TMI homecoming provides inspiration for St. Joseph
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TAPPS DIVISION II, DISTRICT 3 GAME
7 p.m. Friday at San Antonio TMI
RECORDS: St. Joseph 2-4, 2-1; San Antonio TMI 3-3, 0-3
LAST MEETING: Zero Week 2011, TMI beat the Flyers 16-6
St. Joseph has already been the visiting team in one homecoming game this season, a 22-14 loss to Weimar in September.
This week when the Flyers travel to San Antonio TMI they'll once again be a homecoming opponent.
"I think it's a little bit of a push for us," St. Joseph head coach Kevin Auten said. "TMI seems to be a big rival for these guys. They feel pressure to go out and win this Friday because, I guess, it upsets them they were chosen to be their homecoming game."
Traditionally, teams schedule their homecoming around an opponent they are confident in defeating.
After last week's surprising 19-9 victory over then-undefeated Austin Regents, few should consider the Flyers (2-4, 2-1) an easy win.
TMI beat St. Joseph to open last season, 16-6.
AUTEN'S IN-GAME ADJUSTMENT KEY
St. Joseph ran the ball 32 times against Regents last Friday night, gaining over 150 yards en route to the 10-point victory. However, a pound-and-ground attack wasn't the game plan when the ball was kicked off.
"Actually, we came out tonight and planned on using our five-wide stuff we had worked on," Auten admitted. "We felt like we could throw the ball on them and as we went through the game we felt like they were tired and felt we could grind it out."
The Flyers threw for 81 passing yards, but the rushing attack kept Regents' dangerous offense off the field for long stretches of the game. The run also set up St. Joseph's final touchdown of the night that put the game out of Regents' reach.
"We wanted to keep running the clock," Auten said. "We were only up by 12 at halftime and there for awhile we were only up by three. I felt like we needed to run as much of the time off as we could."
FLYERS IN THE HUNT FOR A PLAYOFF SPOT
Of the eight teams in TAPPS Division II, District 3, St. Joseph are tied for third. However, the Flyers are 2-1 in district play along with Regents and San Antonio Christian. Only the top three teams are guaranteed a spot in the post season with the fourth place team having a chance as well.
"It's really big for us to be 2-1 and not 1-2 right now," Auten said.
The TAPPS playoff bracket has four wild card or fourth-place spots. The wild card is for teams who are independent, but the lack of independent schools will allow for some fourth-place teams to make the post season.
"I don't really understand that because I feel that how you finish in district is how you should go into the playoffs," Auten said. "It's something new this year and we've emailed some people tying to tell us what's going on with that. We have to research it some more. My hope is to seal up the third spot and not have to worry about it."
ANOTHER INJURY UPDATE
The injury bug has become a constant pest St. Joseph must deal with every week this season. Friday night was no different as the Flyers lost Cameron Zafereo to a hyper-extended knee in the second quarter. Quarterback Jerry Vasquez had his right leg wrapped in ice afterwards, as well.
"We found out today that Cameron is probably going to be a one to two week deal," Auten said. "Clayton Davidson injured his leg Friday night and is scheduled for an MRI tomorrow. The doctor feels really good about him going this week. (Monday), Jerry hobbled around a little bit. Today he was able to run around and throw well."