If Bristol Eastern is going to take a step in the direction and get its first win against Platt on Friday, it will have to clean up its penalty mishaps and become more disciplined.
Last week, the Lancers fell in their season opener against RHAM after a bevy of self-inflicted penalties allowed the Raptors to crawl back into the game.
Lancers coach Anthony Julius said this week in practice the team is paying attention to the details and focusing on the little things. He said he wants to make sure that Eastern plays a more disciplined brand of football than they did on Friday night.
“We had some costly mistakes that really hurt us and gave RHAM an advantage to allow them to claw their way back into the game,” Julius said. “We need to clean that up and take care of what we can take care of.”
The Platt Panthers enter Week 2 after taking their show on the road and losing to Berlin 38-28 in their season opener. While the Panthers did suffer a loss, they were able to get their offense going which may prove to be challenging for the Lancers to keep up.
The Lancers offense was off to the races during the first half of their bout with RHAM, scoring five touchdowns, but unfortunately, two were called back due to penalties. The defense also shut out the Raptors in the first half, however, tables turned drastically in the second half. The offense was unable to move the ball and the defense was unable to get a stop.
Julius said despite the result from last week, the team did run the ball well and were able to throw it in the first half. He said there were a lot of positives to build off of, but Platt has a very physical and well-coached team.
“Traditionally, Platt is a very physical football team. Coach Jason Bruenn has been doing it over there for a long time and he’s been very successful,” Julius said. “They play extremely physical, they have tremendous athleticism and they are a well disciplined football team.”
He said for Bristol Eastern, they are going to have to be sound in all three phases of the game.
“We are going to have to execute at a high level and not make the costly mistakes that we made last week,” he said. “If we can do that then we will give ourselves a really good opportunity.”
The Week 2 matchup will kick off at 6:30 at Falcon Field.