After a very short night on less than two hours of sleep, East Liverpool Potter head football coach Rick Prescott was on the job Saturday morning following the Potters 52-0 loss to Wheeling Park at Wheeling Island Stadium on Friday night.
"I didn't fall asleep until 4:15, and I was up at 5:30. It was a long night of watching film," said Prescott Saturday morning. "I watched the DVD twice. We have to get things fixed. There's still four weeks of football left. We are going to continue to work and try to get better."
One thing is certain; they won't be facing another team of the caliber of Wheeling Park anytime soon.
"Park can come at you from so many avenues," said Prescott. "They can run, they can throw, and their kicker is a weapon also."
Park's kicker Liam Casey accounted for 10 points, seven coming via PATs and three more on a 37-yard field goal that had room to spare.
His kickoffs also bothered the Potters as they dropped two of them out of bounds inside their own 20 and had one touchback.
"It's time for us to move on and get ready for Vincent Warren," Prescott said. "We try to use film as a tool for the learning experience. This is a game for us to just forget, after we correct some mistakes."
A number of local teams are using a program called Hudl. By subscribing to this service, teams are able exchange game films via the internet. This means that those early morning drives to a fast-food restaurant to meet up with the opposing team's coach are becoming a thing of the past.
"If we didn't have a program like this, Eric McMahon and I would probably still be on the road coming back from Cambridge, or someplace close to there, after making the exchange," said the Potter head coach. "With this program, we had Vincent Warren Local's last three games by six o'clock this morning."
Vincent Warren Local will be the Potters' final home opponent of the 2013 season. They will make the long ride to East Liverpool with a 2-4 record. They fell 35-20 to Jackson in their most recent outing.
Kickoff is slated for 7:30 p.m.
Even though Wheeling Park is a little more than an hour from East Liverpool, there were a number of Prescott's extended family members on hand. Nick Nardone, who is Leah Prescott's (Rick's wife) cousin, scored the final Patriot touchdown of the night. Prescott's mother-in-law and Nardone's dad, Mark, are brother and sister. Mark Nadrone was the head football coach at Park for a number of years and is currently the assistant athletic director.
Prescott's mother is from the Wheeling area, so some of her family members were also in attendance.
Potter offensive lineman Charles Iacobucci is the nephew of Park fullback-linebacker Geremy Paige. Iacobucci's mother and Paige are brother and sister.