I was standing right next to where SFA was warming up for the game; they were FAR from disinterested. If I had video to post, you would know that they were READY TO GO. From the time the first Panthers player came out for warm ups, they were barking, shouting, chanting, and woofing, at each other, and then eventually across the field at Mater Dei. If anything, they were too hyped, trying to intimidate MD (which obviously didn’t work).
When the Monarchs did their usual team pregame walkout chant to midfield led by Tai Marks, BOTH teams were clapping at each other, doing some barking across the field. No coming together, but they were both clearly fired up and ready to play.
Both of these teams have about 40 coaches/helpers on staff, so if a player was talking to someone in pregame, it was more likely one of the army of staff members rather than a “civilian.” This was the biggest game of all these kids lives, ESPECIALLY St Frances. Both teams were fired up, ready to play, and focused; anybody who paid attention could tell that by the intensity of the hitting in the first 5 minutes of the game.
There is no room for any “unfocused” or “taking them lightly” excuses.