Cougars Preach Defense In Gridiron Sermon

The sermon in Morgantown was about having a strong defense against the Warriors as East Hardy bellowed out a 21-2 victory at Trinity Christian on Sunday afternoon.

“Focus. I don’t know if it was the change of the week and playing on a Sunday and the uncertainty of the schedule with last minute changes of schedule. I am not going to make excuses. That wasn’t East Hardy Football. We like to play fast out of the gate and we have done that most of the time this season. No discredit to Trinity Christian, but I thought we were definitely better than a no score tie at the end of the first quarter and that did not show and I am not proud of that. If it doesn’t grab your attention now, it isn’t going to,” East Hardy coach Devon Orndorff commented.

“At East Hardy, we focus on defense. That is our heart and soul and we know we can fall back on our defense in times we struggle like offensively today in the first quarter. We hang our hat on our defense today. It’s invaluable today and I’m greatly appreciative of that [younger kids playing time]. I am happy with a win. A win is a win, it is worth the same amount in the ratings. We played some East Hardy Football in spurts today. We hang our hat on not only defensive stops, but defensive scores and special teams big plays. I have to think about back four years for a blocked punt retuned for a touchdown. We loved that, we teach that, we rep that and it just hasn’t fallen that way until today. It is so exciting to see somebody execute that and be successful scoring for us in a 14 point game, so that was a huge play for us at the time.”

Both teams went scoreless in the first quarter of action as the defenses kept the end zones quiet including an interception by Trinity Christian’s Levi Teets on a deep pass by Christian Dove intended for Noah Lang with just two minutes left in the opening frame.

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The Cougars have no game this Friday. The next game is at home on October 23 against Pendleton County.