Circle focusing on basics after opening loss

CIRCLE — The Circle Thunderbirds opened their season at home Friday against Maize South. Circle fell 47-0.

“We saw some good stuff tonight,” head coach Logan Clothier said. “In the first half we competed well. At the end of the first half we made a couple of mental mistakes that allowed the game to get more separation. I’m proud of the kids and how they came out and competed and played hard. Maize South helps us see where we want to get to.”

Mazie South found the end zone several times in the first half for a 34-0 advantage at halftime.

“It was good to open to a very good team and some good sized kids,” Clothier said. “We had to slow our game a bit because both teams were going no huddle. Maize South is very well coached. Our kids played hard and that’s all we can ask of them.”

Next week Clothier said he plans on working on the team’s mental game, fundamentals and trust.

“I think we’re trying to do too much,” Clothier said. “We’re trying to overthink. Instead of trusting the guy next to us to do his job, we’re thinking about our job and his. We need to understand our rolls and do them to the best of our ability by following our fundamentals.”

Despite the loss, the stadium was full of Thunderbird fans for Clothier’s first game as head coach.

“We had a great turnout by our fans,” Clothier said. “Their continued support has been great. The kids are really excited to get back to work next week and see where we go from here. There’s no where to go but up.”



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