PINCKNEY — It was understandable, if not welcome, for a Pinckney football team to have what Coach Rod Beaton called “a little bit of lethargy today.”
After all, his players, like those across the state, have been on quite the rollercoaster ride throughout the summer right through last week’s 26-20 loss to Monroe in overtime of the season opener.
The Pirates will be looking to rebound tonight against Southeastern Conference White Division foe Tecumseh at Pinckney High School in a game that will be broadcast on The Livingston Post, starting at 6:50 p.m.
Both teams are 0-1, while Pinckney is 0-0 in the White as Monroe was a nonleague opponent.
“The big thing for us is consistent execution,” Beaton said. “You look at (last week), we left some big plays on the field. We definitely have to hit those plays. It was week one, and while we’re not making excuses, it showed a little bit.”
The Pirates have beaten the Indians in all three meetings since Pinckney returned to the SEC, but quarterback Luke Lovell sees no reason for overconfidence.
“They’re a good team, and very much improved,” he said. “We’re not going to take them lightly. We’re going to treat it like any other Friday night and hopefully come out with a win.”
“They don’t come out doing a ton of things,” Beaton said of the Indians, “but what they do, they do well. They go really up-tempo offensively, and they have a really dynamic quaterback. The kid is a very, very good athlete, and they’re going to play a good, sound, fundamental defense. That’s what they do, and we’ve got to be ready for it.”
Last week, mistakes put the Pirates into a 20-6 hole in the second quarter.
“At halftime, we were asking our seniors, ‘How do you want your senior season to be?'” co-captain Jack Tracchet said.
The Pirates answered with a pair of scores to tie the game at 20 before Monroe won it in overtime.
“Our plan (tonight) is to come out mentally prepared and fix the kind of mistakes we made last week,” Tracchet said. “Just little mental mistakes. Some were in the game, but mostly it was a lot of mental mistakes that we can fix and come out with a W.”
The elimination of seven-on-seven summer passing leagues this summer, and preseason scrimmages, has forced everyone to having to make more adjustments than they normally would between the first two weeks of the season.
“We felt good about what we had in (the game plan),” Beaton said. “It’s was just execution. We just have to be better at it. We went after it this week, coached it better, gave it more energy, gave it what we needed to do and make sure they knew exactly what to do.”
The results will show themselves tonight.