With one game left, Masters maintains Tolton's positivity

Thursday, October 24, 2013 | 6:00 a.m. CDT
Fr. Tolton Catholic High School coach Chad Masters talks to a referee during Tolton's game against Boone South High School on Sept. 6.

COLUMBIA — Fr. Tolton Regional Catholic football lost in horrific fashion Friday. The Trailblazers (2-6) hosted South Callaway (7-1) in the school's first Senior Night and lost 48-0.

The Trailblazers could only muster 116 yards of total offense, and the first two passes of the game were intercepted. The defense allowed South Callaway to run for 373 yards and gave up three touchdowns in the first quarter alone.


Father Tolton Regional Catholic (2-6) at Sacred Heart (5-2)

When: 7 p.m. Saturday

Where: Sacred Heart High School, Sedalia

To most teams, this would be a soul-crushing loss that would end hopes of postseason success.

Apparently nobody told the Trailblazers that. The players were all smiles at Tuesday's practice, bringing renewed energy and enthusiasm.

"We're just getting to work," coach Chad Masters said. "We've got great kids who are coming in and doing the right things. There's a definite, enthusiastic attitude and we're ready to go."

After Tuesday's practice, Masters announced he had a treat for his team. Instead of practice Wednesday, the team went to Lazer Lanes for laser tag, bowling and miniature golf.

"Every once in a while, we'll do a team building activity," Masters said. "It's a great time for us to get together as a team, take a step back and enjoy each other a little bit.  Then we'll come back to work Thursday and Friday night to get ready for Saturday."

Linebacker Austin Gregory, who had five tackles against South Callaway, said the one positive aspect of the Senior Night loss was the team's tenacity.

"The biggest thing we can take away from that game is that we didn't give up," Gregory said. "We made a lot of mistakes, but if we cut down on those mistakes and played our best, we might not have won but we would've had a shot."

Masters said the biggest thing for the team to improve on before their final regular season game against Sacred Heart on Saturday is consistency.

"Finding consistency in all facets of our game is a big, big deal to us because we can be great one play and another play we struggle."

Gregory said that the team will use the anger from Senior Night as fuel for its final game.

"A lot of us, especially the seniors, are mad about how the last game went," Gregory said. "So we have a few things on our minds to take it to Sacred Heart."

Supervising editor is Erik Hall.

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