FAIRFIELD >> The Fairfield Ludlowe football team is going back to the basics.
After an 0-3 start this fall, the Falcons are approaching the rest of the season with a different mindset.
“We’re kind of restarting the season right now,” senior co-captain Spencer Foley said. “With the bye week it will be a different second half.”
After a promising preseason, Ludlowe was thrown for a loop with a less than ideal beginning.
“We thought we could definitely win at least two of the first three,” senior co-captain Chris Howell said. “So we’re kind of shocked, really.”
Last week the Falcons received a much needed bye week to regroup. Ludlowe now prepares to host Westhill (1-2) on Saturday at 2 p.m., in what is looked as a must win.
“It’s just one game we need to win,” Howell said.
In the three losses for the Falcons, the team scored only 20 points and gave up 96. Both Foley and Howell said the team doesn’t need to change anything major, rather the little things.
“We really didn’t execute well, we weren’t disciplined,” said Howell, the team’s leading rusher. “We just need to make sure everyone does there job, and you can’t take a play off. We just need to put everything together and I think we can do that this bye week.”
Ludlowe, which suffered some injuries early, has not played with their full starting lineup yet.
Add in some new faces at key positions, and there has been a bit of an adjustment period.
Junior quarterback Aidan Kudzy is in his first year starting for the Falcons, but both Howell and Foley said he’s handled the pressure well so far.
“The adjustment has been good,” Howell said. “He’s real athletic and he’s going to get better as the season goes along.”
Last week against Wilton, in a 17-7 loss, Ludlowe showed a lot of fight, including a pick-six from Foley, but couldn’t seal the win; something Foley said they need to fix.
“The key thing for us is to just close,” he said. “To put up nothing on offense but have good stats, we have to close the drive.”
Saturday’s showdown with Westhill will also serve as the homecoming game for Ludlowe. The last two years the Falcons have lost to Westhill by a combined four points, including a 23-20 double overtime loss last year.
“We need to show our peers that we’re going to win a game this year,” Foley said. “It’s homecoming, this is a game to win.”