Football faces Ohio for homecoming

By Zane Miller and By Zane Miller

The Falcons football team will face the Ohio Bobcats on Saturday afternoon for the Falcons’ homecoming weekend. The team is coming off of their first win of the season last week against the Miami RedHawks.

“Winning’s better than losing,” Falcons head coach Mike Jinks said. “Everybody feels good about finally getting the W, but as far as practice and preparation, it’s been the same for the past couple of weeks… Our approach is that every game is its own entity.”

The team also knows that there will be a lot on the line for this game, as it could be a deciding factor as to which of them can make it into the postseason.

“Ohio is going to be a physical football team and a very well disciplined football team,” Jinks said. “Coach (Frank) Solich is one of the best in the business and he’ll have them prepared, he understands that it’s a big game for both teams… I think they’re going to be a little bit disappointed coming in after last week’s performance (against Central Michigan), knowing that with Akron beating us and Buffalo playing good football that neither one of us can afford to lose this ball game.”

The team feels that they will need to have more confidence in themselves not just to win this weekend, but to also put themselves in a good position in the Mid-American Conference standings.

“One of our biggest issues has been confidence in a true belief that the guys on this football team can get it done,” Jinks said. “We’ve been challenging them this week and really told them that the past few weeks have been really hard and on our coaching staff, just putting these guys in the right positions and making sure that it’s, we’ve done a good job at half, but I don’t want to do it at half, I want to do it by quarter and I want to do it by series.”

Despite a difficult beginning to the season, going 1-5 in their overall standings, the team is still in a good position at 1-1 in the MAC standings.

“The message this week is that it’s another season,” Jinks said. “This is our opponent, we have no room for error, we have to prepare, we have to know our opponent, from a team standpoint and from an individual standpoint and do the little things that give us the opportunity to win football games.”