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Ball control and weather challenged Banner Co. boys


Banner County faced more than tough opposition during their away game at Hay Springs last Friday, Sept. 23. Head coach Charles Jones said, “The game was shortened due to weather, the weather conditions were not good, lots of wind, rain then the lightning came in as well and that is what prompted the game ending where it was at.”

In addition to challenging weather conditions, the Wildcats had trouble maintaining ball control, with five turnovers, according to Jones.

“We turned the ball over too many times and failed to recover an onside kick. When you give teams extra chances and Hay Springs took advantage of those turnovers,” Jones said. “The kids kept playing despite the turnovers and things that went against us. We still show flashes of playing really well at times and we need to just find a way to be more consistent.”

Some athletes were injured during the shortened game, but Jones said that every athlete stepped up, despite those injuries and continued to play the game out.

With a bye week scheduled for the Wildcats on Friday, Sept. 30, Jones has planned a couple of days off to allow his team to rest and recover.

“Hay Springs ran the ball really well against us, we have to go back to practice and adjust things to get better at stopping the run, it has been something we have struggled with all season,” he concluded.

The Wildcats will host Hyannis, currently 1-3 for the season, on Friday, Oct. 7.

Banner County 0 6 0 0 -- 6

Hay Springs 40 13 0 0 --53


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