Starting off 0-3 for the first time since 2006, the Grambling High Kittens are beating themselves offensively and defensively.
The Kittens offense is averaging just 13 points per game and defensively, they are allowing whopping 31 points. Also the Kittens are turning the ball over nearly five times per game
“No coach wants to go winless,” said head coach Jerald Kennedy. “It’s the growing pains of becoming a team. We’re not mentally of physical tough yet.
Although averaging nearly 300 yards per game, the offense has not produced many points because of turnovers. Turnovers, also despite having a high-powered offense, they have had a lot of busted plays that became negative yards.
“Execute!” said Kennedy out of frustration. “We as a team have to execute both offensively and defensively to be a good football team. One missed assignment can mess up an entire play or cause a touchdown.”
Poor tackling has become a trend on Friday nights one major reason why the team’s defense is giving up 31 points.
Grambling High often has the ball carrier contained and wrapped up. Instead of finishing the play with a tackle, the runner breaks free, then the broken tackle leads to a big gain or touchdown.
“We do not tackle well we have to be more aggressive,” said Kennedy. “Also we have to play at full speed.”
To help better prepare and condition the Kittens for the season, Kennedy said the one thing that was missing was spring workout with and a scrimmage.
With few players, the Kittens have to play both ways. They have to be in good condition to compete on a high level on both sides the football.
The Kittens leading rusher is sophomore running back Jerome Hudson with 230 yards on 22 carries and three touchdown.
The leading receiver is sophomore Archie Amos with 150 yards on 12 catches and one touchdown.
Quarterback Jalen Ferguson has thrown for 336 yards completing 20-41 of his passes. Leading tacklers are Davaunte Turner and Jaylon Monroe both have 13 tackles and one sack.
The Kitttens will look for their first win of the season Friday night as they travel to Delhi Charter at 7p.m.