In learning to be successful, you can’t rest on laurels after a big win. That might have been a big lesson learned for the Lee football team last week.
The Ganders opened with a dominant 55-6 win over Westbury and promptly went on the road and dropped a 34-27 decision to Splendora. Lee head football coach Tim Finn said the team is in the process of finding out who to move forward after enjoying some success.
“We have had plenty of experience in reacting to a loss,” he said. “Now we need to learn to prepare for games after a win.”
Finn said the loss was a matter of not being focused in the week of practice leading up to the game. There was a lack of energy and commitment that bled over into the loss. The Gander offense was able to move the ball, racking up more than 500 yards but only managing four touchdowns. Lee was in the red zone a total of eight times but only cashed in half of the time.
“It was a series of missed opportunities both offensively and defensively,” he said. “We would miss a tackle or not get lined up right.
“We have to carry what we practice and follow through on game night.”
The Ganders will face a challenge in Galena Park, which is off to a 2-0 start. The Yellowjackets opened with a one-sided win over Pasadena High and followed up with an eye-opening win over Dayton. The Galena Park defense has been especially impressive early in the season, holding the Eagles to -24 yards. It followed by holding a strong Dayton offense in check, limiting the Broncos to 220 yards and seven points.
“They are 2-0 and will be a great challenge for us,” Finn said. “They have some talented players on offense. They also have some pretty good linebackers. They are aggressive and not afraid to hit you.”
The Yellowjackets will line up in the spread and have a quarterback that is quick and makes good decisions. He is not afraid to thread the needle and have a receiver that is quick and a deep threat. Defensively, the linebackers have a stout line to keep the pressure off.
Both teams have dominated Pasadena High, Lee in a scrimmage and Galena Park in a game. It will be an interesting contest to see Lee offense take on the Yellowjacket defense. For the Ganders, it will be an opportunity to move forward in the last non-district contest leading into a bye week.
“We are excited to get on the field and correct the mistakes we made from the previous week,” Finn said. “We have a lot of kids playing and we need them to get better each week.”
The game is at 7 p.m. at Galena Park ISD Stadium located at 15025 Wallisville Road in Houston.