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ST. GEORGE -- Dixie State College (0-4) goes into their bye week with some fundamentals to work on, but most importantly with optimism looking forward to the second half of the season.
Head Coach Scott Brumfield said his team has bounced back from tough losses this year and the players continue to have good attitudes and a hard working mentality.
"They're pretty resilient," Brumfield said. "I was worried about them last week after the Humboldt State game and they came ready to work and were very disciplined. We talked to them after the game and it's kind of a new season for us. (The bye week) is a breath of fresh air and we are going to heal up physically and also mentally and get back on track of where we want to be as a team."
Brumfield said despite the three week stretch of games against two very physical teams the Red Storm only have minor football injuries and nothing that has ended a player's season.
"We came out healthy, but we're beat up physically and also mentally too," he said. "It's tough for a young team to play two teams in a three-week span that are very good teams. It's tough not only physically but mentally. They're due for a break and the bye week came at a good time."
Senior defensive lineman Nick Rocco said the week off will be important to the team's health, but also a chance to put the first four games behind them and look ahead to the rest of the season.
"The bye week is going to be important to rest up," Rocco said. "We have a couple injuries that we're trying to get back and get healthy. Coach Brumfield told us it's a new season that is starting and that's how we all have to take it. We are 0-4, but we need to win every game from here on out, so that's the way we're looking at it. We're starting over, getting healthy again, and we're going to come out ready to go."
Brumfield said the coaches will begin preparing for their next game, but he has given the players a few days off to work on school assignments and to have a chance to see their families.
"Coaching-wise we'll start preparing this week," he said. "Player-wise we came in (Tuesday) to do some running and some stretching and some weight lifting just to get the kinks and knots out. Then we'll go out Wednesday and work on some basic fundamentals of football that we think we need to improve on. Then we'll give them a few days off to catch up on school and see family."
Brumfield said a few of the things they needed to work on was tackling on defense and a little bit of everything on offense.
"Defensively we're still going to work on tackling," Brumfield said. "It's something that has plagued us all season long. Defensively that's our biggest thing as well as just our basic alignments. Offensively, ball control, blocking, throwing, catching- all the basic fundamentals."
Junior running back, Jesse Ence said the offense's problems come from a lack of self-esteem.
"It's a lack of confidence in ourselves," Ence said. "We have a lot of guys that are really good athletes, but don't recognize how good we really are. We try to be humble and everything so it's hard to have that swagger we need to have on offense to be able to put up 60 points in a game."
Ence said he is looking forward to the bye week and thinks it will help the team focus on the little things to finish the season.
"I'm really looking forward to refining the little things," Ence said. "I think our coaches are going to hit big on doing the small things. I think it'll be more of a mental thing and focusing our resources on the little things that we need to fix so that we can come out with a win for the rest of our games."
Dixie State's next game is Oct. 2 against Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, British Columbia.