Despite Pats’ winless record, Hallmark sees improvement

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 West End (0-6, 0-4) at Section (3-3, 2-2)
Series record: West End 2, Section 1
Last meeting: 2009 West End 32, Section 21
Last week: North Sand Mountain 41, West End 12; Section 28, Ider 27 OT

    By Gene Stanley/Messenger Sports Correspondent

    There may be no victories in West End’s bucket yet for 2012, but coach Randy Hallmark sees definite signs of improvement. 

    “In a 41-12 loss, it’s hard to say you say good things, but I definitely did,” he said. “We didn’t match up well physically with North Sand [Mountain], but we played better than the score indicated.”

    The Patriots opened the game with a nine-plus minute drive, but couldn’t convert a fourth-and-short play near the goal line.

    “We’re also giving up too many big plays on defense,” Hallmark said. “We’re giving up big runs and big pass plays. Last week, we gave up a touchdown on the kickoff right after we scored.”

    “You can’t do that kind of stuff and expect to win ballgames.”

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