Failing to finish
East Rutherford head coach Clint Bland said it all when asked about his Cavaliers dramatic 43-42 loss to North Gaston Friday night: "When you score 42 points in a football game you're supposed to win."
Bu the Cavaliers didn't win despite have a 14-point lead with three minutes left in the game.
North Gaston scored quickly, recovered and onside kick, scored in less than 30 seconds and converted a two-point play for the 43-42 win.
"We just didn't finish," Bland said. "We played a great three quarters and nine minutes and just stopped playing."
Despite the 42 points and 468 yards of total offense, Bland wishes this was a game he could erase from his memory and the record books.
"It just got ugly and I told the kids that it was one of the most embarrassing losses I've been a part of as a head coach or as an assistant," Bland said. "In all the years I've been coaching I'd rather lose 40-0 than give it up in the last three minutes like we did."
No one moment stood out as the turning point, it was all about simple execution.
"We just didn't execute and couldn't tackle to guy with the ball. A lot of things happened so I can't point blame at any one person," Bland said. "It's definitely not going to get any easier from here on out. We should have won that game."
Now as the Cavs (0-2) try to move past the loss and prepare for their matchup at Tuscola this Friday night, Bland wants the taste of such a defeat to linger with his players enough to motivate them.
"It's heartbreak, it's disgusting and I feel like I could just about throw up thinking about it now," Bland said. "I told the kids after the game that if this doesn't hurt you than you need to quit. You want them to think about that game so it won't happen again."