Coming out of week one, only two local football teams picked up victories, while four others suffered defeats. None of the teams faced a division opponent, so a win was just window dressing on a team's record, while the loss is perhaps a temporary blow to a team's confidence.
By no means does an opening victory ensure future success over the next two months of football. On the flip side, a first-game loss is certainly not a harbinger of bad things to come.
Now a few days removed from that season-opener, we asked the six area coaches to assess their team's performances:
* Tim Mattingly, B-G (56-8 losers to Dryden): "I don't think the first game was a true indicator of our capabilities. We have to be more physical on defense, and on offense, we just need to do a better job of blocking."
* Dave Gorton, Greene (21-0 losers to Windsor): "Offensively, we must be more consistent with our line play…we missed crucial assignments last week. It will help that we are suiting up more players for the line this week so we will have depth again."
* Mike Chrystie, Norwich (35-26 losers to Binghamton): "We did a lot of good things, and now our focus is putting together four quarters. We hung with a good Binghamton team for three of four quarters. We talked about not having a second-quarter letdown, and the way we responded in the second half shows a lot about our team."
* Jeff Newton, Oxford (29-12 winners over Elmira Notre Dame: "The Notre Dame coach and the referees came up to us after the game and complimented us on our physical play, and how the kids were class-acts on the field. That was nice to hear to know we are now known as class-acts...it makes you feel like you are doing the right thing for the kids as mentors."
* Mike Jasper, Sherburne-Earlville (34-0 winners over Tully): "It was a dominating win, but if we have any complaints about last week, we had a few little things that would kill us against a team like (General Brown, S-E's opponent this week)."