Offensive miscues caused Port Allen to stumble Friday night at Redemptorist. Though the Pelicans were in the lead 21-14 during the game, after three interceptions, the Wolves took the victory, 28-21.
“The biggest problem was the turnovers. That was our downfall,” said Port Allen head coach Guy Blanchard. “Playing without five of our starters didn’t help either, but that’s no excuse. It is what it is. We just need to regroup and get it together next week.”
Blanchard said that the Pels missed several opportunities to hold their lead.
“We had opportunities to win the game, but the guys that needed to step up and play the game didn’t. We had our chances, we made mistakes, and we didn’t overcome them,” he said. “We missed tackles, could’ve stopped drives sooner, and missed blocks – basic fundamental things,” said Blanchard.
Blanchard credited the play of Redemptorist, saying that senior quarterback Russell Gage carried the Wolves to the upset over the Pels.
“The quarterback was a warrior,” said Blanchard of Gage. “He played both offense and defense. He put the team on his back and carried them, and he did a good job.”
Blanchard said that the team is physically improving each week, adding that the mental maturity of the team was tested in Friday’s game.
“We’re getting better every week, and that’s the most important thing,” commented Blanchard. “We have to focus on ourselves, like not turning the ball over and receiving silly penalties. Friday night we played like sophomores, and that’s what got us in trouble.”