POWDERSVILLE – The Powdersville High football team could not ask to be in a better position beginning a grueling seven-game region schedule.
The Patriots edged past Liberty last Friday night on their way to a 33-26 win. The victory marks win number three on the season for Powdersville.
“We’re going to have to play a little bit better if we want to be successful this season,” Powdersville coach Robert Mustar said. “I can’t wait to see what happens when everybody is clicking like they should be.”
Despite a strong start, the Red Devils could not find a way to hold off a pesky Patriot squad Friday night. From the opening quarter, Friday night’s region showdown was a shootout. The Red Devils jumped out to an early lead, building a 15-12 advantage heading into the second period.
That was when the tide changed, however.
The Patriots used a massive second quarter surge to gain a comfortable halftime advantage. Powdersville reeled off 21 points, holding the Liberty offense to a field goal before halftime.
Both defenses stepped it up in the second half, as one Liberty touchdown comprised the second half’s only points.
Despite holding Powdersville scoreless in the final two quarters, the Red Devils never found the offense they needed to get over the hump.
“We went in there knowing that was going to be the most important game up to this point,” Mustar said. “Our kids responded very well.
Mustar said his team is still having trouble putting together a complete game.
“We’re still trying to find a game where both sides of the ball are playing well at the same time,” Mustar said. “That has happened some this year, but not as much as we would like. We’re going to have to find a way to put together a complete game if we’re going to be successful throughout this season.”
After the win, Mustar said it was refreshing to see his players’ reaction.
“I think it has probably set in with our guys that they can play a lot better than the way they’ve been playing,” Mustar said. “As a coach, it’s pleasing to see your guys not satisfied because they know they can do much better. In the past, if we had won a ball game they would have gone crazy, but I think they realize they can do much better. They’re finally getting it.”
The Patriots will face Crescent this Friday, and Mustar said his team could once again have its hands full.
“We’re going to continue to take it one game at time,” Mustar said. “We can’t do anything but focus on Crescent right now. If I’m Crescent, I’m looking at what Liberty did against us and I would probably try some of that. We’ve got to go out there and play a sound game of football to come away with a victory.”
Kickoff at Crescent is set for 7:30 p.m.