Vail Valley football: Devils struggle in opening loss to Coal Ridge
PEACH VALLEY – It’s just Week 1.
Eagle Valley football just needs to keep remembering that after the Devils’ offense struggled and the team’s defense gave up a few big plays in a 27-0 loss at Coal Ridge Friday night.
“They ran a defense with some stunts that gave us a problem,” longtime Eagle Valley coach John Ramunno said. “It caused our kids to hesitate in our blocking schemes, and we gave up some big plays. On their first pass, we miss a tackle and the kid’s gone.”
Ramunno was referring to the Titans’ first play from the line of scrimmage. Coal Ridge quarterback Robby Moore hit Colton Schelling for a 42-yard touchdown, giving the Titans a 6-0 lead.
Later in the first quarter a tipped pass led to an Coal Ridge interception. The Titans’ Cotton Cameron ripped off a big run and then Moore finished the dive with a 6-yard touchdown pass and the Devils were facing a 13-0 hole.
Eagle Valley’s offense struggled mightily, but did mount a good drive in the second quarter getting into Coal Ridge’s red zone. The Devils’ Ian Bailey picked up some yards on the end-around before the drive stalled.
“The main thin is that we have got to learn to sustain drives offensively,” Ramunno said. “We can’t give away big plays on special teams too. That hurt us. We had been telling the kids about covering lanes on punt returns and keeping containment. Hopefully, we can go through the film and work on getting better.”
Eagle Valley’s defense was pretty solid given the amount of time it was on the field and the certain situations in which it was placed.
“I think we had our moments,” Ramunno said. “We showed we can stop the inside runs. We have to play better as a team and get some pressure on their quarterback. But we got some young kids some experience.”
Eagle Valley returns home Friday for its home opener against Summit County.
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