Anytime you go on the road to play a football game, you have to play better than perfect if you want to give yourself a chance to win. Unfortunately for the JPII Knights, Friday night was nowhere near perfect, as they fell 42-14 at Baylor.
JPII (3-2, 1-1) scored its only two touchdowns in the second half of a games that was 35-0 and never really close.
"We just didn't play well," JPII coach Justin Geisinger said. "We had trouble stopping them from a defensive stand point, and when you go up against the best league in the state, if you're not at your peak performance you will get beat. Where we are in our program, we are not in the position to make mistakes and still win. I don't think we came out ready to play and that starts with me."
Baylor led 35-0 before JPII finally struck pay dirt when quarterback Ben Nixon found Nick Pracht for a touchdown toss and the 35-7 deficit. The Knights elected to get valuable reps for younger guys starting in the fourth quarter of a running-clock football game.
Freshman quarterback Sawyer Watts found Garrett Goodwin for their first hook up of the season in varsity action. The Knights trailed 42-14 at the time of the score.
"I felt like our week of practice was not as consistent as it needed to be," Geisinger said. "I'm hoping that this is a wake-up call for us and we start stringing together a full week of good preparation. I think if you look back at our practices you will see before BA, we didn't have a good week and we lost. Against Father Ryan, we had a great week of preparation and we won. This is disappointing because we have taken a lot of strides to move forward in our program."
Things do not get any easier for the Knights, as they host Montgomery Bell Academy next Friday night for Week 6 action.
"This is a resilient group and I'm hopeful they will respond this week," Geisinger said. "I think they've seen what it takes to get a win in our league and now we try to go out and put together a great week of preparation."
Kickoff in Hendersonville is set for 7:00 p.m.