Wildfires take optimistic approach after suffering 18-6 loss to San JuanBy: Journal sports staff
Two late turnovers cost the Foresthill Wildfires big time on Friday night.
But coach Jim Herlehy thinks his team’s 18-6 loss at San Juan might be beneficial in the long run.
“As strange as it seems, we feel it might have been better to have a setback at this stage,” the coach said. “It doesn’t affect our league standings. The kids are angry and focused. They’ll be angry come Saturday night.”
The Wildfires (1-1) start Sacramento Metro Athletic League play on Saturday when they face Valley Christian at Highlands High School at 7 p.m.
Herlehy said the Wildfires were disappointed to lose Friday night, as they thought they had the momentum late in the game.
Foresthill trailed 6-0 at half, but evened the scored on a 10-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Tommy Sawyer to Matt O’Brien (three catches, 30 yards).
But Foresthill wound up turning the ball over twice with fewer than four minutes remaining in regulation and San Juan capitalized with two late scores.
“Our offense had been struggling, we made too many mistakes,” Herlehy said.
Rocky Thompson led the Wildfires in rushing yards with 62 yards. Running back Wes Archbold sat out because of a bad ankle and could be back in time for league play, Herlehy said.
Defensively, Nick Lillie and Kevin Heater were solid for Foresthill.