Week Six

Blog is back after a hectic last week.

The Crusaders are 1-4, 1-1 PFL after Saturday’s loss at Marist. The score does not indicate the effort our defense made. The defense forced two turnovers, blocked an extra point, and had the best day tackling we had all season. We knew Marist would make some plays on offense. We had to minimize the big plays which we did.

Unfortunately, we had the worst day on offense we’ve had this season. Down 7-0 Marist forced a fumble that they returned for a touchdown putting us down 14-0. We had chances, but missed on an open post route and threw an interception stopping a drive inside the Marist 10. Our offense never recovered.

I told our offensive players we’ve had it “easy” the past few weeks, meaning we scored early to put the pressure on our opponents. Versus Marist we didn’t score on the first drive, then turned the ball over to put us down two scores. These are the adverse situations that require a positive response and we did not get it. We must learn from this and respond better. We know our team is capable of coming back. We’ve proved that the previous three weeks.

Thank you to everyone who donated to Coach To CureMD during the week of the Campbell game.

Players of the Week from Campbell were:

O Prep: Brendan Flaherty & Matt Jaeger
D Prep: Lucas Lanzon & Jonathan Hammond
ST Prep: Randall Cork
OL: Sean Cook
OL Knockdown: Nate Koeneman
Off: Fred Gladney, Tanner Kuramata, Eric Hoffman
Def: The entire Bear short yardage defense
Special Teams: Cody Cotton
Big Play: Tanner Kuramata-3, Fred Gladney – 2, Andrew Cassara -2, Alex Green – 2, Jake Hutson – 1, Nick Moffitt – 1, Melvin Graham – 1, Ryan Mundy – 1, Eric Hoffman – 1

Players of the week from Marist were:

O Prep: Ryan Gorski
D Prep: Jay Slone
ST Prep: Dylan Simkin
Off: Andrew Cassara & Brandon Hall
Def: Alex Green & Brandon Doepke
Special Teams: Punt Shield & Grayson Bastin

We have a new week and a new challenge. Mercer is a first year program only playing one year in the PFL. They are joining the Southern Conference next year. They are 4-1, 1-1 in the PFL with a win over Drake and a loss to San Diego last week.

Their offense is based on their running back Payton Usher. We must contain him and not fall asleep on the passing game. QB John Ross has been very accurate. We must improve our tackling again this week.

Mercer runs a 3-4 defensive scheme and brings pressure from all over. We must be sound in our run and pass blocking schemes and pick up their movement. DB Alex Avant was the PFL Defensive Player of the Week versus Drake.

The Crusaders will hit the road early Friday morning to catch our flight to Atlanta. Our goal is to play as hard as we can for 60 minutes one play at a time.

#ShieldsUp What’s Important Now Go Valpo!