Football: Austin College Aftermath
Q & A with Jesse Godding
WAXAHACHIE, Texas -- Following the season-opening 28-6 loss at the hands of Austin College, the Head Coach at Southwestern Assemblies of God University, Jesse Godding, shared some afterthoughts of a winnable game gone awry.
After forcing an Austin College punt on their first series, things went south quickly. The Lions muffed the punt, giving the Kangaroos the first of three straight possessions inside the SAGU 20. The next two were caused by a fumble in the backfield and the Lions punter being tackled on his 16 after a ferocious rush by the Roos.
What followed was a quick 14-0 deficit from which Southwestern didn't recover. They had numerous opportunities, but didn't finish six drives into enemy territory.
Coach Godding took a few minutes to review the 2010 debut.
Q: Overall, what did you think of your team's performance?
Godding: As devastating as the first quarter mistakes on special teams were that put us down early, I thought we rebounded mentally fairly well. Physically, we played hard all night. We do need to become more consistent in all phases of the game.
Q: The missed chances on offense had to be discomforting. Any comment?
Godding: The disappointment was in the mental mistakes that created those missed opportunities. Everyone will make physical mistakes, but all of us need to get better mentally.
Q: When it appeared the Lions were getting back in the game, came the long drive that ended with a second-and-goal from the five yard line. What happened on the interception over the middle?
Godding: Their linebacker made a good play. And we paid dearly for it.
Q: Why were there so many low snaps to the quarterback in shotgun formation?
Godding: We have not had a problem with snaps all fall. Why we did on Saturday, I am not sure.
Q: The punter ran with the ball on fourth down from his 14 yard line and was stopped well short of the yards needed. Was that a designed play or did he do it on his own?
Godding: They brought pressure up the middle and created the situation in which he had to take off. He might have been able to get the kick off once he gained a little room but that's hindsight.
Q: The defense's performance, overall, looked pretty good, especially when you can consider the high number of players who got to play.
Godding: I thought they played well for not knowing what kind of offense they were going to run. Austin had a new staff and we had no film (on them) and very little information about what they would be doing. To hold them to 201 yards of offense and play from behind all night was a sign of good things to come for the defense this year.
Q. There were two penalties called against the defense that really hurt; a pass interference flag in the end zone and a facemask violation. What did you think?
Godding: Those were calls that referees have to make in the middle of the action and you are happy when you get them and not so happy when you don't.
Q: It was hot and physical on the field. How did the team come through the game, health-wise?
Godding: We came through very healthy. Hopefully we are getting over our (summer) camp injuries. We need to gain strength over the next couple of weeks.
Q: This Saturday night, SAGU is at Howard Payne University. What do you know about them?
Godding: They are a veteran team with a lot of speed at the offensive skill positions. They have great experience at quarterback.