Weed High School football coach Erik Johnson is definitely the type who sees the glass half full rather than half empty.
Johnson was focused on the bright side of things after his team’s 46-12 loss to Fall River Friday night in Weed.
The Bulldogs scored 20 of their points in the first quarter when the Cougars had five starters on the bench for disciplinary purposes.
After that, with the Cougars at full strength, the score was much closer.
Johnson was pleased about Weed’s passing game, which gained 197 yards against the Bulldogs, to go with 108 yards on the ground.
“We had some great passes and great catches,” the first-year head coach said. “It looked good for a high school football game.”
Johnson admitted penalties hurt his team’s cause, and he hopes that the players who sat out the first quarter realize what it means to be a team.
Nineteen of the 26 players on the Cougar roster were in tackles, led by Travis Andrews, who had 6 solo tackles, 7 assists and a pass interception.
Cody Beam completed 13 of 20 pass attempts for 197 yards, 2 touchdowns and 3 interceptions. He also rushed for 26 yards.
Micah White caught 7 of those completions for 106 yards and a touchdown.
Liam Hagarty caught 3 for 46 yards, Brandon Ede caught 1 for a 33 yard touchdown, and Robert West caught 2 for 12 yards.
Robert Aquila led the ground game with 23 rushes for 66 yards. He was also in on 11 tackles.
“Once we get clicking we’ll be fine,”?Johnson said of the 2-2 Cougars, who are scheduled to play next at home this Friday against Los Molinos (1-2). “We’re starting to jell in many ways. We need to get some wins and get into the playoffs.”