Key Factors in Loss:
The Timberview special teams unit struggled, giving up one TD and allowing a nice return on another. As if giving up a TD isn't bad enough, they gave Buford good field position.
They allowed Buford to rush for 253 yards and 6 TDs. If they can't control an opponents rushing attack, the defense will get worn down and they will also lose the time of possession battle. 3)Ball Security
Timberview threw three interceptions at keys moments in the game. They also fumbled 3 times. They did not lose any of the fumbles but it is a problem that needs addressed or the score of the next game may look similar to this one.
Reasons For Optimism
The first game provides a benchmark for teams to see what a team needs to work on. Film is watched, adjustments are made and the teams proceeds accordingly. Timberview did not play so poorly that they have to go back to the drawing board, they just need to to tweak a few glitches. Luckily for Timberview, this loss will not effect their standing or their run at the playoffs.
Lastly, after making the playoffs the last two seasons, Timberview drops from 5A to 4A; should be a much easier rode to hoe. The loss to Buford (a smaller school) has shown them that they can not take anyone for granted. The loss had its benefits.
Timberview is a better team than the score of their first game would indicate. They possess a potent passing attack led by big time play making WRs Sharman Brown and Aaron Burks. Also remember RB Eric Stephens will break out, he is the states leading returning rusher. The sleeping giant will wake.