BRIGHTON — Last week’s loss to Novi was one of those games that taught the Brighton football game it can’t afford many more of those kind of games.
“We are definitely not good enough, at this point, to overcome some of the mistakes we’ve been making,” coach Brian Lemons said. “I’d be super concerned if it was the same mistake over and over. But we have found new ways to make mistakes and we have practiced really hard this week to clean that stuff up.:
The proof will come tonight, when the Bulldogs (2-2 overall, 2-1 KLAA West) play host to Northville (1-3, 1-2) at Brighton High School. The game will be broadcast on The Livingston Post, starting at 6:50 p.m. Click here for the link.
The Bulldogs outgained Novi, but couldn’t get their offense untracked iuntil after the Wildcats had taken a 21-3 lead in the second half.
“I think last week the struggle was that it snowballed on us,” Lemons said. “You can’t win with (three) turnovers. You can’t win with lots of penalties. You can’t win with these types of mistakes. I t seeped over to the defense side of the ball and we struggled making some tackles, but I think our guys have responded to the challenge, and I’m expecting the best this week “
Tonight is the fifth game, the midpoint of the 2021 season, which adds to the urgency.
“It’s gone by really fast,” linebacker Hunter Harding said. “We all have at least four games under our belt. We’ve got to be what we can be.”
Offensive tackle Jack Storey says his team’s mental focus will be key.
“I think everyone’s got to lock on what they’re doing,” he said. “Everyone’s got to know their job pre-snap. Offensive line’s got to know what they’re doing and lock in.”
After two days of rain, a sunny day should dry out the Brighton artificial turf, and temperatures will be much more like the third day of autumn, in the mid-60s at kickoff. ‘
“We’ll have some football temperatures and have a nice home game,”: Lemons said. “It will be awesome. The sun out of my face and the rain off my back will be good.”