Though the score may not reflect it, North Pulaski had one of its best outings in the first half of a 40-6 loss to Little Rock Christian last week.

"Actually, we played better and were down 17-6 at the half," North Pulaski Coach Teodis Ingram said. "The first half was one of our better halves all year."

In the first half, Ingram said the Falcons (0-5, 0-2 5A-Central) had their best half of moving the football. Additionally, the defense made adjustments after Little Rock Christian moved the ball on it the first two series. That allowed the defense to shut down the Warriors and even make a goal line stand.

However, injuries plagued them and showed up the third quarter.

"We came out in the third quarter, and some kids were banged up," Ingram said. "We put in some kids who haven’t had a lot of reps. Once we figured out what we were doing, when the kids got banged up, we got out of rhythm. We couldn’t do a whole lot."

Defensive back Jessie Baltimore is out for the year with a broken leg. Running back Fred Thomas has a strained meniscus and will miss this week’s game.

"Thomas does so much," Ingram said. "He’s a receiver and running back and touches the ball quite a lot."

Ingram feels the Falcons are definitely making progress and are starting to come together. The injuries are tough, but that is part of football. When North Pulaski hosts Little Rock Mills (4-1, 1-1) on Friday, the backups will have had reps this week and will be ready.

"Mills is big and fast, and as far as speed is the fastest since Maumelle," Ingram said. "They do a good job of running the read offense, and we’ll have to play assignment football."