HARTLAND — After a week of reflection and renewed purpose in practice, the Hartland football team is hoping to apply that to its advantage tonight at Salem.
The Eagles (0-1) are looking to rebound after a loss at Novi last week in a game that will be broadcast by The Livingston Post starting at 6:50 p.m.
“We’ve got to be more focused at practice,” defensive back Jake Moyer said, “make sure we’re ready by game time, not worrying about anything else and focusing on the game and going out and giving it our all.”
The Eagles lost 49-28, allowing more than 300 yards through the air.
“Our offensive line blocked well and our defense line played well,” Hartland coach Brian Savage said. “We gave up 100-some yards rushing, bu in small chunks. There weren’t big plays, so that’s good. Our linebackers played well for having some new kids there. We got better as the game went on, so there were some positives.”
It’s the second road game in as many contests for the Eagles, a stat which Savage noted only in passing.
“We knew this would be the first two weeks on the road, and it’s another game,” he said. “It doesn’t really matter where we lay them. We just go play.”
Defensive lineman Jason Gigliotti said the Eagles paid more attention to detail in practice this week.
“We missed a lot of tackles and we missed a lot of little things we need to get better on,” he said. “I think after that we’ll be a lot better.”
Savage is looking for another tough game against the Rocks.
“They’ve got a running quarterback, two good running backs and a lineman who plays offense and defense and has been offered by a couple of MAC schools,” he said. “They’re big and strong and another good team in the KLAA.”
Hartland is one of a few teams playing on Friday, which meant the Eagles players had an extra day off last weekend rather than returning to practice Sunday for a Thursday game.
“A long weekend gave us time to focus,” Moyer said. “Watch film, break it down and learn what we needed to work on this week, and I felt like we did a good job this week practicing and working on what we needed to work on.”
The proof will come tonight.