In their previous meeting, Atkins routed Mansfield 44 – 7. This time around, more of the same. Atkins breezed past Mansfield last week with a final score of 46 – 14.One positive for Mansfield, at least, was the performance of Ethan Stovall. The talented underclassman tossed the ball for 129 yards and two TDs.
Mansfield’s record fell to 2-7 after the loss.
“I thought we competed much better at times in our games versus Atkins. We left way too many plays on the field on both sides of the ball when the game was still competitive….dropped interceptions, not connecting in the pass game, not playing with relentless effort until that ball is back in the refs hands after a play. When you do that against a good team like Atkins, they will make you pay for it. Right now , besides youth and the injury bug, our biggest challenge is mentally. Believing we can win,believing we can make plays. Having confidence on defense to play full speed with great run fits because we know we will make the tackle.The focus here in the last week is continuing to improve in that area,have fun, honor our seniors and work on things that we think will benefit us in the future.” – Coach Craig Bentley
Mansfield will travel to Charleston this Friday for a 7:00pm game time.