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After dispatching their first two opponents by a combined score of 84-6, the Sedona Red Rock Scorpions football players were feeling pretty good about themselves — despite dire warnings from their coach, Rick Walsworth, that it was all just a house of cards ready to collapse at any moment.


Justice Keane, No. 10, runs after intercepting a pass while teammate Brian Nguyen, No. 44, looks to make a block in the Scorpions game against Page on Friday, Sept. 13 in Sedona.“We’ve got to get better at executing our base plays and making sure we’re blocking the guys we’re supposed to be blocking,” Walsworth said after his team’s seemingly easy 49-0 victory over Piňon.


And just like you never want to admit that your parents are right, even though they usually are, Walsworth’s concerns proved to be prophetic in the Scorpions’ 34-7 loss to the Page Sand Devils on Sedona’s home field Friday, Sept. 13.


“I think we thought we were pretty good, and Friday night showed us differently,” Walsworth said. “We’ve just been going through the motions the last few weeks in practice.”


The lone highlight for Sedona in Friday night’s loss was a 75-yard punt return for touchdown by junior Andre Davis in the first half, a feat Davis had performed twice the week before against Piňon.


The Scorpions possess players with tremendous speed, such as Davis and junior Brian Nguyen, that if they happen to get into the open field can be very dangerous.


But the problem, as Walsworth sees it, is closer to the line of scrimmage.


“We’ve got some things we’re not doing blocking-wise,” Walsworth said. “We had a lot of problems with pass protection.


“We’ve still got guys who are not doing what they’re supposed to be doing, it’s a myriad of things,” he continued. “We’ve got to get 11 guys all working on the same page every play, and right now we’ve got about eight or nine working on the same page every play, and it might be a different eight or nine every play.”

For the full story, please see the Wednesday, Sept. 18, issue of the Sedona Red Rock News.


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  • Jason Novack

    “I think we thought we were pretty good, and Friday night showed us differently,” Walsworth said. “We’ve just been going through the motions the last few weeks in practice.” Sounds like a problem the coach didn't handle.

  • A parent

    In reply to: Jason Novack

    The coach is a good coach. Don't knock him because a game was lost. He's handling things just fine, you'll see!

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