Injuries plague St. Joseph in opener
Sept. 4, 2012 at 4:04 a.m.
Updated Sept. 5, 2012 at 4:05 a.m.
7:30 p.m. start on Friday at Patti Welder Stadium
RECORDS: St. Joseph 0-1; Schulenburg 1-0. NOTES: St. Joseph continues it regular matchups with the Shorthorns, who are coming off of a win against recently founded Class 3A school College Station.
Injuries affected St. Joseph in last week's opening game against Goliad and will continue to have an effect on the team this week against Schulenburg.
Starting running back Cameron Zafereo will be held out of Friday night's home game as a precautionary measure.
"He didn't have anything torn, but the main thing is we need to get him back for district," St. Joseph head coach Kevin Auten said. "These non-district games are important, but in the long term I want them to help us in district."
The Flyers suffered two other key injuries in the 34-10 loss last week. Linemen Robby Medrano and Michael Low were injured early in the game and did not return. Auten hopes to have both of them back this week.
"I'm hoping they'll be back this week," he said. "We'll have to play it by ear and see."
On the flip side, St. Joseph will have running back Marcus Rendon back in action. Rendon played just one quarter against Goliad because of a sickness. He will be back in action when the Flyers host Schulenburg.
"I don't know what happened, but he was sick from about noon that day," Auten explained. "He said somebody at his house was sick and it carried over. It didn't go over well for him."
SURPRISE ONSIDE KICK WORKS
On the opening kick off of the 2012 season, the Flyers did something nobody expected when they executed an onside kick to perfection, recovering it at Goliad's 31 yard line.
In all, St. Joseph attempted, and recovered, two onside kicks to go along with their three normal kick offs.
"I do that all of the time," Auten said. "I take some risks in the kicking game and it worked out in our favor. We just have to capitalize on it."
SECOND HALF BETTER THAN FIRST
His first game as head coach of the Flyers didn't go as Auten wanted, but he did say things improved after halftime.
"I think at halftime we got something's understood and had a better second half. Our expectations were understood more," Auten said. "I think this week will be a lot better."