After facing storied teams two weeks in a row, the North Pulaski Falcons have to regroup and refocus following a 46-12 loss to Little Rock Christian last Friday. That defeat was preceded by a 56-0 setback to Pulaski Academy two weeks ago.
"I’ve been telling our team we can learn from the teams we play," North Pulaski Coach Teodis Ingram said. "Tradition has to begin somewhere and comes from hard work. Understanding is one thing processing is another."
Wanting to focus on making improvements in a certain area, that goal was successful as the Falcons (1-4, 0-2 5A-Central) took care of the ball much better. Only one turnover occurred on an interception. However, mistakes occurred elsewhere.
"We corrected things from one week and then other areas show up," Ingram said. "We had a breakdown in our kicking game. We gave them a short field and then had to fight to get back in it. It was the first time we had a kickoff return inside the 20."
Additionally, the Falcons missed blocking assignments, and Ingram said the Little Rock Christian defense didn’t do anything it wasn’t supposed to do. North Pulaski’s touchdowns came on a 29-yard pass from Steven Farrior to Yakeem Young and on a 1-yard run by Joe Sigler.
"In the second half, we played a lot better," Ingram said. "We woke up in the second half. For the most part the defense played better, and we didn’t give them a short field. We were able to do some good things and get back on track."
In addition to working on aspects of the game, Ingram has to try and get the players’ focus back as the Falcons travel to Little Rock Mills tomorrow. The Comets (3-2, 1-1) saw a three-game winning streak fall to Sylvan Hills last week.
"We played two big games at home, and that is taking an effect on us," Ingram said. "We’ll have to fight through our attitudes."
Ingram said Mills has speed in the backfield and defensively is quick and doesn’t think they’ve faced a team yet with that speed on defense. He does see some things the Falcons can do. It will all depend on whether they can mentally focus and accomplish the tasks.