“When I feel that chill, smell that fresh cut grass
I’m back in my helmet, cleats and shoulder pads
Standing in the huddle listening to the call
Fans going crazy for the boys of fall
They didn’t let just anybody in that club
Took every ounce of heart and sweat and blood
To get to wear those game day jerseys down the hall
Kings of the school man, we’re the boys of fall”
Some of you may have heard the iconic song “Boys of Fall” written by Kenny Chesney. And to be perfectly honest, I’m not sure that it could have been put any better. The weather has turned, the leaves are starting to drop and our boys, YOUR boys are starting to gel and figure it out as a team!
Last week’s loss agains Winfield (26-0) was another series of lessons for our young Cadets. While the final score again was far from what is desired by me, our staff, the Academy and the boys, there were several very positive aspects to the game. The team got a couple players on the field for the first time this season, including a gritty and explosive performance from senior Eric Strauss. SR newcomer Brett Talley had a standout game defensively as well as freshman Hugh Harris and sophomore Jordan Brown. The Colonels’ “Pride” Defense forced four turnovers on the day and kept the game close until early in the fourth quarter.
Offensively, we still struggled too much with the little things. The center/QB exchange. Firing off on run blocking. Lining up correctly. We have seen many positives, however, one negative can outweigh multiple good plays. When we can string 10-12 positive plays together and not hurt ourselves, we will be able to put some consistent drives together and put some points on the board.
On to our opponent this week. The St. Vincent DePaul Indians out of Perryville, Missouri. On the year they are 0-2 after dropping a game to Scott City last week 27-0 and losing to Park Hills Central 28-12 in week 1. The Indians show both some “old school” and some “new school” on offense. Colonels fans can expect to see them line up in a double tight wishbone and feed the ball to any of the three backs in their power running game. Also, you will see them spread it out in the shotgun with four wides. For the Colonels, expect to see some good running by DeTallion Owens who has had a great week of practice. Also, several Cadets will see the field for the first time this year including standout LB Clayton Workman, DB Kyle Hughes, DL Nathan Hollinger, WR John Wiser, DB John O’Leary and of course the Gomez brothers. Emeterio and Marcello Gomez will bring over 500lbs of strength to the offensive and defensive lines.
In closing I want to stress how much fun it is to coach these young men. Watching them come together and start to figure out what a “team” is and how a “team” is supposed to operate is truly a pleasure. I’ll leave it to Mr. Chesney to finish it off….
“Well it’s turn and face the Stars and Stripes
It’s fighting back them butterflies
It’s call it in the air, alright yes sir we want the ball
And it’s knocking pads and talking trash
It’s slinging mud and dirt and grass
It’s I got your number, I got your back when your back’s against the wall
You mess with one man you got us all
The boys of fall”