After struggling in a Week 1 loss at Sand Rock and then falling behind Plainview 30-7 at halftime, Luke Pruitt wanted to see what his young team was really made of in the final two quarters against the Bears.
With six minutes left in the game, Pisgah had pulled within nine before ultimately falling 50-28.
“You usually don’t give up 50 (points) but still see some positives in the game,” Pruitt said. “But I was real proud of the kids for competing in the second half. We had a lot of positives. I feel better about (things) than I did from the first (game). We’ve just got to keep getting better.”
Pisgah (0-2, 0-0) to take a step forward this week when they open Class 2A Region 7 play with a Homecoming matchup with Falkville Friday at 7 p.m. at Pisgah’s Sam Kenimer Stadium.
It’s the first meeting between the teams.
Falkville (3-0, 1-0) enters the game on the heels of a Week 0 COVID-19 related forfeit win over Decatur Heritage and a pair of shutout wins. After defeating Morgan County rival Danville 56-0 win Week 1, the Blue Devils opened region play last week with a 38-0 victory over Whitesburg Christian.
Key offense weapons for Falkville are Christian Angulo, who ran for two touchdowns (16 and 79 yards) for Falkville in last week’s win, Peyton Sallee, Jordan Greenfield, Mikell Philyaw, Andrew Jones, Caden Burnett and Austin Holmes. Angulo has 206 rushing yards and three touchdowns on 27 carries while Greenfield has 189 rushing yards and three touchdowns on 12 carries. Jones had seven catches for 111 yards and three touchdowns while Angulo, Sallee and Caden Burnett are a combined 14-for-31 passing for 153 yards and four touchdowns.
“(Falkville is) big up front. They’re physical,” Pruitt said. “They’re pretty run heavy, mostly between the tackles. We’ve got to get off blocks and make tackles.”
Despite last week’s score, Pruitt felt his defense made a step forward. Plainview scored all of its touchdowns on big plays rather than sustained drives, and eliminating opponents big plays is a must this week, Pruitt said.
“There were a lot of positives on defense. But the six of seven mistakes we made (on defense), Plainview made us pay,” Pruitt said. “Our margin of error is thing, so we can’t give up cheap (scores). We’ve been preaching about can’t give up the big play because that’s killed us both games.”
Pisgah made some offensive changes in the wake of losing fullback Rhyan Barrett to injury for an unspecified amount of time. Freshman Mason Holcomb took over at quarterback in order to move Parker Law to receiver/running back and get him more touches.
“I thought that made a difference for us,” Pruitt said, “I thought Mason handled it pretty well.”
Pruitt said The Eagles need to carry over last week’s second half performance into its clash with Falkville.
“Play with that same effort and clean up the mistakes,” he said. “If we do that we’ll have a chance.”