Shockers look ahead after loss

Waterville/Mansfield starters Xavier Tedder, Evan Simmons, Mauricio Negrete, Kayden Browning, Colin Poppie, Thomas Moser, Cody Deshazer, Miles Mittelstaedt, Alex Capi, Angel Lucero and Adolfo Vela. (Empire Press photo/James Robinson)

 

By David Heiling
Empire Press Correspondent

The Shockers on offense on the first down. (Empire Press photo/James Robinson)

WATERVILLE — The fact that the Waterville/Mansfield football team took a 46-0 loss in their Sept. 9 home opener against visiting Soap Lake could be seen by many as a sobering start to the football season. But for the Shockers, just fielding a team can be seen as a huge positive.

After being forced to forfeit the first game of the season against Lake Roosevelt on Sept. 1, Waterville/Mansfield had enough players come out to practice last week to field a team for the home-opener against the Eagles.

A big reason the team did not have many practices in the offseason or previous to the first week of scheduled Central Washington 2B League play was due to poor air quality. Fires ravaging north of the border in British Columbia, along with local fires in North Central Washington, west of the Cascade mountain range, Idaho, Montana, and Oregon made it difficult for the Shockers coaching staff to garner much interest in practicing outdoors.

Although the score did not reflect a successful outcome in terms of points for the Shockers, Waterville/Mansfield assistant coach Tayn Kendrick said he was impressed with the young team in terms of effort and toughness.

The Shockers’ quarterback this season is Evan Simmons. Other offensive skill players include running backs Xavier Tedder, Angel Lucero and Teddy Moser. Kayden Browning is one of the many young and skilled receivers, lining up at tight end. Defensively, Kendrick lauded Lucero and Moser, along with Cody Deshazer and Alex Capi, for working hard all night against the high-potent Eagles offense.

When asked what was going to be focused upon in practice leading up to Waterville/Mansfield’s bout with Bridgeport on Sept. 15, Kendrick said offensive timing and working with bracing and initiating contact will be key heading into the league matchup this upcoming Friday.

The game marked the first game for the Shockers on the season, and Kendrick said the athletes and parents are excited for the opportunity to play varsity contests in the CW2BL this season.

Like Waterville/Mansfield, Bridgeport had to forfeit its first contest of the season against Chewelah. The Shockers will travel north to play against the Mustangs, and the game should be competitive giving the late start both teams have had this season. Although Kendrick didn’t wish to comment on the number of players the team may have for the upcoming game against Bridgeport, signs seem to point that Waterville/Mansfield will have enough players to field a squad.