Last year, Sapulpa lost to Duncan in the final minutes of the game. Duncan went on to a 5-5 record, as did Choctaw, whom Sapulpa plays for their first home game of the season this coming Friday.
Last week, Sapulpa lost to Duncan at their first game of the season, and the experience was a tough one for Sapulpa. Head Coach Robert Borgstadt knew exactly what went wrong and where the improvement needed to happen.
“To be honest, we dropped touchdown passes and left a lot of points on the board last week,” he said. “We just weren’t executing, offensively.”
One of the other big problems was getting the defense off the field. “Duncan had 75 plays, we ran 47. It’s impossible to put a have a good ballgame when our defense is spending all the time on the field,” Borgstadt said.
“If we can fix those two things,” he continued, “we’ll be in good shape.”
When I asked him about how Choctaw was shaping up this year, Borgstadt knew exactly how they like to play the game.
“They don’t run the ball much at all,” he said. “They throw these short, quick passes.”
That means that Sapulpa can’t afford to make some of the mistakes they made in Duncan last week. “We’re going to have to tackle really well on Friday,” Borgstadt said. “A lot of those short passes turn into 50 yard runs and touchdowns if we’re missing our tackles.”
The Chieftains face off against the Choctaw Yellowjackets at 7:00pm. We’ll be there to bring you the story of the outcome, and you can watch the game live on http://sapulpachieftains.tv