Rams suffer ‘tough loss’
Team looks for victory after 3-37 loss
Published: Friday, October 4, 2013
Updated: Thursday, October 3, 2013 14:10
The Rams head to Abilene to take on McMurry University on Oct.5 at 2 p.m.
After their 3–37 loss to No. 1 Valdosta State, the Rams are ready to take control.
Although the loss was disappointing, it was a good experience for the team, Head Coach Will Wagner said.
“Georgia is a place that is rich in tradition from the college and high school standpoint, so it’s good to see how another program works,” he said.
Wagner said he hopes the team learns from the mistakes made in Georgia.
“Hopefully our guys understand that when you play one of the top programs in the country you cannot make mistakes,” he said. “Those mistakes cost you and they make it tough to come back.”
The team has not been shutting down at least a quarter early, Wagner said.
“We want to actually play four quarters,” Wagner said. “Our guys understand that as we go through the season, competition will get harder and harder.”
Based on their performance, senior wide receiver Quinn Reels said, the Rams beat themselves.
“It was a tough loss,” he said. “We shot ourselves in the foot, but losing that badly to a team that good motivates us to keep getting better.”
Reels said the team tripped on their own mistakes, but now they know what to correct for conference play.
“After facing the type of defense Valdosta had, I don’t see anybody in our conference being as good, so I have high expectations for us this conference season,” Reels said. “I see us turning things around and winning many games to come.”
Reels said in the past the team would get discouraged and stop giving their all, but this year they are motivated and improving.
“Playing a complete game matters in coming home with the win and we have to start doing that,” he said. “The losses that we have are results of that, and hopefully we can come home with a win this weekend.”