Intensity! Just three weeks ago, the Port Clinton Redskins were in a “showdown” game with Perkins at home. They got blasted. Since then, they have struggled mightily, losing four more games in a row.
Friday night, they were doubled up by Clyde at home and were held to under 30 points.
“I did not think that we were ready to play on Friday night,” said Redskin head coach Troy Diels. “We did not play with the energy that I would have liked to have seen out of our guys. Clyde played pretty well and they shot the ball particularly well, but we need to do a better job playing with enthusiasm, emotion and intensity.”
The Redskins have been having some injury issues with some of their key players.
“We do not know when we will get them back so we need to have our younger kids step up and play some big minutes for us,” says Coach Diels.
Saturday night they traveled to unbeaten and state ranked Norwalk and the result was pretty much the same, as the Truckers rolled to an 80-59 victory.
“Norwalk is playing very well right now,” said Coach Diels. “They have the ability to beat you in a variety of ways. The Thomas kid is a tremendous player for being only a sophomore. I thought we handled their pressure and traps fairly well, but we just could not match up with them on the defensive end.”
So, what is the solution to ending the Redskins’ five-game skid? “We need to get better on the defensive end and we need to get the balance back in place between our perimeter players and our post players,” explained Coach Diels on Tuesday morning.
The Redskins are 4-7 and will play seven of their final nine games in the regular season on the road, starting with Friday night’s game at Edison. “We played a lot of home games so far this year,” said Coach Diels. “It seems like every other year we end up our home schedule early in February. We only have one more non-league game left this year and that is Fostoria in late February.”
Friday night, the Redskins play the SBC cellar-dwellers, Edison Chargers, who picked up their first win of the season over Monroeville last Saturday. Says Coach Diels, “I am sure that win will give them some confidence going into Friday. Edison has never been very kind to us, so we need to be ready to go on Friday night.”