F-W-B moves ball often, but scores little in loss to Akron

AKRON — Fredonia-Westfield-Brocton hoped to carry a two-game winning streak into the final game of the regular season next week against Dunkirk. Unfortunately, due to a lack of execution in the red zone, the Badgers fell to the Akron Tigers 27-8.

“We moved the ball from deep in the territory and left the ball on Akron’s 1-yard line in our first series,” Badgers coach Greg Sherlock said. ” … Later a touchdown got called back and, again we left the ball again at the 1-yard line. … Other than that we played pretty well in the first half. I thought we did a lot of things right, but it didn’t show on the scoreboard. It’s good for the stat sheet but it doesn’t get the job done. … We just couldn’t put the ball in the end zone.”

The Badgers took a 13-0 deficit into halftime, and from there would not score until the fourth quarter where Ka’Rim Levens ran 11 yards for a touchdown (two-point conversion by Nate Shuart). However, that wasn’t enough as the Badgers fell to 2-4 on the season.

“I’ve got to become a better coach, that’s the bottom line,” Sherlock said. “I want to change the mentality of this team. That takes time, but I thought that time was now.”

The Badgers finished the game with 200 yards (170 in the first half) rushing the ball and 86 yards passing. Brendan Plaister rushed for 72 yards on 17 carries; Nico Pucci ran for 45 yards on four carries. Levens and Trey Swartz split snaps at quarterback to account for the absence of Reid Tarnowski.

Brandon Meyers hauled in a 47-yard catch in the first quarter of the contest.

Jacob Skinner led the Badger defense with 12 tackles and defensive tackle Andrew Baribeau went for 10 tackles on the night.

After the loss, the Badgers go into the final week of the season facing an undefeated Dunkirk team that just defeated Albion 18-15 at home Friday night. Earlier this season in Week 3, the Badgers played an extremely competitive game at home against Albion that came down to the final quarter, but ended in a close 20-12 loss for the Badgers.

With that being said, Sherlock believes that his team can go into Dunkirk a play a competitive game if his team leaves everything they got out on the gridiron

“Win or lose we’re not looking back. They want (Dunkirk) in the worst way,” Sherlock said. “We have a lot of competitors on this team, but do they have it inside themselves to step up, take some hits and still do their job? … You get to go against one of the best teams in the state and have chance to do something no one has done all year. … If we can play hard for 48 minutes, I think we’re going to be in the game.

“You got to have that heart and want to be out there on the field,” he continued. “I want that. I really want our kids to step up. It’s not about me, it’s not about them. It’s about what you have inside yourself to give everything you have. I want them to play with fire and heart. I also want them to be disciplined and do their job, and their job only. … I expect more from the kids I have. .. I expect us to play well against Dunkirk.”