The Webbers Falls Warriors have mixed feelings about last week’s bye week as they get ready for the District B-5 opener at 7 p.m. Friday at Dewar.
“There’s two trains of thought,” said Webbers Falls coach Trent Holt, whose Warriors are a perfect 5-0 on the season. “You’re playing pretty well, then you have to sit off a week and then you come back a little bit rusty. We have some kids who need to heal up. Practices just aren’t the same when you don’t have a game to get ready for. The kids don’t seem to be as focused — it’s like, ‘Why are we even out here?’ — but we know we have to continue on.”
However, on the other hand, the bye week allowed the Warriors to work on some new things since they will be short-handed Friday night.
The Warriors had three key players ejected in the win home over Cave Springs. Thus, those players will have to sit out Friday night’s game against district favorite Dewar.
“They (bye weeks) are good when they come at the right time,” Holt said. “We had three kids get ejected the other night (against Cave Springs). They’re not going to be able to play (at Dewar). We’re going to be down our quarterback, our starting right guard and our starting linebacker/ tailback. We’re going to be facing the best team in the district. That put us big time behind the 8-ball. (The bye week) made a difference. We’re going to have to change what we do. We’re going to have to figure out how we’re going to attack them because I don’t know that we’ll be able to do some of the same stuff. Our run game isn’t going to be as good. We’re probably going to try to throw it a little bit more than we normally do. We had two weeks for that.”