North Tahoe loses at Mammoth
The North Tahoe football team took another tough lick in its fourth game of the season, losing 48-8 against Mammoth (Mammoth Lakes, Calif.) on Friday.
But according to Lakers head coach Scott Everist, his young team is improving quickly.
“We’re going to improve every week,” Everist said. “We’re just young.”
Everist said that some of his younger players have never played football before. However, he says his team’s learning curve is high.
The Lakers’ skipper said he is trying to focus on defense with his team, and that the boys need work on tackling and need to give up less yards when not in control of the football.
Everist singled out Ernesto Mendoza, who ran for more than 150 yards, James Laughlin and Omar Gonzales as having great games against a 1-2 Mammoth squad that had previously lost against Dayton and Whittier Christian.
The Lakers’ points came on a short rush into the end zone by Colin Blount, followed by a Ryan Blount two-point conversion.
While Everist said he does get tired and he does get frustrated, both his coaching staff and his players have helped him through that disappointment.
“Skip (Piechocinski) has been awesome this year,” Everist said of his assistant coach’s positivity and vision at what a hard year with young players potentially means for next year.
Everist’s example is sophomore James Laughlin, who was a freshman last year struggling to play on a varsity team. But now, according to Everist, Laughlin is “a stud.”
Despite tough outcomes, Everist said his players are also remaining positive and motivated to learn and improve.
“The kids are happy,” Everist said. “They have the right attitude.”
While the Lakers face what Everist calls potentially the toughest game of the season this week at undefeated Battle Mountain, the remainder of the season fields matchups that leave the coach optimistic.
“The rest of the games are games where we can be competitive and hopefully win,” Everist said.
For now, Everist will remain positive and push his players to improve. While things may seem tough now, he knows that gaining experience is not always easy, and tough players come out of tough times.
North Tahoe (0-4) travels to play Battle Mountain (4-0) this Saturday for a 1:30 p.m. kickoff.
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