It takes awhile for the sting of tough losses to subside, and the Echo football team is in the midst of recovering from a lingering sting after a hard-fought but ultimately disappointing 42-36 loss to Ione last week.

“They’re still upset about last week, but it’s a good upset,” head coach Rick Thew said. “They want to fix the things that went badly last week. They’re feeling pretty confident.”

This week’s preparation is going to be a little more challenging than most weeks.

Echo (0-2) heads out to Maupin, Oregon to take on South Wasco County (1-0) at 7 p.m. Friday. The problem is, Echo has no idea what the Redsides will do.

SWC didn’t field a football team last year, and Thew said he’s had trouble acquiring game tape from its 62-20 win over Alsea last week.

That said, he’s focusing his team on what the Cougars can do better.

“We are focusing on things we need to fix, and (we’ll) deal with what information we get when we get to that,”

First on the docket is turnovers.

The Cougars fumbled away a number of potential scoring drives last week, giving Ione more chances to score than should have been allowed, Thew said.

He said he has been happy with his team’s offensive execution this week. He has installed a few new plays this week he’s been wanting to add and said he has been happy with the effort and level of execution since those new plays were implemented.

It’s just a matter of defense, he said.

“We have to lower our targets and finish through tackles,” he said. “Also, we’re making sure we aren’t getting caught inside.”

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