Flashes building for next season

Published 11:41 am Thursday, October 13, 2011

Stringer will bring a powerful running game to Balzli Field Friday night in hopes of extending St. Aloysius’ recent slide.

The Flashes have lost four in a row, all by lopsided scores, to fall to 1-7 overall and 1-5 in Region 4-1A. Stringer (5-2, 4-1) wants to remain in third place in the region standings behind frontrunners Cathedral (7-0) and Bogue Chitto (8-0).

The Red Devils blasted Dexter 49-14 last week behind 170 rushing yards from Tevin Moore. It was Dexter that started St. Al on its four-game losing streak with a 30-3 win at Balzli Field on Sept. 16. Since then, the Flashes have fallen to University Christian (35-7), Cathedral (28-0) and Resurrection (39-7) last Saturday in Pascagoula.

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Flashes coach B.J. Smithhart said the goal now is to build for next season. The Flashes expect to return 22 of their 26 players. A talented 8th grade class will join the team next week following the conclusion of their season on Monday.

“We want to finish the season by getting better,” Smithhart said. “We want our seniors to continue to play hard, but at the same time, we’re building for the future. Our junior high guys have one more game against Madison St. Joe and then we’ll bring them up.”

Until then, the Flashes must find a way to slow down the Stringer ground game. Stringer averages 414.6 yards per game on the ground. Moore is the catalyst with 930 yards and 14 touchdowns. His top game came in a 36-33 loss to Cathedral, when he had 235 yards on 22 carries.

“They can really run it and run it well,” Smithhart said. “It’s a combination of having a good line and good backs.”

Senior Carlton Campbell had his string of 100-yard games snapped at Resurrection when he finished with 73 yards on 11 carries. Campbell enters the Stringer game with 887 yards, just 113 shy of a 1,000-yard season.

Smithhart said the one bright spot from the Resurrection game was the running game.

“We are still running the ball pretty decently,” Smithhart said. “I thought Forrest Logue had a pretty good game.”