The Skyhawk football team will have to put last weekend’s loss behind them as they focus on their next opponent, the Bethel Wildcats
The Skyhawks, who dropped their week one game to Ole Miss 76-3, are coming off of their worst loss since 2000 when Western Kentucky defeated UTM 71-0.
After the game, UTM head coach Jason Simpson was very disappointed with his team’s performance, especially his team’s defense, who gave up 662 yards of total offense.
After taking some time to look at game film from Saturday’s loss and practicing with his team, Coach Simpson addressed at his Monday press conference that he is still confident about his football team.
“I still think we have a solid chance to be a good football team, regardless of the outcome of [the Ole Miss] football game. [Ole Miss] is a top-ten football team in the country.”
Coach Simpson also appreciated the fact that he thought his team played hard throughout the entire game.
“Believe it or not, the score doesn’t indicate it but there were some positives out of that game. That lets me know that we were correct in this evaluation and putting guys in the right place, now we got to get better results out of it. Glad to play here on Thursday night here at home and get this bad feeling and taste out of our mouths.”
Now the Skyhawks will turn their attention towards their next matchup against the Bethel Wildcats (1-0).
Despite the fact that the two schools are separated by less than 30 miles. This will be the first matchup between the two school since 1995. In that previous meeting between the two schools, the Skyhawks broke several school records, including one which still stands today: Most points scored in a game (UTM won 97-7).
Bethel is coming off a bye week after defeating their week one opponent, Missouri Baptist, 48-7. In that game, the Wildcats tallied 529 yards of total offense and 362 rushing yards. Bethel is led by fourth year head coach Chris Elliott, who has a 17-19 record.
UTM will face Bethel Thursday night at 6:30 p.m. at Hardy M. Graham Stadium.