Sharks struggling, but not swimming with the fishes just yet



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Fri. October 9, 2009 | Keith Niebuhr

HOLIDAY -- Anclote football coach Matt Wicks has a term to describe what the first-year Sharks are going through this fall.

“I call it on-the-job training,” he said.

Thus far, Anclote is 0-4 and the Sharks have been outscored 180-39.

Things won’t get any easier tonight.

That’s when the program still in diapers plays at a Land O’Lakes squad that is 4-0, is scoring almost 40 points per game and just might be the top squad on the North Suncoast.

Despite all of this, Wicks likes what he sees.

“They’re holding up pretty good,” he said.

When it comes to skill players, the Sharks aren’t bad, the coach said. Their biggest problem is their inexperience up front.

On the offensive line, Anclote starts two juniors and three freshman.

The same kids also start on the defensive line because the team lacks interior depth.

“Our offensive and defensive lines are really what’s been hurting us,” Wicks said. “They’re so young and inexperienced, so we’re having trouble figuring some things out. They’re not bad, just young, just inexperienced. They’re a little like deer in the headlights.”

Down the road, Wicks hopes the Sharks’ current struggles will help. 

“It’s building character,” Wicks said. “It really is. Every game we don’t get a win I tell them to take that feeling and lock that inside.” 

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