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War Hawks put heads down, focus on good showing in home opener

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ABILENE, Texas - The start of the 2017 season hasn't been what the McMurry War Hawks thought it would be, as their mindset continues to focus on the positives heading into Saturday's home opener.

In what head coach Lance Hinson called a "self-inflicted beat down by the hands of Southwestern", the War hawks just couldn't get much going, after the Pirates took a 28-0 lead and took it the distance in McMurry's ASC opener.

A lot having to do with a young offensive line, with 3 freshman starters getting their first taste of Saturday turf last weekend, but now the learning experience for the program is to move on to this weekend's rivalry match-up with Howard Payne at Wilford Moore Stadium.

Now 0-1 in the conference, and 0-2 overall, it's back to the drawing board for a team that was amped up to start the season with a bunch of veterans and a new-look up-tempo offense, as the War Hawks continue to look for answers.

"We just aren't as good as we think we are and that we just need to get better every week," said senior LB Jacob Ferguson on Tuesday. "Obviously what we did last time isn't going to work in this week."

"Once we're done with film, tonight - you can't let Southwestern beat you twice," added head coach Lance Hinson. "That's because it's easy to carry that with you and mope around and not feel that good about yourself. But this game here requires you to have a quick turn around and so that's the way we're approaching it."

The ticket revenue from Saturday's home opener against the Jackets will be donated to Hurricane Harvey relief efforts. Kickoff at Wilford Moore Stadium is slated for 6 p.m.

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