St. Joseph will be shorthanded again
Sept. 13, 2012 at 4:13 a.m.
St. Joseph will have a different, yet familiar signal caller this week when they face Weimar.
Starting quarterback Jerry Vasquez will be held out of Friday night's game at Weimar because of an undisclosed illness. The Flyers' leading receiver Eric Alvarez will line up behind center in his place. Alvarez started at quarterback last season for the Flyers.
"The doctor doesn't want him to play, so Jerry will be out," St. Joseph head coach Kevin Auten said Wednesday afternoon.
Last week, in a 30-15 loss to Schulenburg, Vasquez accounted for 139 total yards, 124 through the air. Alvarez led the Flyers in rushing with 45 yards, including a 25 yard touchdown run and receiving with two catches for 28 yards.
"There will be a lot of pressure on a lot of people to step up," Auten said.
BIG PLAYS DOOMED FLYERS
If not for two big plays at the start of the first and second halves, the Flyers might have been able to grab their first victory of the season. However, a 45-yard fumble return and 90-yard kickoff return for touchdowns gave Schulenburg the 15-point victory.
"To me, that's what cost us the game," Auten said. "I was happy that we played through that adversity, but we still have to work hard. They (big plays) had a huge impact on the game."
During practice this week, the Flyers have focused on cutting down on those big plays by working on kicking off deep.
"It's not something we've done much," Auten explained. "We worked on staying in our lanes and tackling better."
TRICK PLAYS GIVE ST. JOSEPH AN EDGE
After the Flyers' first touchdownt last week (a two yard run by Vasquez), St. Joseph came out in a swinging gate. They would run a reverse with Eric Alvarez who threw a touchdown pass to Clayton Davidson in the corner of the end zone.
The play caught Schulenburg's defense off guard, cutting their lead to just five points.
Anyone who has seen the Flyers play this season knows they take chances on trick plays. With other teams focusing on how to stop the trick plays, Auten knows it takes time away from practicing the usual offensive and defensive stuff.
"Weimar runs the same swinging gate as us," Auten said. "Because we already run that, we just scheme on how we would defend ourselves. Our kids understand how to stop it better.
FLYERS ON VERGE OF FIRST VICTORY
After his team's impressive performance against Schulenburg. it would seem that St. Joseph is close to winning its first game of 2012.
"I hope so," Auten said. "We just have to execute and do things we're taught."
According to Auten, the players also know they're close to their first win.
"They feel like they've improved," he said. "They see they are getting better and able to play through the whole game. We're excited about the possibilities and they know if a few things go differently, we're 1-1 and not 0-2."