LAKEWOOD - It was soggy, sloppy and even ugly but a win’s a win.
That is the mentality that head coach Reid Kahl and his Wheat Ridge Farmers team have taken after their 7-3 victory over Littleton Friday at Jeffco Stadium.
“It definitely wasn’t pretty but we will take it. This is a game we could have lost today but didn’t, and it was an important one because it gets us back over .500,” Kahl said.
After a long day of heavy rain and a game delay, the Farmers beat Littleton in a game that, once was started, was played in well under two hours.
That’s because the soggy conditions didn’t allow either team to develop a passing attack, forcing both teams to run the ball like it was going out of style.
A first half rushing touchdown by senior quarterback Tanner Weakland stood up as the game-winning score, and even though Littleton threatened late in the fourth quarter all it could muster offensively was a field goal.
“No disrespect to them, but I think we played down to their level tonight,” Weakland said. “I am not sure what is wrong with us, but I think we have regressed since Week 1.”
Weakland’s honestly is admirable because he is correct. After a 31- 21 victory over Windsor in Week 1 the Farmers were blown out 45-18 at Monarch one week later.
And even though Monarch is an elite power in 4A football the Farmers certainly haven’t looked like themselves for a second straight week.
“I am not sure what is wrong with us but it starts at practice, and we haven’t been practicing well and it is definitely showing. We need to get it figured out though,” Weakland said.
Wheat Ridge will have the opportunity to get things right and build some momentum when they host 0-3 Golden Thursday at Jeffco Stadium.
Golden has been blown out in all three of its losses this season, and the team has a first-year head coach that is in the middle of rebuilding the program.
“We still have a long way to go not only in terms of schedule but in terms of us getting a lot better. We have some games ahead of us, we need to find a way to be ready,” Kahl said.