Homer 28, Beekman 6
HOMER — Cobe Matthews returned the opening kickoff 80 yards for a touchdown. Little went right for Beekman the rest of the way in a 28-6 loss to the Homer Pelicans on Friday night.
Beekman (0-2) proved to be its own worst enemy.
"We would have a drive going, and fumble the football," Beekman coach Wade McDonald said. "Turnovers and penalties stalled us. We have to learn to finish."
Beekman finished with 197 total yards (117 rushing, 80 passing).
"Just like the LaSalle game, our defense stayed on the field too much," McDonald said. "We had some misreads on routes and some dropped passes that hurt us."
For the Tigers, a good week of practice did not carry over into the game.
"I thought we had the best week of practice we had all year, but we weren't focused Friday," McDonald said. "I told the kids, 'I take responsibility for this one. This one's one me.' We are going to try to do things a little different this week."
On the bright side, the Tigers' offensive line showed signs of coming together.
"Offensively, I thought the line did as good of a job as they have done, so far," McDonald said.
Drawing his first start at right guard, Michael Shane turned in a solid outing.
"We moved Michael Shane to guard last week," McDonald said. "He did a real good job there."
Taron Taylor led the Tigers offensively with 58 yards on 12 carries.
"Taron did a real good job running the football," McDonald said.
Brock Jenkins completed 8-of-14 passes for 80 yards. Zeb Morgan, Ethan White and Charles Paige caught two passes apiece and Chad Jones added an 18-yard reception.
A week after logging 18.5 tackles vs. LaSalle, linebacker Lucas Lara recorded 19 tackles against the Pelicans (1-1). Willie Williams added eight tackles and an interception, followed by Dalon Moore with seven tackles, two tackles for loss and a sack. Johnny Gipson, Seth Meyers, Ethan White, Ethan Nelson and Matthews added seven stops apiece.
"Homer did basically the same thing LaSalle did — run right at us," McDonald said. "We still have learn to protect the edge a little better, but our defense is playing good football. "
While the high tackle numbers look good on the stat sheet, it is also a reflection of the unit spending an exceptional amount of time on the field. Hence, the defense is fatigued by the fourth quarter.
"We have to find a way to keep the ball longer offensively to keep our defense from being on the field so much," McDonald said.
Beekman returns to action Friday at 7 p.m., hosting Lakeside in the first game at its new on-campus stadium.