Coaches yelled, players fussed and everybody associated with Warriors football was not in good spirits. Skipstone head coach Nick Elliott didn’t mind that at all.
“The guys know how it feels to lose a game and it doesn’t feel good. They know that was a game we should have won,” Elliott said. “These guys have a huge will to win, but the challenge is to channel that will into wins on the field.”
Elliott’s first order of business in preparing the Warriors for Friday’s 7 p.m. home game against Lafayette Christian was to channel away the “good time” atmosphere of practice and get down to serious business.
“I’m all for having fun — when we win,” Elliott said. “We as a staff have to make sure our guys are serious and focused the entire week of practice.”
The Warriors (0-1) will have to be focused to take on a Lafayette team that is similar to CrossPointe in every way, according to Elliott. Last season, Skipstone lost its inaugural football game to the Cougars 54-6 on the road. In order for the Warriors to return the favor when LCS comes to town, they will have to remember how CrossPointe played and execute defensively.
“We scouted Lafayette on our bye week and saw they run the same plays CrossPointe does: The sweep, dive, counter and the tight end dump,” he said. “That’s a blessing because we just faced that last week.”