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St. Joseph struggles in loss to Schulenburg

By BY WILL BROWN - WBROWN@VICAD.COM
Sept. 3, 2011 at 4:03 a.m.


On a night the the Flyers celebrated future football players and cheerleaders, the present was enduring a contest they would much rather not remember.

When Schulenburg's Jacob Langhamer returned the opening kickoff 101 yards for a touchdown it personifield the night ahead of the St. Joseph football team. The Flyers (0-2) had breakdowns in lane assignments on the play, while the visiting Shorthorns had a middle return that just happened to exploit the missed assignments.

Fifteen seconds into the game Schulenburg (2-0) led 7-0. The Shorthorns did not look back as the No. 6 team in Class 2A rolled to a 55-7 victory.

Kyle Bludau was 6 for 13 for 153 yards and a trio of touchdowns in the first half. His final completion was a fade up the far sideline to fellow senior Ryan Havrda for a 27-yard touchdown to end the first half and give Schulenburg a 35-0 lead.

"Having that off week next week will give us some time to not game plan for anyone in particular, just look at the film, find all our little mistakes, spend a whole week working on those mistakes - and correct them," said St. Joseph football coach Donnie Slatter.

St. Joseph went three and out on its first three possessions. When Eric Alvarez found tight end Dean Vanek for 15 yards with 6:28 remaining in the second quarter, the Flyers trailed 28-0.

Jyron McKenzie took a sweep to the right of the Shorthorn formation, up the sidelines, untouched for an 80-yard touchdown with 9:19 left in the first quarter. Bludau found Tyler Cardenas for a 25-yard score then connected with Logan Lebeda for a 35-yard touchdown with 35 seconds left in the first quarter.

"Jyron is probably one of the bigger plusses we have versus last year's team," said Schulenburg head coach Tommy Bludau. "We probably didn't have that quickness, that explosion and he provides that. To have that quickness and explosion in our backfield, plus the way we throw the ball, makes it doubly tough on people."

Schulenburg ran for 308 yards Friday, and accounted for 470 total yards. It was the second straight week, the Shorthorns scored 55 points, ran for more than 200 yards and accrued more than 450 offensive yards.

Alvarez scored St. Joseph's lone touchdown with 8:57 remaining in the contest on a 1-yard quarterback dive. It was set up by Vanek's 17-yard reception in tight coverage following a Shorthorn turnover.

"You have to ask yourself how bad you want it," said Vanek, who led the Flyers with four catches for 53 yards. "We seniors leave it all on the field, but we try to lead by example. Hopefully, if the underclassmen see that they will play 11-on-11 instead of just the seniors playing."

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