By Shawn Wood
For The Daily Item
MANDATA — Football is a game of emotions.
For some reason, Line Mountain coach Rodney Knock didn’t see that in last week’s pre-game warmup at Millersburg.
“They (the Indians) were emotionally charged and I noticed that we didn’t have the same emotional level as we had in week one,” he said. “If you can’t stay excited, you are not going to do well.”
The Eagles come into Friday’s Tri-Valley League home game with a 1-1 record after the 28-26 road loss to the Indians.
“We just made too many mistakes,” Knock said. “Millersburg came to play and we came out flat. With this group of kids, hopefully, they can take this piece of humble pie and go from here and get a better start on Friday against Juniata.”
Knock expects Friday’s league game to be physical.
“Anyone can win on Friday night in the TVL, one mistake and it can go either way for a team,” he said. “It makes for exciting football for the fans but it also makes it stressful for the coaches.”
For the second straight week, Eagles senior running back Cory Warford rushed for more than 200 yards despite tweaking his ankle in the first half.
“He’ll be ready to go for Friday,” Knock said. “Cory got most of his rushing yards in the second half.”
Knock said this week’s practices have been uptempo and that he expects that kids to come out with more emotion this week.
“They fought hard to the bitter end and we had two failed two-point tries and we gave them short-field position while we had to drive the ball the length of the field,” he said. “It was one of those nights where anything that can go wrong, went wrong.”
One of the top running backs in the TVL, senior Neil Bodley, has just one carry for 14 yards this season. Freshman quarterback Tyler Clark is 2-for-15 with two interceptions.
In last week’s 29-22 TVL loss to Tri-Valley, the Indians managed just 129 yards on the ground.
“They had a chance to win the game last week but Tri-Valley stuffed them at the 1-yard line,” Knock said. “A play or two here or there and they could be 2-0.”