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War Hawks not wavering confidence despite early season struggles

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ABILENE, Texas - The battle of 2017 rages on for the McMurry War Hawks into week 5 of the season after an early 14-point deficit doomed another chance for a McMurry victory last Saturday against Sul Ross.

The defense made some headway, forcing an elusive QB into mistimed throws, and a tackles for loss that prevented an even bigger scoring margin. But the task for the War Hawks as they return home this week, is searching for that offensive production under a new system.

"We just could not possess the ball and couldn't't produce any first downs," said head coach Lance Hinson on Tuesday. "The time of possession wore down the defense and that's where our mistakes mainly came is being worn out."

Kevin Hurley's second quarter TD pass to Darius Brooks was set up by the defense, and the only big bright spot in the loss as it would be too little - with McMurry now sitting 1-3 on the year.

It's been a trend as of the last few years for this program, with another young team searching for consistency and translating mid-week success on the practice field into results on Saturday.

"You find the positives on tape after wins, but you do that even with the losses too," said Hinson. "It's another work week and that's how we have to approach it."

But this team isn't showing signs of giving up, keeping the focus during the week.

"When we go out to practice, we kind of boost our confidence up and I feel like we have really great potential if we just really focus and just grind out on the field," said senior OL Brycen Homer.

And a big reason to be focused even more now, is the fact the War Hawks are home the next two weeks, starting Saturday against Texas Lutheran.

"Hey. We're 1-0 at home so let's keep the streak you know?" added Hinson. "We've got the next two at home which is going to be nice. The losing, yeah that sure does play a toll, but these guys continue to bring a good attitude."

McMurry and Texas Lutheran will kick-off from Wilford Moore Stadium on Saturday at 1 p.m.

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