Second quarter dooms Culver in loss to Gervais
The Culver Bulldogs' football squad struggled to get going last Thursday in Gervais, as they fell 31-6 to the Cougars.
"We didn't get of the bus," said Culver head coach Shea Little. "I think that's just the best way to say it. We didn't get off the bus."
Culver kicked off to Gervais, and two plays later the Cougars scored. Culver took the ensuing kickoff and drove down the field, scoring on a 7-yard run by Christian Mattson to make the score 8-6.
"We thought, OK, we woke up," Little said. "And then we had missed assignments, execution problems, we just didn't feel as a coaching staff that our team was mentally prepared for the game.
Gervais took advantage and by halftime led 25-6.
As they have done all season, Culver put their JV team on the field for the third quarter, and that turned out to be a big positive for the Bulldogs.
"I don't know why, but we just aren't in it, so we told them to figure it out and put all of our JV kids in," Little said. "We were super impressed with how they played and it was kind of fun."
Gervais did score once in the period, running the score to 31-6, but Little said that, as a whole, his JV players more than held their own against the Gervais varsity.
The fourth quarter Little put his starters back in and they played to a 0-0 tie for the period.
"That third quarter ignited our seniors," Little said. "They stepped up that fourth quarter and got into it and were flying around and having fun."
Culver plays Colton on the road at 5 p.m. on Thursday. Both teams head into the game with 1-2 records. Culver was missing a couple of players against Gervais because of spring vacation plans, and Little said that Thursday's game will be a challenge.
"We are just trying to make sure we can field a team," Little said. "I've got seven or eight guys gone this week. They already had plans for spring break, Heck, we didn't even know six weeks ago if we would be allowed to play seven on seven, so they have plans. I think all the 2A schools are in the same boat this week. We are just going to go and do the best we can with what we've got."
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