MORGANTOWN - As much as everyone looks at wins and losses, including head coaches, sometimes new sideline bosses have to look at other things.
Such is the case with new Brooke man Sean Blumette.
His club takes an 0-2 record into Friday's 7:30 p.m. affair at University High.
"One thing I definitely like that I have seen is our progress in eliminating early-season mistakes," he said. "We eliminated penalties against St. Clairsville and protected the ball.
"The effort of our kids has been tremendous, even though we have no W's to show for it. I really like our attitude and desire to go out and compete.
"Offensively, the concepts are coming and we're pretty happy with how things are installed.
(games at 7 p.m. unless noted)
34 Parkersburg 35
14 St. Clairsville 44
Sept. 7 at University, 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 14 at Big Red
Sept. 21 Wheeling Park
Sept. 28 at Pt Pleasant, 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 12 at Park. South, 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 19 Weir High
Oct. 26 John Marshall
Nov. 2 at Morgantown, 7:30 p.m.
"We're happy with our defensive aggression and our ability to keep fighting.
"We kept coming back against St. Clairsville, trying to make stuff happen. Even though that was not successful, the effort was there."
Brooke is coming off a 44-14 loss to the Red Devils after a 36-35 heartbreaker to Parkersburg.
The Hawks are 2-0 and ranked No. 9 in the West Virginia Class AAA ranks.
"They are a solid program," said Blumette. "They have great athletic ability and a balanced attach.
"Their quarterback is not a big-name guy, but he can throw the ball as well as anybody we've seen outside of (Matt) Kinnick (of St. Clairsville). With the athletes they have, there are some match-ups we have to try to avoid.
"We have to get defensive pressure on them. Our front seven will really have to step up this week and try to contain them."
Shawn Ashbrook led the defense last week with 13 tackles. Bryan Browning and Ryan Parrish had six and Zac Morris, Tony Martin, Justin Loughrie and Joey Montgomery five each.
Quarterback Alec Buchmelter is 27-for-48 for 417 yards and five touchdowns.
Heath Hildreth has caught nine passes for 122 yards.
"We still have room to improve, obviously," said Blumette.