Winless ConVal faces toughest test yet

The ConVal football team dropped its homecoming game against Kearsarge, 14-0, on Friday, Sept. 27, 2013.

The ConVal football team dropped its homecoming game against Kearsarge, 14-0, on Friday, Sept. 27, 2013. Purchase photo reprints at Photo Finder »

Monadnock is the next stop for a ConVal football team still seeking its first win of the 2013 season.

Last week was a tough loss for the Cougars, who were shut out for the fourth time this season. The Sanborn Indians blew the game open in the last minutes of the first half, making the winner clear by halftime. The final score was 45-0.

ConVal, 0-5, sits in last place tied with Hollis Brookline, while Monadnock is off to a 5-0 start. The powerhouse Huskies, led by quarterback Isaiah Prince and running back Drew Bolewski, are coming off a big 66-37 win against Laconia. The Monadnock offense has really clicked this year, scoring a total of 193 points in just five games.

The Cougars only have 14 points to show for their five games (versus 179 point for their opponents); they’ll face the toughest matchup on their schedule in Monadnock this Saturday.

ConVal’s practice routine won’t be anything different this week as the team prepares for Saturday’s game.

“For us, we prepare the same every week,” head coach Ryan McCartney said. “We need to work on our running game and put some different formations in there. If Monadnock can have their way, they are going to play man and put eight or nine guys in the box, so we need to spread them out and slow them down.”

The Cougars focus on defense and not committing turnovers should ultimately lead to more success on the field. Against a team like Monadnock, turnovers are something that ConVal simply cannot afford, and the team will look to limit that Saturday. “That’s a part we just have to focus on,” McCartney said. “We have to remind the guys about making sure they have two hands on the ball and it’s high and tight. It’s repetitions, it’s focus and that’s what we have to pay attention to when we are running the ball. We can’t just give teams five opportunities inside our own 30-yard line like we did last week.”

Saturday’s game is at Monadnock at 6:30 p.m.

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