By Matt Noonan
Fixing mental errors in football is never an easy task.
Following Nichols College’ most excruciating loss of the season to Endicott College, second year head coach Kevin Loney knew his team needed to focus on correcting their mistakes.
On Tuesday, Loney explained in a phone interview with Noontime Sports what his players were able to decipher from their film session following that particular game, and how it changed their mentality heading into last weekend’s contest against UMass Dartmouth.
“As we watch all these games, we [realize] it’s a matter of just executing and a lot of it is execution. And when you play against Endicott you cannot make a mistake because they’re going to capitalize because they’re so talented,” stated the Bison head coach.
Executing assignments properly is something Loney preaches to his players every day. And against the Corsairs on Saturday, the Bison executed enough to earn their first win of the season, as well as snap their 17-game losing streak, too.
“What we saw Saturday was a group of kids, who decided [they were] going to trust their technique and take advantage of opportunities, and I thought [our quarterback Pat Viencek] played very well. It was great for him to have some success,” exclaimed Loney.
“The o-line did a phenomenal job and that was for us a start and step in the right direction.”
Nichols College has three games remaining before the season concludes, and after their uplifting victory this past weekend, Loney hopes his squad can continue to execute, especially against Curry College, MIT and Salve Regina.
“[They] are going to be three completely different challenges, [but we’re going to try] and play our best football,” explained Loney.
“I think we had 114 yards of penalty yards last year against Curry and that’s called self-destruction, so can we fix that and come out of the game and against Endicott we had one penalty, which is the best we’ve ever been, so can we get to that point against Curry and not give them extra plays because you’ve got to get those guys off the field on offense and their defense is no slouch either.
“[Our focus for the next three weeks is] to take care of the football, which has been a big issue for us this year, protect the ball and make plays when the opportunity presents itself.”
Video courtesy of the Nichols College Bison YouTube page.