RUSTON — The Minden Crimson Tide had a tough time at the Jam at the Joe jamboree in Ruston on Saturday, losing to Calvary Baptist, 48-0.
"I believe we're a better football team than we showed," Minden head coach Randy Peters said. "I think we got a little shell-shocked early. Calvary is a very good team and the mistakes kind of snowballed on us, the bad snaps, missed tackles, picks, under throws, overthrows and we had some poor decisions in the running game."
Peters feels his team will rebound from the outing and play well.
"We had this happen to us early on last year, but we recovered and got better as time went on," he said. "And I definitely we'll do the same this year. The kids are disappointed and determined to come back and show that we're a better team than we showed."
Defensively the Tide struggled against Calvary's spread offense and had trouble stopping the Cavaliers run game. The highlight for the Tide on defense was an interception by Raymond Nevels.
Offensively, the jamboree did nothing to settle the Tide's quarterback situation, as both quarterbacks had highs and lows.
"Our quarterbacks both struggled, but I think they both have chances to be good players," Peters said. "Turner (Francis) is going to continue to get better and so is Ronald (Richard). They both did some good things out there."
Peters said there were some positives to be seen.
"We saw some good things out there," he said. "I was pleased with the offensive line and the pass protection was very good.
Calvary didn't get to our quarterbacks at all. We had some good running lanes at times, but we didn't make very good decisions. I thought Cortavious Rice had some good runs and he's going to be a good back for us. I also thought Derek Herrington looked pretty good."
Peters said the best thing for his team is to put the bad outing behind them and look forward, as the regular season will be here at the end of the week.
"We have to get to work and get focused," he said. "We have to get better and you do that in practice. Mentally we have to get focused and play at a high level and I think we'll do that. There isn't anybody more disappointed than the players and coaches. We all believe we're a better team than what we showed. We have to turn it around quickly, because North DeSoto is a pretty solid team."