The Carlisle Bison are showing signs of improvement under first-year coach Jeremiah Quattlebaum.
However, the Bison fell to 0-4 in 2A-6 league play with losses to Hazen and Clarendon this week.
Hazen beat the Bison 54-24 on Monday; Clarendon won 60-25 Tuesday.
"It’s a step by step process," Quattlebaum said. "In a sense, we’re in the slow phase, learning the game. Unfortunately, we have to learn it as such a fast pace because our conference is so good and athletic. Right now, that’s the area where we really hurt at."
In the loss to Hazen, the Bison trailed 20-10 after one quarter and 36-15 at halftime.
Dominic Castleberry led Carlisle with nine points. Cole Sheets had five. Devon Kendrick and Brynden Weems had three points each. Nick Schafer added two.
Against Clarendon, the Bison hung with the Lions for a quarter.
Clarendon scored the game’s first 11 points before Brady Mathis got a putback with 3:48 left in the first quarter. Clarendon scored two more to lead 13-2.
The Bison then ended the first quarter on a 5-2 run to trail 15-7. Kendrick scored all five points.
The Lions opened the second quarter with a 15-0 run to lead 30-7. Kendrick broke the run when he scored with 3:27 left in the first half. Clarendon led 38-17 at halftime.
Kendick led the Bison with 13 points. Castleberry had six. Weems scored three. Mathis had two while Chance Richards scored one.