In the meantime, Pebblebrook is at Mountain View tonight in a game they could win. However, the effort on the field needs to be better, according to Macon, if the Falcons hope to take home the victory.
“I thought we got ‘outhustled’ last week against Southwest DeKalb,” Macon said. “We have some young kids on the roster, and just a few of them have varsity level experience. They mostly played junior varsity last year.
“We had a good understanding going into that game, but the results showed differently. It’s a situation where we need to talk to the kids about what it takes to win and teach them how to win.”
To that end, Macon and his staff have focused a lot on keeping the excitement and intensity up in practice in hopes that it translates onto the field tonight against the Bears.
“I thought our offense and defense played well against Southwest DeKalb,” Macon said. “Except, I
didn’t see the intensity level that I thought we needed to win.
“So, that’s what we’ve been focusing on this week during practice. We’re trying to coach up intensity and help these guys learn what it takes to win. We also need to improve our linebacking play and get better at tackling from that position.”
Tackling will be critical component against a Mountain View team that likes to run the option.
“They like to run the fullback a lot,” Macon said. “We’ll have to play well up front and play assignment football. Guys will need to fill the gaps quickly to beat them to the holes and keep them from busting through for large chunks of yardage.”
Offensively, Pebblebrook will run a spread and pro-style type offense out of the I-formation to try and achieve the balance it was missing in last week’s game against the Panthers.
The Falcons, a team comprised of mainly former junior varsity sophomores and juniors that are learning a new system under Macon, return only two starters on offense and four on defense from last year.
The offense will have to move the ball well to build its confidence. A lot of Pebblebrook’s success will come from its ground game, but the Falcons’ passing game must work well to give the running game time to develop.
“(Mountain View’s) defense is pretty good, too,” Macon said. “We throw the ball quite a bit and we’ll need to utilize that throughout the game to neutralize their defense.
“I don’t think we blocked well against Southwest DeKalb. (Running back) Perry (Seldon) can run well if we give him some blocking, and I thought our quarterback (Dezmund Huntley) did as well as he could for a first-year starter.
“We have to learn how to play. These guys have a game under their belt now, so there are no more excuses.”