Saint Francis’ first-quarter lead quickly diminished as Seven Rivers Christian took home a 52-8 win to put the Wolves back in the loss column.
Despite a disappointing finish, the team still proved the progress that new head coach James Langham has instilled in his team. While only one pass was completed by the Wolves this evening, seeing the ball up in the air is a clear indication of the offensive-minded coaching going on in practice.
The two players who put the team on the board tonight were Avi Steiner, sophomore, and Devin Rollins, junior. Steiner shined once again with a 10-yard rushing touchdown, and Rollins went forth with a two-point conversion to give Saint Francis their first and final lead of the game during the first quarter.
Ironically, Steiner decided to take it easy during Friday night’s game, said sophomore team analyst, Johniel Delgado.
“Usually (offense) it’s centered around Avi Steiner, but Avi decided to step down this game and let some of the guys get more reps in.”
Saint Francis Needs to Hold on
One of the biggest problems with Saint Francis’ game tonight was the struggle to hold onto the ball. Fumbles came from left and right, causing Saint Francis one of the biggest scoring deficits they’ve seen this year.
Going into practice this week, Coach Langham says he wants to focus on three key things.
“I think we need to do a better job of holding on to the ball. We put the ball on the ground way too many times… Number two, I think our passing game needs to continue to develop. I think our quarterback did a great job today believe it or not, of standing in the pocket and trying to look when there’s a rush in his face. I give him all the credit in the world for it, but we gotta start hitting those passes… Number three, at the end of the day, defensively, you know, kind of, staying in it and not giving up the big play.”
Langham’s Mindset is What Keeps the Team Going
One thing to note during such big scoring deficits is that Coach Langham never shows a trace of disappointment in his team.
“The biggest thing for me coming in is just holding them accountable, yes, but also keeping a positive outlook on trying to keep in the game.”
The Wolves will use their upcoming bye week to work on building strength and momentum as they head to St. Augustine to face St. Joseph Academy on Oct. 7.