Despite the week leading up to the game being a little odd, not having our own field to practice or play on, we could not have been more excited to be playing our programs first ever playoff game.
We knew that Benson would be a massive challenge, we could see on the film they executed their offense and defense very well and that we would have to play almost perfectly in order to compete. There are no bad teams in the playoffs, so we prepared for the event.
Game day was great, exciting and full of nervous energy. Ready to see how we stacked up.
Game started great. Got a holding penalty on their kick return, a huge tackle for a loss by Nisa Maafu to put them deep into their own territory. The next play they broke it off for a 80+ yard touchdown run. The first quarter was competitive and close, only 14-0 at the end of the 1st. the second quarter and beyond were not so great
Zach Jackson had 2 TDs through the air and Marco Vuletic had an 84yrd Kick off return for a TD but thats all the scoring we could get. The exploited our weaknesses well and gave us more than we could handle, a great learning experience for sure.
We had an up close and personal account to now know what it takes to play and win in the playoffs. We were there, it was great but we arent finished yet.