Junior corner returns, but Flyers offense held scoreless (VIDEO)
Sept. 14, 2013 at 4:14 a.m.
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Harrison High came back ready for action for St. Joseph.
After missing the Flyers' second game to Schulenburg, High rejoined the Flyers and grabbed an interception against Weimar.
Unfortunately, it was not enough as the Flyers were defeated 20-0 at Patti Welder Stadium Friday night.
"It was great to play. I really missed not playing last week," High said. "Luckily, the quarterback made a mistake and I capitalized on that."
The junior had two interceptions in the Flyers season opening loss to Goliad.
The defensive back said he was dehydrated from the first game and was taken out. Dizziness and lingering sickness during the following week, stopped him from making a start against Schulenburg.
Flyers coach Kevin Auten was glad to have the third year varsity starter back on the team.
Though the Flyers went three plays and out the following drive, the play gave the team an opportunity to start a comeback.
"He helps our defense believe," Auten said. "They know when Harrison is back there, when the ball is in the air, we got a good shot to get it."
In the second quarter, with the Wildcats up 13-0, quarterback junior Juwan Almeida wanted to continue to punish the Flyers defense. On a third and seven play for the Wildcats, Almeida dropped back to pass for an open receiver, but High read the play immediately to intercept the pass.
"When we played Weimar last year, I should have had three interceptions, but I dropped all three of them," High laughed. "Last year, we loss the game because I got burnt. I really wanted to give my effort this time."
For the Flyers Friday night, it was their homecoming. At halftime, when teams talk about strategies for the second half, High was out on the field. He was one of four people to be considered for homecoming king. He didn't think about being elected king, but he was.
"It's a great honor knowing that my classmates support me and love me," High said. "Coach made sure the focus was on the game. It was great, but I wasn't focus on homecoming."
Flyers senior captain Barclay Proctor played in his final homecoming game as a Flyer. He was glad to have his teammate High, but having a win would have been better.
"Harrison is a great player, he really is," Proctor said. "We had a great week of practice, and when it was time to come up here and put on a show, but it was a lack of execution."
For the Flyers now, they have an off week. With an 0-3 start, and district beginning next the Flyers want to focus on improving.
"Our guys can click at any moment," Auten said. "We have great young men. They want to be successful. We're going to keep pushing as a staff and we're going to keep getting things done."
"We didn't come off with a win, but I felt I gave some good effort to fix what I messed up with last year."
• The Flyers finished the evening with 129 total yards. Weimar had 258 yards rushing.
• Almeida finished with two touchdowns with 50 yards rushing. Senior receiver JaKyle Harris finished with 134 yards rushing off 17 carries.
• The Flyers fall to 0-3 and will have the week off before playing San Antonio Cornerstone.