Mapleton: 60 Siletz: 20
Sept. 25, 2019 — Mapleton football kept its winning streak going Friday as the Sailors defeated the Siletz Warriors in a lopsided 60-20 win.
“We played really, really well,” Sailors coach Jeff Greene said. “I was so proud of the kids.”
Going into the game, Greene was worried that the Warriors would present a problem for the Sailors, in particular because of the size and height of some of their players.
“Being as big as they were, they thought they would pound it on us,” Green recalled. “I thought they were going to be able to run on us. But our kids rose to the occasion. They were focused and ready to play.”
It began as a tough battle between the teams. The Sailors came out with a touchdown on the first play, but the Warriors “came right down and scored on us, it was 8-6. But we got dialed in. Our kids were just figuring out what the team was about. We scored on offense right away and then we went back on defense — and defense did a nice job making some adjustments and going to the right gaps we practiced. They made the plays.”
By the end of the first quarter, the score was 24-6, and by halftime, it was 38-12.
“And then it ended up being 60-20 at the end. So we 45’d them at the end of three quarters,” Greene said.
Greene felt that the entire team, from defense to offense to special-teams — all excelled during the game.
Defensively, Greene singled out Justyce Wierichs, who had never played football before this season.
“He played corner and did an outstanding job covering [Siletz’s] best player,” Greene said. “I mean, just great coverage, deflections. That’s something we haven’t had in a while in Mapleton. A shutdown corner that can come up on a run and make the plays. He did a really nice job for us.”
AJ Moso picked off a pick-six and went 80-yards. Nate Neece made eight tackles, while JJ Neece had seven.
“Philip Burnett had a team-high 11 tackles. He’s just getting better and better,” said Greene. “He had a recovered fumble. He always has a nose for the ball and he’s just so good about being in the right spot. It’s just a good team effort.”
Offensively, Greene stated that while the team still has some areas to work on, overall it was great execution.
“I felt like the ball can go to anyone of our kids and they score at any time,” said Greene. “It’s just nice to see our linemen getting blocks for our kids and running around and doing a great job.”
Next Friday, Mapleton will host the season’s league opener against Elkton.
“This is when the games start counting,” Greene said. “You can’t take a team lightly for sure, and they have to come ready to play every day. You only get nine opportunities, once each week, and you’ve got to take it game to game, week to week. Just get prepared and do your best.”
And to do that, Greene has told his team to mentally prepare for the game.
“It’s visualizing what your job is the night before, what the plays are going to be, what your responsibility is on defense,” Greene said. “That’s what a lot of kids struggle with. They just show up sometimes and play. I’m like, ‘No man, you have to play it in your mind before you play it.’ It works. Getting kids to buy into that, then they’re ready. They’re physically and mentally ready to play.”