As Smyrna High School Head Coach Clay Lloyd walked off the Sussex Central High School football field Oct. 26, he struggled to find any takeaway from the game his team had just played.
The Eagles (3-5, 0-4) were blown out by the Golden Knights (6-2, 4-1), 35-0, in a game that saw the home squad push the point differential into running-clock territory midway through the third quarter.
"There aren't a lot of positives from tonight," Lloyd said, immediately following the game. "Sussex Central played a very good game, we did not. I think the biggest thing that hurts is we had a great effort and attitude last week against a tough CR team, and we didn't respond that way this week."
The Smyrna coach said he constantly warns his players of the potential of a blowout like this happening, and that he wants to make sure his players are always guarded from letting it happen. That, however, did not happen against Central.
With two games remaining, Lloyd said he'd like to see his team get back on track and pick up two wins to finish the season at .500.
"The good thing is we get to play two more football games, so we get two more opportunities to figure out what we want to do as a team, and hopefully we get it going in the next two weeks," he said.
Lloyd said he and his players felt the preparation for the Central game was good and that the game plan should have been a road map to success. However, the coach added, the execution was lacking and that's why the result ended up the way it did.
"In any type of competition, you know, two fighters train," he said. "One guy executes and one guy doesn't. So we just have to execute the things that we are capable of doing and that's what we're trying to do. But right now, we're not, and that's how you get 35-0."
The Eagles will get a chance to reverse fortunes when they host Milford High School (3-5, 0-5) at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Nov. 2.