Patriots seek improvement despite blowout victories

How do you tell a group of teenage boys they need to keep improving when, as a team, they have mercy-ruled every opponent they have faced this season?

Asked and answered, Southwest Covenant coach Trey Cloud said it’s not as hard as it seems.

“There is always stuff you can work on and get better at,” he said. “I keep reminding the boys that each game is a step and we need to do the things necessary that week to prepare to take the next step. The next step for us is this Friday and we need to prepare ourselves to go and try to win a game.”

The Patriots will hit the road for the fourth time in five weeks to take on Deer Creek-Lamont at 7 p.m. Friday.

Southwest Covenant comes into the game at 4-0 and 1-0 in district play, but Cloud said he wants to see areas of improvement out of his players.

“I want to see a better pass rush on defense,” Cloud said. “We need to do a better job of finishing when we pressure the quarterback. Offensively, we can pass the ball better. I can do a better job of calling pass plays and utilizing that part of our offense.”

Cloud said there are difficulties that come in situations where the 45-point mercy rule comes into play.

“I only have 19 kids, so I don’t have a full second team,” he said. “And I can’t tell a kid not to go score when he has the chance. We would like to get a full game in but we are doing a lot of conditioning in practice to help with that. I want to make them tired in practice, so they are tired in the game when they have to go a full game.”

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