MANSFIELD — The Shoemaker Grey Wolves fell to the Mesquite Skeeters in the first round of playoffs Friday in Vernon Newsom Stadium, 52-6.

This was the Grey Wolves’ first playoff appearance since the 2015 season and none of the players had been to a playoff game before.

Head Coach Toby Foreman admitted they faced a superior team and that they definitely didn’t perform their best.

“No. 1, they’re better than we are, that’s the first thing, but you know we just didn’t come out and execute in the first half on offense and we got behind,” Foreman said. “When you do that, it normally doesn’t end well. We got really behind and that was the difference in the game, in my opinion, was us not being able to score on offense early and then we weren’t able to score in the third quarter and it just kind of snowballed from there.”

Shoemaker struggled to get on the board. A touchdown by junior running back De’Andre Exford in the second quarter was the only touchdown the Grey Wolves would have throughout the game.

Mesquite was hard to stop, especially senior quarterback Dylan Mcgill, who scored the Skeeter’s first touchdown less than a minute into the game.

Though they didn’t perform their best, Foreman and the players were happy to make a playoff appearance and tread uncharted waters. Foreman said that it was great to be able to make it into the playoffs after four years.

“I told the kids, I appreciate the journey they put us on. The fact that these fans are still here says a lot about our community and our fans,” Foreman said.

He added that they should have played the whole game in order to properly take on the Skeeters.

“If this had been a heavyweight fight, they would have stopped it after the first quarter. We didn’t answer the punch in the mouth and you’ve got to be able to do that in the playoffs and you’ve got to be able to do that throughout football,” Foreman said. “It’s four quarters and we just didn’t play four quarters – I don’t even think we played one quarter, but we definitely didn’t play four quarters tonight.”

Foreman is looking forward to next season, with many players returning. He sees only improvement in the future.

“We’re young and we’ve got some good experience and we’ve got some kids that have now played in a playoff game, so they know what to expect. With that being said, we’ve got to regroup and we’ve got to have a good offseason, good summer. We ought to be better next year than seven and four.”

Foreman was thankful to the Shoemaker fans who traveled to Mansfield to support them and all of the other fans that showed their support throughout the season.

“I just want to thank the fans for the whole year. They’ve been great, the community’s been great and they’ve been behind us,” Foreman said. “We really appreciate that because the kids appreciate it when there’s people that come to their games.”