“We talked a lot about handling adversity before the game even started; we weren’t worried about that scoreboard, we wanted to handle adversity that came our way,” said Brewer. He admitted, “We didn’t start very well.” It took them six minutes for the Raiders to score against Murray County. “Which is good,” Brewer explained “but our offense turned it over and our defense let them score real quickly.”
He added, “So early on we didn’t handle that adversity well.” However in the second quarter the Indians didn’t let Southeast score at all. “We stalled out some drives, forced a couple of punts, and had a big sack,” said Brewer. He continued, “So in that quarter I think we were able to handle adversity well.”
The MCHS freshman showcased them selves in the fourth quarter, showing some impressive attributes on both sides of the ball. “I’m pleased with the young guys getting out there and getting a test under the lights,” coach Brewer said.
Brewer said that he got a glimpse of what the guys have been striving for throughout the summer, and moved the ball well in the second quarter. “We finally got into the groove a little bit. We made stops on defense and moved the ball on offense. That’s how we’re going to have to play,” he said. Brewer said it was a “good night for Murray football.”
Brewer named junior wide receiver Austin Gossett offensive MVP. He said that Gossett “made a couple of plays, and had some good catches.” Gossett was responsible for four of the nine of the Indians’ receptions. Brewer’s defensive MVP was Cole Winkler. He said that Winkler had a couple of big sacks, and is a good and fast pass rusher off the edge.
The Indians faced the Raiders without junior running back Spencer Baggett who was out due to a high ankle sprain. “Hopefully he’ll be back practicing by Monday,” said Brewer. The Indians have eight practices left until the season opener at Coahulla Creek on August 30th.
Gossett will also hopefully be back at 100% in that time frame after suffering an ankle injury during Friday night’s scrimmage. The Indians defensive tackle Clayton Thornbury was out of Friday night’s game as well with a “shoulder ding.” But coach Brewer said, “He’ll be back, you can’t keep him off the field.”