HOMER—After a 24-hour delay because of bad weather, the Lakeside Warriors were able to get down to business and take on the Grambling Kittens in the first game of the Homer Jamboree.
After falling behind 6-0, the Warriors came back to tie it up on a 98-yard run by Chris Lewis and ended the jamboree with a 6-6 tie.
Head coach Joey Pesses was impressed with his team's effort.
"When I watched the film, I was very pleased with our effort," he said. "We're not where we want to be, but I was pleased. Our effort on film was better than I thought it was during the game. When you get caught up in the game, sometimes it's hard to tell. But if we continue to give that kind of effort, we'll improve a considerable amount."
Pesses saw a variety of positives as wellas a few negatives.
"I felt we messed up some," he said. "But we were able to keep fighting and coming back. We got down in the first quarter after a long pass where we missed some tackles, but I was proud because the kids kept fighting. Then Chris busted off that big run and put us back in the game."
Pesses said the defense played well, but that the team needs to improve in all three phases if they want to continue to improve.
"We've improved every week from Friday to Friday," he said. "But whatever team is out on the field (offense, defese or special teams), all 11 guys have to play together for us to win ball games. We're looking forward to this Friday night. We'll see what kind of bruises we have on Monday, and we'll go from there."