It’s never easy, and it’s never as easy as it looks, but the Leander Wolfpack have to be feeling good after a winning their third straight, this one against the Coastal Bend Bears this past Saturday.
A win is a win despite a slow start from the Wolfpack and despite the fact that they went into halftime with the score tied 0-0.
“I had to really challenge the guys in the second half,” co-owner and head coach Mark Rogers told Developmental Football USA after the game.
“The defense played lights out, unofficially giving up 34 total yards.”
Rogers relayed that Justin Williams, Omar Mamoe, Devron Thomas, Wayne Johnson, Kasi Baker and the entire defensive line really won the day for Leander. He also mentioned Dereon Kizzee in the defensive backfield and Cedric Harris, who ended up getting a safety for the squad.
“It’s hard to single out any guys because it was a great defensive team effort,” Rogers said.
After the slow start, the Wolfpack really turned things around in the second half — especially offensively. Eddie Bailey punched two runs in — one from 19-yards out and another in the form of a 63-yard touchdown. Quarterback Jewel Russell also found Darius Jones for a 52-yard touchdown strike.
Next up for the Wolfpack will be a bye week. Leander will then look ahead to a road game against the Lone Star Bandits.” I know they like to play a lot of smash mouth football and they do a good job running the football,” Rogers said of the opponent.
For now, though, the plan for the Wolfpack is to remain focused, especially with the game schedule being a bit inconsistent as far as weeks-on are concerned.
“We can’t take the focus away from the ultimate goal of making the playoffs and playing as long as we possibly can,” Rogers said.
The Wolfpack won’t cancel any practices and they’ll keep their pedal to the medal. The team is healthy and focused. Now all they need to do is put it all together in order to go on a big run.
“Right now we’ve got three weeks until our next game,” the coach explained. “Hopefully in those three weeks we can find some offensive rhythm and stop getting off to slow starts, because once we pop that bubble…we are rollin’.”