Stonewall Jackson Football Notebook: Generals keeping positive attitude after loss

Stonewall quarterback Brendan Hoover finds running room up the middle. Rich Cooley/Daily

QUICKSBURG – Stonewall Jackson first-year head football coach Pete Lampman isn’t going to let one loss slow him or his team down.

Lampman said after Friday night’s 34-0 loss to Strasburg that the Generals need to stay positive. The team has struggled the past few years to win games, including a winless season last year.

“We got the hang-dog look when we got behind,” Lampman said. “We had a couple injuries that didn’t help. And they reverted back (to past year’s attitude) a little bit. It’s a battle we fight when you’ve been down for a long time. So its a battle we’re going to win. It may take a season, but we’re going to win the battle.”

Lampman said the most important thing is that the team needs to bounce back and have a good week of practice and a good attitude to get ready for Central this week.

“The coaching staff’s not going to quit,” Lampman said. “It’s a 10 game season — one game at a time. I give all the credit to Strasburg. They came out, executed their game plan. They played hard and they played well and we did not.”

LEARNING TO FINISH: The Generals turned the ball over three times in their new triple-option offense. They were able to move the ball at times, but had trouble finishing off drives on offense.

It was the same problem on defense. The Rams were able to convert on four of their first seven third-down attempts.

“We play great defense for two downs and then on third down give up a long pass,” Lampman said. “…It’s football. We got to cultivate a football sense. Not having a sense of doom. Learn how to finish drives and finish quarters and finish games and it’s in that order.”

One of the bright spots for the Generals was the play of the defensive line. Stonewall Jackson had six sacks against the Rams.

Lampman said he told his players there were some bright spots to build on for this week’s game against Central.

“There are some spots, and I told them we had some fun sometimes,” Lampman said. “There were some spots where we had a good time. I said you guys are sacking quarterbacks and then you get third-and-18 and you give up a long pass. The potential’s there to accomplish what we want to accomplish and do good things. But you got to be consistent.”