Even though, the North Pulaski Falcons were walloped, 56-0, by Pulaski Academy last Friday, lessons can still be acquired from the experience.
"They are a very good football team and definitely the best we’ve played all year," North Pulaski Coach Teodis Ingram said. "Actually, they are the best I’ve seen all year. I told the kids there are lessons to be learned from them. They play fast and don’t make mistakes. They stick to their game plan even when they can do something else. We also can learn from them by how they conduct themselves on the sidelines I told the guys once they were in the building process and by sticking to the game plan they have gotten to where they are now."
While the Falcons had eight fumbles and lost six of them, Ingram still had praise for his offense. He said two to three of the miscues were after the backs gained yards, and they got hit from behind or the ball was knocked out. Moving the ball pleased Ingram.
"At times we threw the ball well and got to the red zone but didn’t score because of our mistakes," he said. "The kids played hard. Their backside blitz hurts us. Once we made the right calls and the right checks, we were able to move the ball."
Sophomore Yakeem Young stood out in Ingram’s mind. He made big plays both on offense and defense, and Ingram noted how well he caught the ball.
Friday, North Pulaski (1-3, 0-1) hosts Little Rock Christian (1-1, 1-0), a 28-0 winner over Sylvan Hills last week. The plan is to make them run the ball and not throw it. At the same, the Falcons need to also be able to run the ball and cut down on the turnovers.
"We have to keep their offense off the field and not miss our assignments on defense," Ingram said. "They are a good football team and well coached. They don’t make mistakes, and we can’t let them accidentally beat us."
Ingram was pleased with the effort and attitudes in practice this week.
If those carry over to Friday, along with how hard the Falcons played against Pulaski Academy, he believes there is a chance for a victory.