The Warriors gave a good effort on Friday night, but they still lost their home opener to the East Atlanta Mustangs 21-0 for their second straight shutout loss to open the 2012 season. Last week, Skipstone lost to Appling Christian 44-0 on the road.
“We’ve just missed our assignments when it comes to blocking so far,” said Warriors head coach Dan Salvador. “It seems like the defense is ahead of the offense right now. It takes time for the offense to gel and I believe it will gel soon.”
East Atlanta (1-0), like Skipstone, is part of the Glory For Christ League’s East division, but Friday’s game was not a division game. Skipstone’s field is only 80 yards long so no division games will be played at Warriors Field until it’s lengthened to the regulation 100 yards.
The Warriors (0-2) only trailed East Atlanta 7-0 at halftime, but any good feelings from holding the Mustangs down evaporated quickly when East Atlanta broke a 50-yard touchdown run to start the third quarter and basically put the game away at 14-0. The Mustangs returned a Skipstone fumble deep in Warriors territory late in the game and that allowed them to score the game’s final TD, making the score 21-0.
“That 50-yard run was really their only offensive TD of the game,” Salvador said.
Salvador praised tailbacks Christian Salvador and Christian Stewart for their hard runs Friday night and for their play on defense.
“Both Christians tackled well and Salvador had his best defensive game in his career,” said coach Salvador.
The Warriors head coach also praised new player Dave Quashi, a senior, for his defensive efforts and he had great things to say about freshman Luke Mayben, who came in for senior Josh King at linebacker when King was hurt for part of the game and did a credible job.
“I have to say we were very impressed with Luke. He’s not a big guy, but he got penetration and made several plays when Josh was out,” coach Salvador said. “He did a great job on defense and we were extremely proud of him.”