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Preview: Allen is Headed to St. Joe's for Some Friday Night Football

October 10, 2019
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This week St. Joseph's football team, the Eagles, take on Allen Academy at 7:30pm. The Eagles are 4-2 on the season while the Rams are still undefeated at 6-0. We caught up with St. Joe’s head coach, Alec Castilleja, to talk about the Eagles season and what they are doing to prepare for the game this Friday against Allen Academy.

Last week, the Eagles played Covenant Christian. We asked Coach Castilleja about the defining moments of the game and how they prepared for them. “The ‘little things’ defined the outcome of last week’s game, we simply lacked in the small techniques and mental reps and that ultimately was the difference. To prepare, we really got into film and slowed down install periods so that players are able to see the appropriate movements in any scenario.”

Football season is almost done and this season, the Eagles “have grown to realize their true potential and understanding of how important the little things are.”  A big part of this is the team knowing their strengths of “Lying in their versatility and depth of all positions. Dealing with some injury bugs and other foreseen setbacks, the Eagles have stepped up and put us in positions to be successful.”

We also asked Coach Castilleja how the Eagles are preparing in practice for the game against Allen Academy this week. “We want to stay true to our identity and what works for us. We of course game plan for what Allen does well, but ultimately, cannot let that dictate the entirety of the game.” They also plan to hit the ground running with taking control of the clock and playing fast during the first 10 minutes of the game. Allen academy is known to make big plays, so the Eagles will need to be efficient with tackling from the start of the game.

The Eagles are very proud of themselves for how the season is going so far. Since Coach Castilleja’s time at SJCS, the team has improved so much. He loves “watching them develop into leaders on and off the field.” Each player knows they have a part on the team, and they all do their best to put the team in a positive position. With a strong team like the St. Joes Eagles, there will only be a good outcome. 

 
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