Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

September 21, 2013

Simon says: Beavers glad to beat Gate City

By BOB REDD
Bluefield Daily Telegraph

BLUEFIELD — Bluefield High School football coach Fred Simon is glad for his team to get a win. The Beavers defeated Gate City 61-7 Friday night and on the outside it looks like a huge win, but Simon pointed out that the contest was not actually a true gauge of his team’s ability as Gate City was playing short-handed.

“They had 12 kids that didn’t dress, five or six starters that didn’t play. I’m not trying to take anything away from our kids’ effort, I thought they gave a really good effort, I just think that they (Gate City) were undermanned, so it’s really hard to take a whole lot from it,” Simon said. “We’re fortunate that we got the win and I’m very happy about that, it’s just that I don’t think they were at full strength and that was a disadvantage to them and helped us.”

Simon talked further about the play of some of the Beavers.

“I thought (D.J.) Stewart ran hard, ran better than he has probably run all year. We’ve got to work on everybody’s blocking. Cody Gore played steady like he always does,” Simon noted. “I thought our kicking game, our kicker, Frankie Desiderio did a fine job. I thought our effort was good, but it was against young kids. It’s not the caliber of talent we’re usually playing against, they have it if all their players are there, but they were not there.”

The Beavers did not sustain any injuries as they head into the week preparing for Greenbrier East.

Simon knows that East will be a threat to put points on the board and that Bluefield will have a tough task Friday night in Fairlea against the Class AAA Spartans.

Bluefifeld moved to 2-1 with the win against Gate City. The Beavers were tied for 18th in the initial WVSSAC ratings that came out this past week, but are sure to move up the ladder.

Greenbrier East is 2-2 after beating Parry McCluer. Friday night in Fairlea.