It didn’t take long for Nooksack Valley coach Robb Myhre to realize his team just wasn’t ready to play Friday, Sept. 11, after a long trip to face Montesano.
“It was the first play — the first series, we ran several of our base plays, offensively, and there was so much confusion for whatever reason,” Myhre said in a phone interview. “It was like, ‘Wow, who showed up to play?’”
While the Pioneers came out “a little flat,” the Bulldogs certainly came ready to play, as they laid a 56-0 beating on the Pioneers in a non-league game.
Myhre said he was impressed with Montesano’s ability to run the ball up and down the field.
“They ran the ball very well,” Myhre said. “Their guys up front were older, stronger kids. I thought they really dominated us up front, but really, I though all 11 of their kids played better than ours tonight. Each position on the field got out played.”
Myhre said he took a silver lining from the play of Michael O’Bryan, who “played hard all game and never gave up from the first whistle to the last, and we really appreciated that.”
Casey Bauman also caught his coach’s eye with a couple of nice plays offensively.
Things won’t get any easier next week, when the Pioneers host Cascade Christian at 7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 18.