Brewer said, “I don’t think they punted all night; their punter is the most rested guy on the team.” He took most of the blame for the lack of defensive presence himself. “I’m the defensive coordinator, and so that’s on me. If it’s a coaching issue, I’ve got to do better. If it’s a personnel thing, we’ve got to get that fixed,” he admitted. Brewer added that Christian Heritage is a really good football team. He said, “They’ve got around 20 seniors and a great coaching staff.” He added that a team has to show-up on defense in order to combat that fact.
“The Indians offense was able to move the ball and played well enough,” said Brewer. Fans where jostled from their seats when Indian Alex Youngquist pulled back on a fake punt, making good on a pass to Brandon Smith for a 35-yard gain. Brewer petitioned, however, that every time Christian Heritage got the ball, they scored. “That’s a recipe for absolute disaster,” he said.
Penalties plagued the Indians all night, and killed any rising momentum that they acquired from big plays. “We shot ourselves in the foot,” said Brewer. He said, “We had a touchdown run that was called back, but that’s part of the game.” Brewer said that is the adversity that the guys have to overcome. Another such adversity hit the Indians early on in the week when they discovered that senior defensive and offensive linemen Clay Thornbury would be out for the remainder of the season due to a knee injury he suffered in the game against Coahulla Creek.
The Indians would lose the game 51-0. However, the Indians showed a nearly twenty-point improvement from last year’s 70-0 game against the Lions. The Indians hope to regroup this week, and take on Gordon Central on the road this Friday night.