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Wartburg shows improvement in loss to Tellico Plains

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Kevin Human pleased with progress since the spring

By Taylor Crombie

The Wartburg Bulldogs showed just how far they have come since last season last week against Tellico Plains.

They held the Bears to a single score in the 1-0 loss on Thursday night which, while not as satisfying as a win, was a major improvement over the 45-14 loss Tellico Plains handed to the them last season.

Head coach Kevin Human is the first to admit that there are still many areas that need work, but can see things beginning to come together.

“Defensively, we’ve got to make sure that we’re not giving up the deep ball,” he said.

“We’ve got to make sure that we’re not letting receivers get behind us and I think we’re doing a whole lot better job on that than we have in quite a while.”

On offense, we would like to see the offensive line play a little more aggressively and the quarterbacks make quicker and smarter decisions with the ball, like running it instead of throwing into double or triple coverage.

While Human was happy with the progress on the field, he was most impressed with the way his players conducted themselves on the long drive south.

“From the time we left Wartburg Central High School to the time we got here, you could hear a pin drop on our bus,” he said.

“Normally as a football coach, you’re looking to hear that out of your kids because you know that their minds are probably where they need to be; they’re probably more focused. Just the way the kids carried themselves, you could tell when they got here that they were ready to play some football.”

The change in mindset between this year and last year has already had a huge impact on the outcomes for the Bulldogs, and positive outings like Thursday evening only help more

“Seeing our guys come down here and compete and only get beat by one score, I’m just happy to see the improvements that these guys have made,” Human said.

Even with all the improvement the Bulldogs have made in the offseason, there is always room for more in Human’s eyes.

“I’m never satisfied,” he said. “If I ever do get satisfied, I’m going home.”