Van Horn outlasts Lathrop

By Michael Smith The Examiner
Posted: August 22, 2014 - 11:11 PM

Normally a 260-yard yard performance from their star running back and a six-point victory would be enough to make most coaches smile.
Not for Van Horn's Jeff Tolbert.
“You know what we're going to do this week in practice?” he shouted, following his team's 9-3 victory against Lathrop Friday at Truman High School. “We're going to run, we're going to run and we're going to run some more. We have to do better than that if we're going to beat the better teams on our schedule. We got lucky, but I'll take it.”
After the coach's intense speech in the post-game huddle, he addressed some of the concerns he had.
“We just didn't execute at times,” Tolbert said. “We outplayed them for about five plays and they out played us on all the rest. We got lucky. They fumbled when they were almost to the end zone and one guy dropped a touchdown pass. We need to shore up the missed assignments.”
Another problematic area for the Falcons was penalties. The team committed 11 of them and three other possible ones were declined by the Mules.
“We had too many mistakes,” senior running back J.J. Rivers said, whose 260 yards on 22 carries led the offense. “All those penalties are mental mistakes. We just need to stay focus and prove we can get better at that.”
Although Rivers had two fumbles in the game, his athleticism and pure skilled shined through as he made the two biggest plays of the game. The Falcons had a second-and-32 on their own 9. Rivers took a left sweep, juked one tackler, shed another and outran the Lathrop defense along the left sideline for a 91-yard touchdown scamper, putting the Falcons ahead 7-0 with 33.2 seconds let in the first half.
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