PANAMA CITY — Putting four good quarters together has been an issue for the Buccaneers (1-2) in two of their three games this season.
A strong first half against Rutherford in the opener was followed by a bad third quarter that led to a 34-21 loss.
A strong second half against Bay helped the Buccaneers erase a 14-point deficit, though costly penalties and a pair special teams miscues prevented them from finishing off the comeback.
As NBH gets set to take on Wewahitchka on the road Friday, Bucs coach Andy Siegal hopes his players have retained the message preached to them all week.
"Finish, finish, finish," he said. "We’re here at 1-2 and could easily be 3-0 with a break or two going one way or another, one penalty, one missed tackle, or one missed assignment. But that’s not what it is."
The Bay loss was particularly tough, with NBH missing chances to take the lead after failing to score on first-and-goal at the 1-yard line and missing two short field goals.
"It was tough because that’s one of those games we had and let slip away," Siegal said. "It hurts a little bit. I told the kids we shouldn’t have let it happen that way, but at the end of the day it’s on us. It’s another lesson.
"The biggest difference this year than in past years is that we’re in these games, but we’re still making young people mistakes."
The Bucs will try to wash the taste of that game out their mouths against a Wewahitchka (1-2) team looking to snap a two-game skid following its season-opening win over Munroe.
Bozeman and Maclay have dealt the Gators losses the last two weeks, though Siegal said Wewahitchka remains a dangerous team thanks largely to a talented backfield that includes multiple rushing threats in Tyreeq Thomas, Alex Williams, and Zay McDaniel.
The trio has combined for 1,010 yards and 11 touchdowns in just three games. Siegal said the balanced attack makes it hard to focus on any one player.
"They have this three-headed monster and we’ve got to be prepared for all of them," Siegal said. "They’re also going to be well coached on the offensive line, and I can guarantee you every guy on that team will be strong. Bobby Johns does a better job than probably any coach out there in the weight room.
"I respect the heck out of Wewa. I think they’re a good football team. We don’t seem to get a break, so we have to keep grinding away and getting ready to play a good football game."