Injury ends playing days for St. Joseph's Medrano
St. Joseph has been lucky with injuries.
The Flyers had plenty of injuries, but none of them were serious enough to end a player's season. However, that lucky streak came to a halt last Friday night against San Antonio TMI when senior lineman Robby Medrano tore his meniscus and sprained a MCL.
"We were at TMI and another guy and me were going after the quarterback," Medrano said about his final football play. "In the pile, I got my knee hit really hard. It hurt a lot."
The loss is a big one for St. Joseph, one that first year coach Kevin Auten labeled as a "huge loss."
"He's not only a great player but a great leader," Auten said. "He's a good one on and off the field and the kids follow him."
Medrano's injury won't keep him from having an impact on the Flyers for the final portion of the season. He's helping his teammates prepare for San Antonio Holy Cross Saturday night and keeping them motivated to play their best.
"I'm still here keeping the mood light and keeping them going," Medrano said. "I've been a leader for the whole year and I'm going to keep it like that. An injury isn't going to stop me form being away from my friends and family."
LACK OF EXECUTION LEADS TO LOSS
When asked what the leading cause for St. Joseph's 9-0 loss to TMI a week ago was, Auten kept it simple.
"We didn't execute," he said.
The Flyers didn't appear to be the same team that knocked off a then-undefeated Austin Regents. It showed on the game film the following Saturday.
"Saturday in film they saw it," Auten said of his players. "They were as frustrated as I was. It wasn't any one person, but an overall thing. The week before we were bringing it. When we hit them, they were done. Last week, we couldn't stop them. Offensively, we just didn't execute."
TOUGHEST OPPONENT YET
Holy Cross doesn't present the best record the Flyers have faced all season, nor does it sport the best player. However, the Knights may be the best team St. Joseph has faced through seven games.
"Holy Cross is a lot more athletic," Auten said. "They have a good running back and a good wide receiver. Their quarterback is very accurate."
The Knights haven't scored less than 25 points all season long and average over 350 yards per game. Quarterback Sam Moreno has completed 60 percent of his passes for 1,237 yards and 12 touchdowns. Eight of those scores have gone to Zach Fernandez, who has 48 receptions for 660 yards.
Don't be fooled though. The Knights have the ability to run the ball down the heart of any defense. As a team, Holy Cross has rushed for 1,265 yards, but 1,144 has been gained by Kyron Davis. The senior running back averages 7.53 yards-per-carry and has found the end zone 13 times.
While the Knights represent St. Joseph's toughest competition, the idea of an upset isn't far-fetched. Two weeks ago the Flyers handed Regents its first loss of the season and last week Holy Cross was tied with Regents 21-21 headed into the fourth quarter before winning 35-21.
"On film I thought Regents came out and played hard," Auten said. "They executed well and played like they were in a desperate situation. That's kind of how we played against Regents and if we come out and play like that it'll be a good game."
St. Joseph (2-5, 2-2) will head to San Antonio Saturday afternoon to face Holy Cross (5-2, 4-0) for a 7 p.m. kick off.