Summer officially turned into fall this week, and for the St. Aloysius football team the goals they had in August are starting to change as well.
Despite constant efforts, a 0-5 start tempered dreams of a championship season. Even the playoffs are becoming an increasingly distant possibility. Halfway through the season, a simple win or two would be cause for celebration, and that’s the goal this week.
St. Al (0-5) will host the Cathedral (3-2) on Friday night, wanting to win not only to claim the bragging rights of their long-standing rivalry between Catholic schools, but also to have tangible success to show for their efforts in this area. point.
“There’s nothing more, in terms of my professional career right now, that I want more than a win for these kids,” said St. Al coach Bubba Nettles. “I don’t want it for myself. I want it for them, I want it for these seniors. They deserve it. But we are running out of matches to make that happen.
Nettles is still positive and optimistic about the future of the program, although this season has started to run out of steam.
The Flashes had the lead in three of their games and had the chance to win them all. Even in a 35-6 loss to Adams County Christian last week, several early turnovers provided scoring chances St. Al couldn’t take advantage of.
“I’m still as positive as I was the day I got the job because I can see beyond my nose. I can see the future is bright, ”Nettles said. “I’ve preached to these seniors since day one that whatever happens this season, whatever happens after that, you’ve helped build.”
Facing the Cathedral could provide a spark for St. Al. This is the 60th meeting between the teams since the series began in 1938, and they have faced each other every year since 1983.
Last year’s game at Natchez went into the record books with an 18-0 victory over the Cathedral, but the Green Wave was actually ahead 35-7 in the second quarter when the game was interrupted and ultimately canceled due to severe thunderstorm. The score of 18-0 is that which the MAIS attributes to the forfeits.
“They were pouring it on us before the Good Lord poured it on us. I’ve never been so thankful that a hurricane or anything goes through Natchez and brings everyone home, ”said Nettles, who was an assistant at St. Al in 2020 before becoming a coach- chef this year.
St. Al is hoping for a more similar performance to what they had against Cathedral in 2018 and 2019, when they recorded unbalanced back-to-back wins. Even without a victory under their belt, the Flash seem capable of pulling it off.
Prior to their loss to ACCS, the Flashes had lost back-to-back games for a total of 13 points. The defense allowed 35 points per game, but the offense averaged 25 points in its first four outings. Rather than a series of breakouts, it was a handful of key games that turned potential wins into losses.
“The world notices, in MAIS, that we are on the verge of not being child’s play anymore. It’s important for them to learn, ”Nettles said.
Playing a big rival, Nettles added, could help push the Flashes over the hump and into the win column at last.
“It’s a game of rivalry. At home. We are pumped up and ready to finally enter this column of victories. They are a very good football team so we certainly don’t try to ignore them – we can’t overlook anyone at 0-5 – but the kids are focused and ready to play. Hope we have one of our best training weeks yet.
FRIDAY ZONE GAMES
All games start at 7 p.m.
Cathedral of St. Aloysius (Radio: 101.3 FM)
WCCA at Porter’s Chapel (Radio: 104.5 FM)
Oak Grove in Warren Central (Radio: 105.5 FM)
Jim Hill in Vicksburg (Radio: 107.7 FM)
Germantown to Clinton
Crystal Springs in Port Gibson
View over the prairie to the Tallulah Academy
Sharkey-Issaquena Academy at Rebul Academy
Briarfield Academy in Deer Creek
Tensas Academy at Ben’s Ford
Central Hinds at Centerville Academy
Madison Parish in General Trass