As North Pulaski Coach Teodis Ingram is slowly but surely incorporating his theme and style of play upon the young Falcons, the process is still a work in progress.
For instance, against West-Helena last Friday, the Falcons (1-7, 0-5 5A-Central) were in a situation if all things went well they could have pulled out a victory. But the inconsistencies of a young team showed, and they suffered a 20-6 loss. While taking care of one problem, another showed up. In prior games, turnovers were an issue. In the West-Helena contest, penalties were the culprit.
"We didn’t have the turnovers, but penalties killed us," Ingram said. "But, our defense played well."
North Pulaski only had one turnover, but it was a big one. It happened early in the first quarter on a punt after the Falcons were carrying the momentum.
"You know, one play changed the whole complexion," Ingram said. "I’m not a believer in one play winning or losing a game, but we had one that changed our momentum. We were playing great defense, and they punted to us. We had one guy to beat, the ball popped out, they recovered the fumble and scored."
Trailing 12-0 at the half, West-Helena had a big play to start the second half. While Ingram spoke highly of the defense, the offense had trouble generating yardage.
"We were missing our left tackle because of a concussion," Ingram. "He’s the leader and makes the calls. We would get into a pretty good situation and then jump offsides. We never could get back on track after that fumble. Defensively, David Jackson at tackle played well. It just didn’t happen for us."
Even though it’s been a disappointing year, Ingram can see his building process taking hold. With a young team, the focus is on carrying what is learned this season to next year.
"I really want us to play better," Ingram said. "I can see the defense starting to understand and know where it needs to be. We are becoming a little fast defense. Offensively, at times we look like we know what we are doing."
Tomorrow, the Falcons host Little Rock McClellan (1-7, 1-4). The Lions lone victory was against West-Helena. The 14 seniors will be honored as it is the last home game of the year. Ingram is hoping to see improvement and once again, if all goes well.