St. Joseph shut out by Hyde Park, eliminated from playoffs
St. Joseph Flyers head coach Kevin Auten said that in Year 1 of his tenure, the team has improved each week.
Now, the team has to look forward to improving and working toward 2013.
The Flyers (2-7, 2-4) were shut out by the Austin Hyde Park Panthers (7-2, 4-2) 35-0 at Patti Welder Stadium on Friday.
"Those are some of the growing pains you've got to learn to get through and find a way to win," Auten said.
The loss drops the Flyers out of contention for a playoff spot in TAPPS Division II, District 3. St. Joseph will miss the playoffs for the second straight season.
Injuries forced Auten to have incumbent senior Jerry Vasquez split time with junior Bradley Proctor at the quarterback position.
Proctor rushed for 54 yards and completed 3-of-6 passes for 32 yards,
The situation could continue in next week's season finale against San Marcos Academy since Vasquez left the game in the fourth quarter with an injury.
"We felt like our best chance was to put the ball in Barclay's hands and let him run," Auten said.
Vasquez carried the ball four times for 17 yards and completed 2 of 10 passes for seven yards, but was intercepted twice.
Senior running back Marcus Rendon hauled in three passes for 21 yards.
Hyde Park junior running back Dustin Quigley ensured Hyde Park finished drives with touchdown runs of 3, 63 and 9 yards in the first 26 minutes of play.
Quigley finished with 108 yards and three touchdowns on eight carries.
Although the Flyers had their offensive struggles, they trailed by 14 points at halftime.
The problem was the beginning of the second half.
St. Joseph was called for two straight illegal procedure calls on kickoffs that went out of bounds and Hyde Park's Jackson Effiom had a 59-yard return to give the Panthers a the ball on the Flyers 25.
After Quigley scored his third touchdown, the Flyers were forced to punt after a three-and-out.
"We've got to cut down on the little things," Auten said. ""We've got to continue to improve."
Both of St. Joseph's interceptions came in the second half.
St. Joseph's best chance to get on the scoreboard came on a missed 38-yard field goal by John Sardinha and a missed and a missed 28-yard attempt by Tyler Engelbart.
The Flyers mustered only 125 yards of total offense and and had 11 first downs.