Huskies more concerned with finish

By Matt Nestor
Sports Columnist

Two straight years, the Harlem Huskies finished in second place in the NIC-10.

With several key contributors back from last year’s team, it was a tough pill to swallow being not only beat, but shut out by a Hononegah team they have handled with ease the last two years.

But the saving grace for Harlem is there were a lot of self-inflicted wounds against the Indians, and they hope to be the better for it.

“Not to take anything away from Hononegah, but we really beat ourselves last week up there at their place in a big environment,” Harlem coach Jim Morrow said. “We looked like the Packers on Monday Night Football against the Bears against a hostile rival.”

Morrow was referencing nine first-half penalties against the Huskies, as well as a third-quarter penalty that wiped out a potential 84-yard touchdown run by Keith Purifoy.

While Harlem has been close to conference glory the last two years, they have fizzled out come playoff time, with two straight first-round exits that looked similar to the Hononegah game, with costly penalties and untimely turnovers.

Morrow hopes a game like that in the middle of the season, something past teams have not suffered from, will help this team make a deep playoff run when things get tight.

“We talked about it, and we learned from it,” he said. “If we can walk away from that loss, and we’ve learned something, it’s OK. If it helps us win week 10, week 11 (in the playoffs), then we’re the better for it. If we don’t take anything from that loss and keep coming out and doing the same things wrong, then it was a waste.”

From the Oct. 6-12, 2010 issue

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