This marked a turning point for the Indians according to head coach Chad Brewer. “At halftime, our kids could have very easily hung their heads, but they didn’t. They got back in there and went at it,” he said. The Indians would stop the Colts in their tracks in the third, holding the scoreless for the quarter, as well as gaining some points of their own.
Midway through the third quarter, quarterback Justin Smith launched a 59-yard pass to Brandon Smith, good for six. However, the Indians weren’t done scoring just yet. Later in the quarter, kicker Jose Ruiz would cap off a 57-yard drive with a 27-yard field goal. This put the score 21-9 at the end of the third. Brewer said, “In the third, we got some things going finally, and stopped turning the ball over.” In the later part of the fourth quarter, the Indians were driving in to score a touchdown to cut the score to 21-16, but Smith threw a pick. The Colts would pack good on that drive and snag a pick-six shortly after. The final score was 35-9 Coahulla Creek. Brewer said it was a much closer ball game than the scoreboard indicated.
He said, “Overall, we definitely have made some improvements. We are better at some things than we were a few weeks ago, but when you turn the ball over five times, you don’t deserve to win the game.” Brewer said that the team’s five turnovers, missed tackles, and injuries on our defensive line hurt them. Coach Brewer took some of the blame on himself for not having the second and third strings ready to fill the place of the injured players, saying that they need to work on depth.
“Our defense did play well. We were on the field a lot that first half, but one of the keys to defense is making people punt,” said Brewer. “You can’t just let people make conversions and get easy touchdowns,” he added. Coach Brewer said that while the defense was on the field a lot, it is also their job to get off the field.
“After the game, I saw some emotion in the locker room,” said Brewer “and by that I mean I saw some kids that were bothered by losing.” He said that’s where they have got to get. “Losing has to hurt so bad that we don’t want to lose anymore,” he said. “I saw that last night and was very excited to see that.
“This isn’t just about football, but life too. You’re going to get hit in the mouth, but you’ve got to get back up and fight. So, in saying that, I can’t wait to get back out there on Monday and get ready to play Christian Heritage next week,” Brewer commented.
When asked how he planned to approach next week’s face-off with the Lions, he said that first the Indians have to “fix Murray.” Murray suffered some casualties Friday night, losing senior defensive linemen Clay Thornbury to a knee injury and Cole Winkler to an ankle injury. “We’ve got to figure out how to fix that,” said Brewer. He said, “We hope they’re not serious injuries and those guys can get back with us soon. They are valuable senior leaders that have been “rocking and rolling” since March. Brewer said it is near impossible to replace a guy like Thornbury or Winkler. They are the top two defensive linemen on the Indians four-man front, and thus leave big shoes to fill. Thornbury also leaves a gap at guard on offense.
Next week will be the Indians’ first home game. Coach Brewer says he hopes people come out and support the guys. He added that the community has really rallied behind the players, and that’s great for them as a team. Coach Brewer also wanted to thank all the fans that traveled to Coahulla Creek Friday to support the guys on the road.