Central Tech Blues head coach Chuck Wakefield called it a learning experience. He’d better hope his players are quick learners if they are to avoid another lopsided defeat.
"Learning," Wakefield said about the only positive he could take away after Northern Red Knights handed his Blues a 30-0 defeat on Oct. 5.
The loss dropped Central Tech’s record to 1-1, while Northern solidified its spot at the top of the Tier 1 South Region with a 2-0 record.
"Hopefully we’ll get a good look at the game film and what our guys need to learn is what’s going on out there," the coach said.
The Red Knights opened up a 12-0 lead in the first quarter on a rushing touchdown from quarterback Eric Grayson and a touchdown catch from receiver Mike Farine. Tight end Justene Edwards scored on a 40-yard punt return to make it 20-0 at halftime.
After scoring a two-point conversion in the third quarter, Farine caught his second touchdown in the fourth, again from Grayson, to round out the scoring.
Central Tech had a tough time getting its offence going, as both Blues’ quarterbacks struggled with a tough Northern defence. Andre Paulo and Jesse Simon were under constant pressure throughout the game, and relied on short completions that amounted to little.
Wakefield gave credit to the more experienced Northern defence, but added that nerves also played a role in the poor play of his quarterbacks.
"Their defence moved around a lot, they did a lot of stunting and our guys weren’t ready for it," said Wakefield, who will retire after this season. "They got a little shook and, as Jesse went in he was nervous and couldn’t throw the ball well.
"And Andre’s really young, so he didn’t sink into (the pocket) and would bail out too quick. We need to find out who can handle the pressure the best."
The Blues were without their top offensive threat, running back Jamal George, who was being disciplined for academic reasons. But Wakefield said that losing by 30 points had nothing to do with missing George.
Errol Brooks took most of the handoffs in George’s absence. He had a strong game, but could not put any points on the board. Wakefield said he did like the way his defence played, considering they were on the field for most of the game.
Even though the Blues lost such a one-sided contest, Wakefield is confident they will be able to turn it around. He also wouldn’t mind a rematch with the Red Knights, perhaps in the playoffs.
"We got some athletic talent, but we didn’t show it very well," he said. "But there is still a long way to go and I think we’ll see them again."
Both Central Tech and Northern play in the Tier 1 South Region with East York Goliaths, Leaside Lancers and Lawrence Park Panthers. The top four teams advance to the playoffs.
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