to be back home as this week marks the first time all season the players will cross the bridge.
“It’s always nice to get back to a place where you’re comfortable with,” Chappell said.
He added that he has already begun emphasizing the importance of his players seizing every opportunity they have.
“Our seniors will only get so many games in this stadium,” he said.
Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at Pisgah Memorial Stadium.
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