While the other three teams in Yazoo County were in action this past week, the Yazoo County Panthers had a bye, giving head coach Robert Dobbs and his Panthers a chance to sharpen a few things before returning to action this Friday at Winona.
The Panthers suffered an 8-0 loss to rival Yazoo City in their season-opener two weeks ago in a game that was filled with penalties from both sides.
“Flags were all over the field (that) night and we had way too many penalties in the game,” said Dobbs. “I know it was the first game but some of the penalties were senseless, we must clean up the mistakes that were made.”
The Panthers were able to move the ball on offense against the Indians, but every time they got in scoring position it seemed as though a penalty set them back.
Said Dobbs, “The game was very sloppy, and we had too many penalties. Offensively, we were able to put together drives here and there but we must learn how to finish. We were able to move the football and had opportunities to score but we just did not capitalize on the opportunities. Defensively, we played decent enough to keep up us in the game and give us a chance. For the most part, the kids played extremely hard, but we must overcome the mental mistakes we had during the game.”
Dobbs utilized the bye week to return to fundamentals and get his team mentally prepared for the remainder of the season.
“This off week we focused on the fundamentals of football such as blocking, tackling, and catching the football. We will utilize this time to practice and reteach the proper techniques at every position. The most important thing is we must learn to play together as a team and continue to play from the beginning to the end of the game,” said Dobbs.