Despite losing 62-52 Friday night against North River Academy in Tuscaloosa, Lyman Ward football coach Roland Bell feels his team is continuing to make progress and move forward.
“We basically tell them that we want them to be perfect on every single play,” Bell said. “We had a number of imperfections Friday night.”
These imperfections included the defense losing containment and giving up several big plays, while the offense had five touchdowns called back due to penalties. Despite the issues seen Friday, Bell feels things are improving as a whole for the Rangers.
“We’re getting better. We are definitely showing good improvement,” Bell said. “(Quarterback) Joseph Reese had another good standout game and (running back) Bogdan Maples, he’s getting better every week. He’s got the speed and he’s got the moves.”
Bell said one issue the Rangers face is many of the players have never played before, or have only had limited experience with the game. As such, Bell said he focuses on the fundamentals a lot with his players, making sure they get the basics down as they prepare for each game.
“I feel confident I will be able to get them there,” he said.
As Lyman Ward prepares for its next game and home opener, Bell said there are key issues on both the offense and the defense needing addressed for the Rangers to be able to win.
“Defensively, we’ve got to work mainly on containment on the edges, make our guys force the other team to cut back inside,” Bell said. “Offensively, we have to work with our running game and getting our receivers to run the proper routes. We’ve got to have a little more deception on our routes.”