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By Jimmie Earls
Sun Sports Writer
After a disappointing 18-7 loss to Shawnee to start the season, the Washington County Commanders have used an open week to tweak some things and prepare to open their home schedule this Friday night against Western Hills.
WC head football coach Mark Perry assumes responsibility for not having his team ready to play against Shawnee.
“A lot of the mistakes that we made against Shawnee are correctable mistakes,” said Perry. “We’ve got the pieces to be a really good team. This is the best team that we’ve had here, but we’ve got to buckle down and practice. We need that burning desire like we’ve had all off-season. I’ve got to do a better job coaching. You’re going to see a different football team against Western Hills.”
The Commanders have used a scheduled open week to work on fine tuning their attack and recovering from a few bumps and bruises.
“The good thing about having an early open week is that we’ve got a lot of work to do,” Perry added. “This is going to be a good time to do all those things I talked about. The bad thing is that we have to sit with this sick feeling in our stomachs for two weeks.”
Perry is quick to put the Shawnee game behind him and focus on the home opener this Friday.
“There’s nothing you can do about it,” he said. “You go forward. You take this feeling and instead of feeling disappointed or disgusted, you turn it into the desire to get better.”
One player looking forward to a little time off is senior wide receiver Alex Simms, who sustained a knee injury which required medical attention.
Simms’ knee has been bothering him the past few weeks, and he took a hard hit against Shawnee that forced him out of the game.
The Commanders take the field at 7:30 p.m. Friday night when they host the Wolverines from Western Hills.
Come out and support Washington County football. If you can’t make it to the game, catch all of the action live on WLBN-AM 1590 with the pre-game show hosted by Hal B. Goode at 7 p.m.