KILLEEN — The Shoemaker Grey Wolves fell to the Midway Panthers 35-15 in Leo Buckley Stadium Oct. 24.
Sudden chilly and rainy weather, brought on by a cold front, delayed the game by around 45 minutes and had everyone thinking that the game would have to be delayed and finished on Saturday.
Despite this, the Grey Wolves came out hot in the first half, with junior running back Ka’Jari Herrera and junior quarterback Ty Bell scoring, keeping it a close game. Shoemaker even held the lead at halftime with a score of 15-14. However, the Panthers warmed up by the second half and were anxious to redeem themselves after their winning streak was broken by a loss to the Harker Heights Knights the week prior.
Shoemaker’s head coach Toby Foreman was proud of how his team played in the first half, but admitted that they had too many turnovers.
“We’ve got to play two halves number one, but we can’t turn the ball over. We haven’t done that all year. We had three turnovers tonight and we haven’t had but five the entire year, so we’ve got to do a better job than that,” Foreman said.
There were several plays at the end of the third quarter and during beginning of the fourth quarter where each team fumbled multiple times with the other taking advantage and regaining possession of the ball, but Foreman didn’t blame it on the weather.
“We just didn’t handle the ball very well. I don’t think it had one thing to do with the weather. There were a couple of hits that they knocked it out and it was a stripped ball so I don’t think it had anything to do with the weather, no. We just didn’t secure the ball very well.”
Foreman acknowledged that the Panthers came out to play in the second half and that the Grey Wolves needed to play with the same ferocity they had in the first half, throughout the entire game.
“Bottom line is they won the game in the second half, we didn’t lose it, they won the game in the second half, that’s the bottom line,” Foreman said.
Though the game didn’t end how he would have liked it, the coach was glad to have finished it despite the bad weather. He said the team could properly prepare for their game against Copperas Cove this week.
“I know we didn’t win tonight, but we did get the game in. That was big because the alternative was playing Saturday and I wasn’t interested in that at all,” Foreman admitted. “So we do have an extra day to get ready for Copperas Cove. It’s going to be a big game, they’ve got a high powered offense. We’ve got to do a good job of executing going into Bulldawg Stadium and coming out with a win.”
If they play with the same energy as they did in the first half of this game they will undoubtedly do well as regular season play comes to a close.
Coach Foreman and the Shoemaker Grey Wolves will take on the Copperas Cove Bulldawgs in Bulldawg stadium Friday. Kickoff is at 7:30 p.m.