Portales seeking first win

PNT Staff Report

The Portales Rams head east to Lubbock tonight in search of their first win of the young season.

Head coach Andy Correll’s crew are at Lubbock’s Lowrey Field tonight to play Wichita Falls-Hirschi (7 p.m.)

“They’re extremely athletic,” Correll said. “(They’re) very quick, very fast. We’re going to have to definitely play disciplined football to stay with them.”

Correll also said that Hirschi has a very deceptive offense.

“They’re pretty balanced,” Correll said. “They run a spread offense and it seems like they really threw it more, but when we tallied it, it was actually pretty even.”

Last week, Hirschi beat a team from Fort Worth, 27-19, while the Rams lost their opener at home against the defending state champion Las Vegas-Robertson Cardinals 20-15.

Correll talked about the Rams mental preparation as well as a few special teams miscues that cost them their opener.

“For starters, we’ve got to make sure we stay mentally focussed and not do the mental breakdowns that we had (against Robertson),” Correll said. “The second part to that is special teams. We gave up too good of field position throughout the game.”

Last Friday night, the Rams jumped out to an early 15-0 lead in the first quarter, but according to Correll, his boys lost their focus — something that Correll knows they can’t afford to keep doing.

“With a team like Hirschi, we’re going to have to play sound on all three phases for sure,” Correll said. “ Hirschi had the best record they’ve ever had last year at 7-4.”