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Back to basics for Dixie State football

Back to basics for Dixie State football

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ST. GEORGE -- The Dixie State College football team goes back to the basics this week after a lopsided loss last Saturday.

The Red Storm (0-3) lost 49-14 to Humboldt State University (1-1) at home. Despite the loss, Head Coach Scott Brumfield said the Red Storm came to practice on Monday ready to improve and have focused on the little things this week as they prepare to play No. 14 Central Washington University (1-2) in Ellensburg, Wash. this Saturday.

"(The players) came in Monday morning and they were ready to work, they were positive, they wanted to see what they did wrong and what they did right," Brumfield said. "Each position group we identified things we needed to work on. It was kind of back to basics week."

Senior linebacker Keauntea Bankhead said for the second game this season DSC had more than 25 missed tackles.

"We missed a lot of tackles and gave up too many yards on the ground," Bankhead said. "We need to get back to the fundamentals of things. We got away from that, so this week we've focused on pad-level tackling, assignments and alignments."

Bankhead was one of the few bright spots on defense last week, breaking the Red Storm's record for tackles in a game with 17, but he said he would have rather had the win.

"It's always good to have some type of record," Bankhead said. "But we lost, so the loss over shined all of that."

For the second week in a row freshman quarterback Cody Stevenson showed signs of improvement going 17-32 for 225 yards with two touchdowns and one interception. He said he feels good about his performance, but still has things he needs to work on.

"I feel like I'm in a pretty good spot right now," Stevenson said. "But I still need to improve my completion percentage and cut down on the interceptions."

Stevenson said the offense needed to focus on the details this week and put up more points on offense when they play the Wildcats of CWU.

"We've been working on protections and getting the ball out of my hands quick this week," he said. "Offensively we'd like to put up more than 14 points this week against Central. We haven't scored more than 14 all year."

Brumfield said the coaching staff has preached execution and playing as a team during practices this week.

"We just stressed all this week, ‘you got to come out ready to play, you got to come out and execute and nothing more but just rely on your teammates,'" Brumfield said.

The kick-off for Saturday's game is 2 p.m. and can be heard locally on Classical 91.3 FM.

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