LEWISTON, ID - The Bengals lost its homecoming game last Friday in heartbreaking fashion to Shadle Park out of Spokane. You saw the good, the bad, and the ugly in this game. I sat down with Lewiston coach Matt Pancheri to discuss everything LHS Homecoming 2019.
Shadle Park came out of the blocks strong and fast, taking a 21-7 halftime lead, play speed was one thing Pancheri preached the Bengals didn't do well enough in this game.
"We played really really slow it was hard for us to get started in the game," Pancheri said. "Shadle Park had a lot of good athletes and players and we didn't match their intensity."
Lewiston was down 21-7 at halftime to Shadle Park, when asked what was said in the locker room Pancheri just said he wanted his team to limit mistakes and play with more intensity.
"We discussed making mistakes, we had a pick for a short field and they scored off that, they scored off of a fumble as well," Pancheri explained. "We were having a hard time adjusting to the speed of the game, but that was the main thing we had to fix to come back."
Lewiston would come out of the locker room and play fast. The Bengals scored 14 unanswered to narrow the score down to just seven points. Unfortunately, a fumble at the Shadle Park goal line ended the hopes of overtime for the Bengals. Pancheri said the team united after that - they were just trying to lift Michael Bramlett up after the fumble.
"You know, stuff happens," Pancheri stated. "That loss certainly wasn't on Bramlett, there were a million other things that could've gone differently that we could've controlled." He added.
Bramlett is going to be receiving surgery on Tuesday to repair his shoulder that he had hurt before the season began. He will be out for the rest of the season.
One player in particular that stood out in this game was Junior quarterback Kash Lang. Lang started the game off really cold but found his stride in the second half. He led two touchdown drives, both drives he looked cool as a cucumber leading his team down the field. Lang's calmness is something that sticks out to his head coach.
"He's just so calm all the time," Pancheri said. "I'm really happy with his progression so far, seeing him so calm in a situation like that does wonders for me as a coach."
Pancheri's confidence in his team is unwavering, he still had nothing but positive words to say about his team heading into next week.
"I'm really proud of these guys," Pancheri said. "We did everything we could to give ourselves a chance, and sometimes it doesn't go your way and that sucks."
Lewiston hits the road next week to take on Wenatchee a team that Pancheri sees a lot of similarities to Shadle Park.
"They run the read option good, and they have some big boys upfront," he said. "Kinda reminds me of Shadle Park to be honest with you."
When asked what has to change with Lewiston's playing style this week, it came back to play speed.
"We need to play faster and open up," Pancheri explained. "We need to play with an extreme intensity I think it took us a quarter and a half to get off the bus last week."
As far as what the playing style is going to be, it goes back to Lewiston roots. Running the ball, as well as utilizing its quarterback.
"It goes back to running the ball," Pancheri said. "But I also think we need to let Kash play a little more and let our guy throw the football."