AU football looking for first win following bye week

Wesley Seyfang

The Ashland Men’s Football team have started their season 0-2, with both losses against teams ranked in the Division II top ten.

During last week’s bye week, head coach Lee Owens spoke on how the team is studying themselves to improve for the remainder of the season.

“We looked at everything we were doing,” Owens said. “What we did well, and what we could improve on. When you’re playing two great teams, they expose your weaknesses and what you do well.” 

Owens admits that the team morale is low following the team’s winless start. One major flaw that Owens has noticed how there are times when the team is beating itself, especially in their 45-32 overtime loss to #7 ranked Notre Dame College.

“We just gave Notre Dame (College) two touchdowns and that is not like us to beat ourselves and we knew that if we didn’t do that, we could win that game,” Owens said.

Looking forward, quarterback Austin Brenner’s focus for this weekend’s matchup against Quincy is ball security. Brenner believes that if the offense can cut down on turnovers and the defense can increase their takeaways, they will secure a win against the 2-1 Quincy squad.

“Those two top ten teams definitely set a high standard for the schedule,” Brenner said. “So, coming into Quincy we are excited for another home game to try and get our first win.” 

The Eagles’ home matchup against Quincy begins on Sept. 25 at 1:00 p.m.

A group of Ashland football players sit on the sideline, looking defeated during the Eagles’ loss to #2 ranked Ferris State. AU would lose the game with a final score of 45-19. (Wesley Seyfang)

“Right now, our mentality is just, ‘Let’s beat Quincy.’ Let’s get a win. Let’s find a way to get started in the GMAC the right way and be really competitive in order to fight for a championship at the end of the season.” Owens said.