St. Edward football coach Mike Rolando checked in Tuesday for his weekly rundown looking ahead to Friday's game against state-ranked St. Francis. Here are a few excerpts from the conversation.
Green Wave fans, make a note that this week's game will start at 7 p.m. instead of 7:30. Also, there will be no sophomore game preceding the varsity contest due to problems with the field conditions at St. Francis.
Now on to the conversation...
Q: How is the team taking its 21-12 loss to state powerhouse Driscoll last Friday?
ROLANDO: "I think in the big picture we have to be pleased with the way this weekend went, playing a great team like Driscoll and being in the ballgame the entire game. The mentality this year is we're not looking to be competitive and we're not we're not looking to be in good games and this team wants to win and their expectations are pretty high. But as coaches when you take a step back and look at the big picture and where we've come from in three short years, it's still a step forward for us. And our main goal is still in tact, which is to get two more wins and make the playoffs. If anything, I think the Driscoll game taught the kids they can play with anybody. Now we've got to come in and get two out of these three to prove that point to more people."
Q: St. Francis is a force to be reckoned with this season, but you did beat the Spartans last year, snapping a 26-game losing streak in the process. What's different about St. Francis this year?
ROLANDO: "They've got a lot of the same kids that are a year older and a year stronger just like we are. We're living proof of what a difference a year can make. They spent some time in the weight room and their kids worked hard. They are very fast and they've got a lot of mature seniors."
Q: What is the key to success this Friday?
ROLANDO: "(Matt) Kachmer is obviously an awesome running back who has put up some great numbers so far this year. I think we're a little more versatile and we spread the ball around a little better. They tend to give (Kachmer) the ball, they throw him the ball, they hand him the ball, they pitch him the ball and they let him run quarterback. He's definitely the key and we've go to find a way to stop him."
Q: Senior leader Moises Quiroga missed last week's game while dealing with the aftereffects of a concussion he sustained in Week 5. What's his status for Friday?
ROLANDO: "We get Mo back this week, fully rested. Last week was pretty precautionary and we didn't want to take any chances and lose him for all three. The kids stepped and played hard and for them to have that confidence even with Mo not in there."