It’s been a rough start to the season for the Sleepy Eye Indians football team.
It’s been a rough start to the season for the Sleepy Eye Indians football team. After a blowout loss in week one, the Indians were hoping to bounce back against a tough New Ulm Cathedral team.
The Greyhounds wanted nothing to do with a close game as they exploded for 41 first half points and cruised to a 48-0 win.
After a defensive stop early, the floodgates opened for the Greyhounds.
Bryan Kokesch got the scoring started with a 30-yard touchdown run to take the early lead. Michael Skillings followed that score on the next possession with a 20-yard run of his own, and the Greyhounds were off and running.
Skillings ran for 116 yards in just the first half and had three touchdowns as well for the Greyhounds.
Even with the rough start to the season, the Indians know they have to look forward and not dwell on these games.
“Our coaching staff is always telling us to look forward,” Indians lineman Jesus Montemayor said. “If we have a bad game, move on and learn from our mistakes. We move on and focus on the next game. Our encouragement from our coaches helps us stay positive as a team.”
The schedule doesn’t get much easier for the Indians, who will take to the road for the next two weeks. Their next game will be against crosstown rival St. Mary’s, who just came off a thrilling win over Springfield on the road. After the matchup with the Knights, the Indians will head to Springfield to take on the Tigers.
Montemayor and the rest of the Indians know that they need to get better as the season goes.
“Offensively, we need to hold our blocks on the line and help our running backs get to where they need to go,” Montemayor said. “Defensively, we need to be tougher. If a team has a touchdown play, we see it as a defeat right away. We need to keep our heads up and keep playing. If we fix those things, we could be a better team.”
The Indians and Knights will face off in this year’s edition of the crosstown rivalry on Sept. 4 at St. Mary’s.