Flyers know wins are a must
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Last Friday night in San Antonio was a strange one for St. Joseph, who lost to San Antonio Christian 42-3.
"I don't know how to describe it. It was a very, very strange night," Flyers head coach Kevin Auten said. "Our bus broke down. We had a family situation at the end of the game. Friday was just a different night."
It was different in more ways than one. A week earlier St. Joseph won its first game of the season when the Flyers trounced St. Dominic Savio 69-0. Now 1-1 in district play, the Flyers know these are the games that matter the most. Despite the loss, the playoffs are still within reach, but St. Joseph will need a victory against Austin Regents this Friday to stay in the hunt for a district title.
"Those first three games don't mean anything," Auten said. "What we have to do is take care of business the rest of the way and get us a playoff spot."
FLYERS' DEFENSE TO FACE BALANCED ATTACK
Regents (5-0) have gained just over 1,800 total yards of offense so far this season and have been balanced in their attack with 934 yards on the ground and 958 through the air.
To make matters more complicated for St. Joseph, the Knights have five players with more than 100 rushing yards, but the main threat is clear. Douglas Meynig has ran the ball 58 times for 361 yards and three touchdowns (all team-highs).
Quarterback Grant Brown has been effective in finding the end zone through the air with 15 touchdowns. He's completed 53 percent of his passes for 905 yards and three interceptions.
Last week, the Flyers had trouble stopping Christian's offense, allowing over 400 yards of total offense. Corey Robinson, son of NBA legend David Robinson and Notre Dame commit, gave Christian the ability to do anything on offense with five catches for 174 yards and two scores.
"He was their go to guy," Auten said. "With that, it opens up other stuff in the run game."
Auten and his Flyers know they can play better on defense than they did a week ago because they've seen it on film before.
"I think when we got done with film Saturday it wasn't me frustrated, it was them because of their play," Auten said. "They know they can do better because they've seen better."
THE LITTLE THINGS WILL BE KEY FRIDAY
After the 69-0 win over Savio two weeks ago, quarterback Jerry Vasquez said it would be important for the Flyers' to keep focus.
"Last year, we had a big win and the game after it didn't turn out good because we let it go to our heads," he said.
St. Joseph didn't lose its focus in between games, but they didn't do the little things right against Christian.
"Not doing the little things right is what cost us," Auten said after Tuesday's practice. "Not stepping with the right foot, not shooting ourselves in the foot when we get down inside the red zone."
Doing the little things right has been an emphasis during St. Joseph's practices this week. The Flyers hope that extra attention to detail will lead them to victory at Patti Welder Stadium Friday night.
INJURY BUG STRIKES AGAIN
St. Joseph has been decimated by injuries in the first half of the season. Last Friday night was no different.
All-purpose threat Eric Alvarez and running back Cameron Zafareo were both pulled from last week's game with possible concussions. Alvarez left in the second quarter and Zafareo was pulled at the end of the third quarter.
Neither one suffered a concussion, but Auten said he wanted to err on the side of caution. Alvarez and Zafareo, according to Auten, will be in the line up when St. Joseph kicks off against Regents at 7 p.m. at Patti Welder Stadium.