CHARLOTTESVILLE — A promising beginning to Eastern Hancock’s football season has gone the other direction over the last four weeks.
After the Royals’ latest setback, 41-21 Saturday night to North Decatur on a delayed homecoming, coach Pat Echeverria assessed responsibility for his team’s skid, this after EH began 2-0. And it’s not necessarily on the players.
“Obviously, we, the coaching staff, need to do a better job trying to put our kids to be in a position to be successful,” he said. “I need to figure out what we need to do best and stick to that.”
A slow start, an inability to contain several potent Charger weapons and four turnovers — three leading to ND scores — contributed to the Royals’ defeat.
The Chargers jumped to a 21-0 lead before EH’s offense really began to get going. Two of the touchdowns were runs by Jason Kirchhoff, who ended with 174 yards and four TDs.
ND outgained the Royals 376-215 and also got a TD run and pass each by Brock Ricke as well as 100 receiving yards by John Hammersmith, 70 coming on one play.
The Royals, though, picked themselves up just before halftime and went in the locker room down only seven.