Miller also praised the defense for creating turnovers and doing a better job of running to the football and knowing their assignments. It will take the little things, like staying focused for the passing game-lengthened Bulldogs’ games, for Lapel to be successful going forward.
“The other thing we’ve done that’s a step from last year is we fought for four quarters,” Miller said. “Our kids were in it, which is even more amazing considering how long our games go. We’re asking kids to focus for three-and-a-half hours.”
The Bulldogs return home next Friday to face Park Tudor, another Indianapolis program. Lapel fell 33-6 to the 2-9 Panthers last year and are 0-4 in the series. But Miller says things are different this year.
“I think one thing we have turned the tide on is these kids expect on Friday night that they’re going to win. The kids expect on Monday night that they’re going to win,” Miller said. “Now, we’ve won one and lost two, but when our kids show up on Friday, no matter who it is they expect to win.”