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Win over Park River means more to learn for Panthers

By Sue Sitter - | Oct 3, 2020

Sue Sitter/PCT Panther junior varsity players take a timeout at a home game as varsity players prepare for their game against Carrington.

After a 33-14 football win over Park River’s Aggies Sept. 25, the Rugby Panthers met in the classroom Monday, as always, to study the game.

Coach Travis Risovi said he reviews videos of the previous Friday’s game with the team weekly, pointing out key plays and mistakes.

“We point out all the goods, the bads and just try to learn and get better each week,” Risovi said.

Risovi said there were plenty of goods to point out to the team from last Friday’s game in Park River.

“We rushed the ball really well,” Risovi said. “Our linemen did a nice job of opening up holes and getting downfield and getting on linebackers. We ended up rushing 403 yards for the night – just rushing yards. That was a fantastic night’s effort.”

“I made sure they got a lot of credit and of course, Brody, J.D., Tim, Riley, Kory Vetsch – all the kids running the football, they did a nice job of finding the holes and running hard and breaking some tackles,” Risovi added. “It was a good overall team effort.”

The bads?

“We had seven penalties still in the game,” Risovi noted. “That’s something we’re trying to clean up. We have to play a little bit cleaner and take those penalties away so we don’t hurt ourselves.”

“Then, the first half, defensively, we gave up some big plays and that’s just not us,” Risovi added. “We’ve got to make plays, not give up the good ones. Make them snap it again.”

“We cleaned it up well in the second half, but we had to look at what we were doing wrong and how we’re going to fix it,” Risovi said.

The Panthers hosted Carrington’s Cardinals at home Friday.

Risovi said the Panthers were preparing to meet a team very different from the 2019 Cardinals, who fell easily to the Panthers.

“They’re a lot different team from what they were last year,” Risovi said of Carrington. “They basically only had one main senior last year who did a lot for them and they were growing and learning – kind of where we’re at this year – and obviously, their kids have matured a little bit more. They’re hitting the weight room and moving the kids around a little bit more and they’re playing good football.”

“This week’s going to be a great game,” he added. “Carrington brings in a nice team that’s playing power football. They’re lined up and coming at you and it’s going to be a really good test for us to see where we’re at and to see if we can match them physically and be successful at what we want to do.”

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