Shockers plagued by small mistakes

QB Jacob Stibal (2) runs the ball in for a 2-point conversion. Kody Angus (43) and Riley Voie (64) are in the background. Kayden Browning (82) blocks for Stibal. (Provided photo/Stephanie Stibal)

 

By David Heiling
Empire Press Correspondent

Kayden Browning (82) runs for a touchdown, and celebrates in the endzone with Johnny Mullen (83) and Miles Mittelstaedt (61). (Provided photo/Stephanie Stibal)

BREWSTER — The visiting Waterville/Mansfield football team was held to just two possessions in the first half against the Brewster Bears after Brewster kicker Ricardo Gallaga executed four onside kicks to perfection in the first two quarters. The Shockers fell by a final score of 50-16 on Oct. 20.

Once Brewster led Waterville/Mansfield 42-0 in the second quarter, a league-mandated running clock rapidly increased the pace of play. Brewster made the score 50-0 when Gio Avila picked off Jacob Stibal and returned it 38 yards to the house.

The Shockers got on the board in the fourth quarter when Stibal found Kayden Browning for a 60-yard touchdown pass. Waterville/Mansfield would strike again later in the quarter on Stibal’s second touchdown pass of the night, this time to teammate Johnny Mullen.

“We played a solid first quarter, and then the onside kicks killed us after that,” Waterville/Mansfield coach Tayn Kendrick said after the game. “I’ll give the guys credit, they kept playing and it’s just the little mistakes that kill us in these kinds of games. It’s nothing big, but we have to limit the turnovers.”

Brewster coach Jake Johanson had big words of praise for the young Shockers.

“The score does not reflect how close the game really was, I don’t think,” Johanson said. “They played very hard, and very tough. They didn’t make it easy on us and they’ve improved quite a bit from the past few seasons.”

Waterville/Mansfield hosts Oroville on Oct. 27 for senior night and Kendrick said no matter the outcome, a certain style of play will leave Shockers fulfilled after an up-and-down season.

“I think for us, we’re not the same team we were at the beginning of the year,” Kendrick said. “I don’t think the score tonight is indicative of how far we’ve come. The way I will gauge our success next week is by putting together four quarters of mistake-free football. That’s all we’re looking for. If were able to do that, everything will fall into place for us and we will be able to walk off the field with our heads held high.”