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Coyotes Come Out Strong but Struggle to Hold off Urbana

Clarksburg Head Coach Bob Plante understands the importance of winning, but like all good coaches, he embraces the lessons learned from losing. “This was something to build on,” said Plante. “I am proud of the kids. We have a long, long way to go but there is light in the tunnel, and we are getting better and learning.”

His Coyotes came out strong in their home opener on Friday night but ultimately lost 20-13 to the Urbana Hawks. Plante and the Coyotes had a game plan and hoped to follow through on it. Plante and his team made some alignment adjustments in practice this week as they prepared for Urbana. The coaching staff wanted a more balanced offensive approach.

“The game plan was to load the box with our run sets,” said Plante. “We ran the ball more this week. We tried to have a more balanced attack.”

And the plan seemed to be working early on, while the Coyotes were putting up points, junior quarterback Joey Perkins was pounding the Hawks, and the Clarksburg defense was coming up with stops or turnovers. Senior Justice Williams had his second interception in as many weeks. The tough defense led to Urbana settling for a field goal late in the first. But Urbana had scored first, 3-0 after one-quarter of play.

In the second quarter, Perkins would find senior running back Elijah Maith on a pass to keep the Clarksburg drive alive and set up the Coyotes first touchdown. Perkins would run the ball into the endzone to give Clarksburg a 7-3 lead with 6:04 remaining in the first half.

Clarksburg junior Ben Spiess would come up with a big tackle to get the ball back in Perkins' hands. The senior QB would find the endzone again. Again set up by a pass, this time to sophomore Casey McKinney, who moved the ball down to the one-yard line. Perkins would pound it into the endzone to give the ‘Yotes a 13-3 lead at halftime. The point after attempt hit the upright.