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Bartram Path Excessive College soccer taking playoffs one play at a time – Daytona Seashore Information-Journal

ST. JOHNS — Sometime, Bartram Path working again Laython Biddle goes to make an incredible coach. 

He is already acquired the speaking factors down. 

“The extra video games we play, the extra assured we really feel, so that is simply one other factor, one other recreation and it will be the identical subsequent week,” Biddle mentioned after a playoff win over Creekside on Friday night time. “For us, it is only a recreation and we will play to win.”

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However possibly that one-game-at-a-time mentality is not simply coachspeak on the subject of this group of Bears. And possibly that game-by-game, play-by-play perception is what makes this 12 months’s group — now 12-0 with a Area 1-4S last in opposition to Bucholz on Friday up subsequent — so particular. 

Bartram Trail quarterback Riley Trujillo looks to the sideline for instruction during the team's game against Oakleaf earlier this season.

But, it hasn’t been a essentially straightforward journey to right here. The Bears trailed Flagler Palm Coast 14-0 within the first half of the group’s playoff opener, earlier than scoring 50 straight factors in a 50-20 victory. Then, on Friday, the Bears’ offense stalled for almost all of the primary half, with Bartram clinging to a 7-0 lead till cashing in on a few Creekside turnovers inside the ultimate two minutes of the second quarter. These takeaways resulted in a 21-0 halftime lead and an eventual 42-15 victory. 

Whether or not dealing with a two-touchdown gap or grinding by way of 4 straight drives that resulted in punts, coach Darrell Sutherland credited the angle Biddle spoke of for serving to information the Bears by way of. 

“That is the large factor, the blokes simply staying affected person,” Sutherland mentioned. “I really like this group. They do not begin pointing fingers or panicking, they only say, ‘Subsequent play. What do we’ve got to do that play?’ One play at a time.” 

Biddle mentioned that with every passing recreation, he continues to see enchancment and positively, there’s loads of proof to recommend that the Bears are getting even higher. 

The 2 turnovers from Creekside late within the first half are errors Bartram simply would not appear to make. Within the second recreation of the season, a 38-27 Bears win over Seabreeze, they turned the ball over 5 instances together with 4 misplaced fumbles — in comparison with six whole turnovers within the 10 video games since.

It is that form of consideration to element that units Bartram Path aside, in accordance with Creekside coach Sean McIntyre. 

“They execute on each side of the ball,” McIntyre mentioned. “They’re doing new issues on protection each single week and executing at a very excessive stage after which, clearly, they do not flip the ball over and each single play is a optimistic play for them. They execute so exceptionally properly that you simply simply should outexecute them and that is actually, actually arduous to do.” 

It takes self-discipline and focus to really embody what it takes to remain within the second. But, Bartram Path gamers and coaches know that is the value that have to be paid to remain the course. 

Biddle mentioned that all of it begins on the prime with Sutherland however credited his teammates with embracing the work and the method. 

“Our teaching is nice, our youngsters care so much — they take to studying and we simply follow,” Biddle mentioned. “We follow how we play. We grind at follow. Our coaches are nice coaches and we simply wish to win.” 

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