BLACKSVILLE — All of us second-guess ourselves every day. Possibly it was selecting A on a science check when the reply was C. Or it’s taking a shortcut on the drive to work that’s now backed up as a consequence of unscheduled street building.
It may very well be a choice that can actually come again to hang-out you, like drafting Aaron Rodgers within the first spherical of a fantasy soccer draft.
Each soccer fan likes to play Monday morning quarterback following their staff’s video games. Generally, highschool soccer coaches do it, too.
The Clay-Battelle soccer staff is trying forward after beginning 0-2. But when the ball had bounced their approach a pair extra instances, the Cee-Bees would simply be 2-0. Each losses — to Hundred in week one and Valley final week — had been by a mixed six factors.
Head coach Ryan Wilson doesn’t prefer to dwell previously, but it surely’s arduous to not look again at what may have been.
It was neck and neck for many of the recreation, then Valley overcame a two-touchdown deficit, however Clay-Battelle by no means gave up, forcing extra time by getting an important rating with below three minutes remaining in regulation.
“It was enjoyable to observe,” Wilson stated. “It was a fantastic recreation for each groups, you hated to see anyone lose. Each groups had been making good performs and the group obtained their cash’s value for positive. As a coach, whenever you come up on the quick finish, you’re at all times on the lookout for that one play that might have gone the opposite approach. Possibly we must always have carried out this, or why did we try this in that spot? Afterward, it’s 20-20. You have a look at the play afterward and notice you might have made a unique determination than what you would have carried out.”
After the 50-48 extra time determination, the Cee-Bees needed to reassess their lineup after a number of starters had been banged up. Wilson and his employees have taken the week to guage the place every participant stands and what their standing is heading into this week’s dwelling contest with Beallsville (Oh.).
“Friday night time through the recreation, we had a number of accidents and we performed with a next-man-up mentality,” Wilson stated. “A few of our youthful guys did a improbable job stepping up. They had been thrown in there and obtained good expertise and did a fantastic job. The teaching employees did a fantastic job of biking guys out and in.”
Constructing depth and getting youthful gamers extra expertise is strictly what is required early within the season, but additionally in trying to construct this system for years to return. That’s the method Beallsville has taken over the previous few years. Clay-Battelle is on a three-game successful streak towards Beallsville and appears to make it 4 in a row Friday night time.
Of the 23 gamers on this yr’s Blue Devils roster, 11 are seniors. Many are four-year starters, together with quarterback Garrett Perkins.
“They’re large they usually’re a veteran group,” Wilson stated. “Numerous these children have been taking part in since they had been freshmen and their beginning group is now seniors. They’ve a variety of expertise they usually’re disciplined. They’ve a variety of taking part in time below their belts they usually know what to do and that’s why they’re taking part in very properly this yr.”
Beallsville is 3-1 on the season, coming off a 14-8 win towards Hundred, which beat CB, 26-22. Different gamers to be careful for on the Blue Devils are Connor Hagan, Reed Smith and Mark Lowden, gifted operating backs who benefit from operating behind a senior-laden offensive line.
For the Cee-Bees, Maddox Shriver had 90 yards on 9 rushes with two touchdowns final week and Zachary Corridor ran 13 instances for 126 yards. Quarterback JC Spears was 20 of 32 passing for 377 yards and 4 touchdowns.
“After we got here in Monday, the message was to get again to work,” Wilson stated. “We’re very shut. It’s simply a few little issues right here or there. We simply need to preserve working and hopefully, good issues will occur for us.”
At halftime of Friday’s recreation in Blacksville, the varsity will maintain the Clay-Battelle Athletic Corridor of Fame induction ceremony. The eight former athletes who will probably be honored are Adam Henkins, Chad Henkins, Aaron LaPoe, Nicole Mattingly, Russ Moore, Sydney Rush, Frank Skubis and Gary Steele.
BY MATTHEW PEASLEE