After winning three straight games, 40-7 loss to Portland Sept. 22 was an unexpected setback for Williamston.
Rather than dwell on it, though, the Hornets are focused ahead.
“Our goal every year is to win the CAAC White,” said Williamston head coach Steve Kersten. “This game was a blow tonight, but there are a lot of games left.”
The first of those games is a showdown with Lansing Catholic was Friday, Sept. 28.
It will be another challenge for Williamston (3-2), as the Cougars are 4-1 behind an offense that has scored at least 40 points in each of its victories.
In Lansing Catholic, Kersten sees a model of what he’d like from his own team.
“They are very efficient offensively,” he said. “We’re still trying to find consistency on the offensive side of the ball.”
Against Portland, the Hornets offense looked stellar early, going 42 yards on its second drive for a touchdown. But for the rest of the game, Williamston tallied only 138 yards and had four turnovers.
On Homecoming night sophomore Chaz Moore was under center. After taking over for junior Ryan Watters, who was injured in the first game, Moore led Williamston to three straight victories.
Against Portland, Moore was 7-for-17 for 103 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions.
Although Watters is said to be close to returning, Kersten said last Monday “nothing has been cleared yet.” He was also noncommittal to which quarterback would start, if both were healthy.
Whoever is the starting quarterback, Williamston has four games remaining to finish its season strong. Lansing Catholic represents the biggest hurdle, as it is the only team left on the Hornets’ schedule with a winning record.
“We have to come together as a family,” Kersten said. “The Portland game is gone. Now let’s move on to next week.”