DIAMOND, Mo. - The Baxter Springs Lions faced the Diamond, Mo. Wildcats Friday night and new head coach Donnie Bigby said his team showed more improvement, despite the 42-14 loss.

"Our improvements are not shown by wins and losses," Bigby said Tuesday. "We had a good offensive night. We left probably 28 points on the field, but it's the first time we've put ourselves in a position to score 28 points.

"Defensively we're still a work in progress."

The Lions gave up several big plays in the loss and quite a bit of yardage.

Diamond's Zach Renfro ran for 165 yards and a score and both Jarren Rinehart and Tyler Horton ran for a pair of touchdowns.

"We bent on defense but never broke," Diamond Head Coach Aaron Davied said. "We got up early and (Baxter Springs) gave up running the football."

Bigby said overall he was pleased with his team's performance.

"We're still so young and our numbers are so low we're not really concerned with opponents," Bigby said. "We're worried about ourselves."

With nine players on offense who had never played high school football and eight on defense in the same boat Bigby points to the youth of his team and notes they're still working on fundamentals but are improving every week.

He said they are blocking and tackling better and he expects the improvements to continue all season.

The Lions will be facing the 1-3 Frontenac Raiders at home this week for Homecoming. The game starts at 7 p.m. Friday.