Warriors return to action

Peniel Baptist Academy hasn’t played six-man football in two weeks. It has been three weeks for Hillsborough Baptist, a Seffner school that had its last game cancelled by malfunctioning lights.

Ideally, the lights will be on tonight at the Theobold Complex, where the teams are to meet after a 5 p.m. middle-school game, and the 0-1 Warriors and 1-0 Lions will be able to play lights-out.

Peniel coach Terry Goodwin certainly hopes to, still not satisfied with playing Gainesville Cornerstone Christian close in its six-man debut, losing 38-34 on Sept. 3.

He has pinpointed three areas in need of improvement.

“Not tackling right, not being in good enough shape and running part of our (pass) routes instead of all of them,” Goodwin said.

Tackling technique loomed large in the fourth quarter of the Cornerstone game when the Gainesville team was allowed to run 15 yards up the middle for what proved to be the clinching touchdown.

The Warriors found their greatest success on the ground with Daunte Morgan running eight times for 85 yards and three touchdowns. Austin Spedden had 53 yards on four carries.

“I think we showed we were plenty athletic enough to play with just about anybody, seeing the talent that was on the field from No. 1 all the way down to No. 15,” Goodwin said.

The Warriors, who began as an 11-man program in 2009, are in their first year of six-man after two years of eight-man ball. They were 2-18 the last two seasons, one of the wins coming via forfeit.

“We’re trying to change the mentality. We’ve not done a lot of winning the last couple of years and we don’t walk out there expecting to win,” Goodwin said. “At some point, they’ve got to believe not only in themselves, but their teammates.”

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