Brunswick High head football coach Sean Pender would have liked a full week of practice coming off a 41-7 loss to region foe Richmond Hill last week, but Hurricane Michael derailed those plans.
The team had a full practice Monday before deteriorating weather forced abbreviated practices Tuesday and Wednesday. Schools were closed Thursday as a precaution, forcing the cancellation of the final scheduled practice before tonight’s Region 2-6A game against Effingham High School. The young Pirates team has spent far less time preparing for the road game against Effingham (4-3, 0-1) than Pender would have liked.
“When you have a veteran team, players understand what is expected,” he said. “A young team needs all the practice it can get.”
Last week’s lopsided loss had the potential to shake the team’s confidence, but Pender said he expects his players to be ready to compete in the second region game of the season.
“Our kids have to be mentally focused,” he said. “Richmond Hill was better than us in certain areas. It comes down to executing.”
Pender said his staff held player meetings this week to work on the game plan for Effingham and to instill a sense of confidence in his players.The two teams match up well but Pender said his defensive line is smaller and less experienced than he’d like.
“Effingham has been a tough place historically for us to win there,” he said.
Players are focused on tonight’s game and are not looking ahead to next week’s city championship game against Glynn Academy.
“I don’t think our kids are thinking ahead,” Pender said. “We’ve got to get our confidence back. It’s frustrating not winning.”