Cottonwood blanks McKenzie

Published 10:59 pm Friday, September 28, 2012

McKenzie School head coach Miles Brown had a hard time finding the right words to describe the Tigers’ 32-0 loss to Cottonwood High School Friday.

“They didn’t do a good job executing,” Brown said. “That’s my fault as head coach and we’re going to correct this and play again.”

The showdown against the Class 2A school was nothing less than disappointing to the head coach after a 48-13 loss to Geneva County High School just a week earlier.

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Cottonwood took advantage of a slow-starting McKenzie team through the first half.

However, the Tigers began to find momentum in the second half of the game, but Brown said playing only one half of a game doesn’t get a win.

“We played better in the second half,” Brown said. “We have to come out with intensity at the beginning of the game and not at halftime.”

Brown said he and the Tigers will be getting back to the basics and working on the team as a whole come Monday.

“The biggest thing we have to get better at what we do,” Brown said. “Tomorrow is a new day and we’re going to go work. That’s all you can do. It’s just a process of life. You have bad days. You don’t quit. We have to work on us.”

McKenzie (2-3) will face off in a region game against Kinston Friday. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. in Kinston.