KWC football showed signs of improvement | Local sports
The Kentucky Wesleyan College near miss was heartbreaking right now on Saturday.
But the way the Panthers positioned themselves to win against a strong NCAA Division II schedule should be cause for hope for this football team.
KWC dropped a heartbreaking 32-30 against the Ohio Dominican in front of a good crowd at Steele Stadium given the rainy weather for most of Saturday afternoon.
Ohio Dominican was good – they’re 4-1 and lead G-MAC – and lucky. The Panthers knew they let ODU get away with it.
KWC, for the first time in a long time, was just as good as the Ohio Dominican in some areas and at certain times of the game.
“I really liked the effort our team is playing, there is no giving up in our football team,” KWC coach Craig Yeast said on Tuesday. “The things we need to improve on: We need to keep improving in tackling. We have to improve in our kicking game, so that our kicking game will win us a game. We have to take care of football, not turn it around.
“I thought we did everything well enough to win, but we still got some shots, so we have to learn to finish as a team. “
KWC needs to work on the field goal and blocking extra points in the middle of these lines, but these are technical issues that can be resolved.
“Absolutely, but we need to fix the blocking extra points and field goals,” Yeast said. “One thing we improved on in this game was our cover units, compared to how they looked earlier in the season. We got the free kick at the end of the game.
KWC could run enough for 106 yards and three touchdowns by different players. Christian Arrambide managed 187 yards, a touchdown and an interception.
KWC was impressive with some big plays in high school. The Panthers made three interceptions, one of which led to a fourth quarter touchdown that sent them 24-20 ahead.
Better tackling the defense as a whole and hanging on to football are the keys if KWC is to recover from a 2-3, 0-1 record in G-MAC.
“The attack is technique. Hit, wrap, roll, alligator roll, these are things that we need to improve on a constant basis, not just a week, ”said Yeast. “Spin the ball way too much. “
The weekly task doesn’t get any easier for KWC, which is a much improved football team.
The Panthers go to Findley, who is 3-2 and second to G-MAC.
Yeast knows they’ll be in a similar, fierce showdown on the Ohio Road on Saturday.
KWC can’t make mistakes, they have to take care of the football and they will need to be physical all over the pitch.
“It will be very similar to the kind of game we had on Saturday,” said Yeast.
Except that the Panthers want to leave with a good return by bus on Saturday night and a 3-3 record in tow.