Budde was reminded of that Saturday as he reviewed his team’s performance in a 34-6 victory over Johns Creek from the previous night.
“You go out there and it looks like you played this great football game, but yet you see places where you can improve,” Budde said. “Some games, you go out and think that you played the worst football game, but when you look at it, if you just made one or two more plays, it wouldn’t have been as bad.”
Budde said he saw a lot of things Woodstock did right in its victory, but also plenty of things that can be improved. Some of the improvements, he knows, will come with time.
The Wolverines implemented major changes after finishing the 2012 season with a 3-7 record. While any coach wants to believe in his players, and that the changes that were made will make the team better, Budde admitted that he was able to breathe a bit easier after beating Johns Creek.
“You get one underneath your belt and that relaxes the kids and shows them that their hard work pays off,” he said. “It shows that what we are doing will work if we are doing it right. It’s just positive feedback to the players and the coaches for the hard work that they have been putting in and the systems that have been installed. We can continue building on that.”
The spread offense certainly seemed to work for the Wolverines, who tallied nearly 400 yards of total offense. Woodstock players ran for just over 200 yards, while quarterbacks Justin Agner and Alex Motsinger combined for 175 passing yards. Six different players caught passes, with Brendan Carroll bringing in a pass for a touchdown in his first varsity game.
“I think it had a big impact,” Budde said of the changes to the offense. “If I didn’t think it was going to have a big impact, we wouldn’t have switched. (Johns Creek) had fewer people in to stop the run and I believe that our fast-tempo pace helped. They had kids who were playing both ways and they were so tired that they couldn’t get lined up. Yet, we were back on the ball running the next play. We just spread the field and made them defense the whole field. It really gave us a balanced attack.”
Budde said Woodstock will work to continue to increase the tempo, and without making costly mistakes. He would also like to see his quarterbacks be more patient in the pocket, and the defensive secondary provide better coverage against deep passes.
“It’s all what we knew (Friday) night,” Budde said. “The film (Saturday) just kind of let us see them again.”
The Wolverines saw Agner, their starting quarterback, go down with a leg injury during their first series, but Budde expects him to be back in the pocket next week at Harrison. Tight end Nick Cable will continue to play left tackle for another week as the starter at that position is expected to be out for another week following a dislocated knee cap.
Woodstock’s trip to Harrison will be one of four games involving local teams, as the season opens in earnest. Creekview will host Cherokee, as will Sequoyah against River Ridge. Etowah will travel to face Lambert and former longtime Sequoyah coach Sid Maxwell.