Ben Bolt coach Jeff LeFevre originally intended for the Badgers to have the week off, but at the last minute decided to schedule a Thursday game against the Flour Bluff junior varsity.

It turns out his intuition was right.

Plagued by injuries at several key positions, the Badgers tried out several new starters against the Hornets. With District 16-2A Division I play starting next week at La Villa, LeFevre said the team really did need one last tune-up.

“I’m glad I scheduled that game and didn’t leave it open because we have some spots we need to fill,” LeFevre said. “It also gives us one more time to work through our mistakes, but the injuries have hurt some key areas. We have to come out of this game healthy, too, because it all counts when we go to La Villa.”

Ben Bolt opened the season with five straight victories before last week’s 46-26 loss to Bruni. LeFevre said the injuries and a lack of focus took their toll.

“The six weeks are up and we had a bunch of kids having to re-take tests and stuff. We also had some discipline issues. It was the ending of a tough week,” LeFevre said. “Bruni was good. They had a lot of speed. They played hard and executed their game plan. We were misaligned all night on defense, but that’s coaching. That part’s on us. We need to do a better job of it this week.”

LeFevre has faith the Badgers can turn things around before district.

“We have too much pride and tradition not to. We work too hard not to,” he said. “A loss is a loss. It’s about how you get past it.”