Bandon’s football team hit a big bump in its road to a possible playoff berth last week when the Tigers were shut out by Reedsport.
The Tigers hope the 46-0 loss was only a hiccup, and one that the team can put in his rear-view mirror with two league game to go. Bandon is at winless Myrtle Point on Friday and finishes the season at league-leading Gold Beach.
Reedsport dominated Bandon’s homecoming game from the start, grinding the clock with drives and also forcing four turnovers.
The Tigers said a big issue Friday was the team’s preparation earlier in the week, including a number of players missing the first day of practice.
It’s a lesson that’s not lost on the young Tigers.
“We’re not gonna prepare like that again,” freshman fullback Jack Davis said. “It’s gonna be different.”
The Tigers have kept the postseason as a focus, aiming at that season goal for the team’s seniors: Twins Donavin and Darian Phommaphat and Brennan Boston. Darian Phommaphat is injured, but still very much part of the team.
To finish strong, Bandon will need better offense. The Tigers had just four first down against Reedsport.
Quarterback Braydon Freitag completed just 5 of 24 passes and threw three interceptions and was sacked a number of times. Bandon also lost a fumble.
A win Friday is vital to Bandon’s playoff hopes, not to mention keeping alive the possibility of sharing the league title if the Tigers can beat Gold Beach in the league finale.
In Class 2A, each of the six leagues advance two teams of the playoffs, with the other four spots going to the highest ranked teams that don’t finish in the top two of their leagues.
Entering the week, Bandon was ranked 14th in Class 2A, but also just outside the cut for the playoffs, since two lower-ranked teams would be automatic qualifiers.