EAST ST. LOUIS — After seeing his team lose 68-0 to the East St. Louis Flyers on Friday at Clyde C. Jordan Stadium, Granite City coach Carl Luehmann is already looking forward to next week’s game against the Collinsville Kahoks.
“We’re going to be positive and we’re thinking about Collinsville already,” Luehmann said.
The Warriors dropped to 2-2 overall and 0-2 in Southwestern Conference play with Friday’s loss to the Flyers. Granite City lost its second straight game after getting wins over Jersey and Riverview Gardens in its first two games.
“We’ve already forgot about this game (against East St. Louis),” Luehmann said.
Last week, Granite City lost to Belleville East 44-7 in its conference opener at home. On Friday, the Warriors trailed 44-0 to East St. Louis at halftime.
The Flyers scored on the opening drive of the game, when Jeff Thomas caught a 27-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Reyondus Estes with just 20 seconds into the first quarter that gave East St. Louis a 6-0 lead. Thomas finished with three touchdowns, all of them were in the first half.
The Warriors had possession in East St. Louis’ territory twice in the first quarter, but didn’t score.
“We had a couple of scoring opportunities,” Luehmann said. “We get a holding penalty. We get an illegal procedure penalty which stalls the drive. We have to be better disciplined than that.”
Senior Ron Allen had an interception, junior Earl Green had six tackles and junior Brandon Bettag finished with five tackles for the Warriors, who haven’t beaten East St. Louis in 15 years.
Granite City will look to get back over the .500 mark next week when it plays the Kahoks at home. Collinsville dropped to 0-4 with a 43-7 loss to Belleville West on Friday.
“They’ll come to practice Monday,” Luehmann said. “We’ve got a home game next week and we’ve got a chance to go 3-2 next week. So that’s what we’re thinking about.”
Last year, the Kahoks beat the Warriors 28-27 for their only victory.
The Flyers improved to 3-1 overall and 2-0 in conference play with Friday’s win over the Warriors. They have outscored their opponents 124-0 in their two conference games. East St. Louis beat Alton 56-0 in its league opener last week.
A year ago, East St. Louis finished 7-5 after losing its first three games and qualified for the state playoffs. Thomas and Estes are among the top returning players from last year’s team.