1-6 Falcons chasing a playoff berth

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Tue. October 27, 2009 | Keith Niebuhr

Someone once said a team’s goal isn’t to count its wins but to win the games that count. That’s the perfect phrase to start a blog post about the Dunedin football team.

Overall, the Falcons are only 1-6.

But in district play (5A-8), they’re 1-1 and in the thick of a playoff race thanks to last week’s 35-0 win over Clearwater, a team that was 5-2.

Because of that victory, Monday was a “pretty special” day at Dunedin, its coach said.

“It’s been real hard to come back to school on Mondays when kids are making fun of you,” Falcons coach Mark Everett said.

Dunedin’s poor start should have been expected.

The Falcons graduated more than two dozen players off last year’s district championship squad. And it didn’t help that all seven of the teams they’ve played thus far currently have winning records.

Despite the setbacks, “the kids came out every Monday with a fresh attitude,” Everett said. “We saw some improvement.”

After beating Clearwater, Dunedin’s entire defense probably should have earned game balls. The group not only held the Tornadoes to 139 total yards but scored on two fumble returns (from Ali Cheaib and Kyle Kunnen) and an INT return (from Trevonte Anderson).

“Our defensive coaches, Mike Anderson and Frank Lang, came up with a great gameplan against the wishbone,” Everett said.

On Friday, Dunedin plays host to Palm Harbor University (2-5 overall, 0-1 in 5A-8) needing another victory to keep its playoff hopes alive.

“We’ve got to win one this week,” Everett said. “They’re well-coached and we’re going to have our hands full. We can’t take them lightly. When you’re 1-6, you can’t take anyone lightly.”

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