September 9, 2013

Cobble: 'Inexperience' contributed to Fightin' Chicks loss

Adam Troxtell
The Express-Star


The Fightin' Chicks are busy looking at no one else but themselves after their opening defeat to Anadarko last Friday.

The way the game played out showed mistakes were made by both players and coaches during the 73-14 loss, head coach Tom Cobble said, and the week will be spent rectifying those ahead of a 2013 home debut for the team.

"There were some obvious miscues made in the scheme of the game," Cobble said. "The Anadarko offense is set up to really attack your defensive ends. We probably could have made a few more adjustments."

It was evident Chickasha had trouble containing R.J. Sink, Anadarko's highly rated running back that put up 120 yards on 14 attempts and two touchdowns. Much of the difficulties come from a lack of experience on Chickasha's defense, Cobble said.

"In about a month I'd like to play them again," Cobble said. "We had a lot of inexperienced players up against a good Anadarko team. Also, we got a little excited after our scrimmage with Clinton and how well we did. It don't know if we handled it as well as we could have as a team."

While it may sometimes be difficult to find bright spots in such a big loss, there were some positive things to take away for Chickasha that they can build on heading into their first home game of the season against El Reno this Friday. Lindbergh Carey put in a good performance at wide receiver and linebacker, coming away with five catches for 150 yards and a touchdown while also taking part in four tackles. 

"Lindbergh had a great summer working and lifting," Cobble said. "Last year he played a big, but this year he's really become bona fide starter."

Carey and Evan Copeland, who came away with six tackles on the night, are still new to their linebacker positions after switching there late in the offseason. 

Senior Cade Morris also had a fine night at quarterback, going 13-21 for 187 yards and a passing touchdown. Morris later ran in a touchdown himself on one of his 18 carries for 25 yards. Josh Latham led the team in rushing with 42 yards.

"Maybe it was first game jitters," Cobble said. "But, in situations like this you don't really change things. You get in practice and fix the problems you have."