By: Ken Cooper (@coop5106)
That all she wrote. The Saints were victorious versus Spruce Creek last Thursday, but were eliminated from playoff contention with Fletcher beating Mandarin and DeLand defeating Flagler Palm Coast Friday. Sandalwood was the beneficiaries of four Spruce Creek turnovers; catalysts for an easy win over the Hawks, but with the fate of the Saints playoff hopes tied to a Mandarin and/or Flager upset, the win did not make much of a difference. “It was a good win, we were pretty banged up, we played about how I expected we would, we made some mistakes, but they made a few more,” said head coach Adam Geis.
Coming into the season, most people in the area liked Fletcher and Sandalwood to represent District 1 in the 8A state playoffs this year. “(This season) was a bit of a let down because we didn't make it into the playoffs, our kids just ran out of gas,” said Geis. “In college you usually have three or four quarterbacks on scholarship, so (in the case of an injury) a guy can step in there that's been a pretty good high school player; but in high school, if you throw a sophomore into the fire of an 8A must win district game its just not going to happen most of the time.” Sandalwood had some key injuries this season; the biggest coming in week 8 when senior QB Parker Boehme went down for the year with a foot injury. Geis was all but sure if the Saints would have made it into the playoffs, the team would not have lasted long; adding that in his system they must have a quarterback that can throw the ball, and that losing your third year starter in the middle of a playoff push would make it difficult for any high school team to make it in.
As most coaches are, Geis remains positive when looking toward the future. “On defense we'll have nine starters back (next season), including one of the top linebackers in the country (in Cane Daub) and we'll have three legitimate Division I kids on defense back that have proven to be play-makers for us. We've got to get a quarterback in here that can throw, we've never had a problem doing that, so hopefully we get the right guy to transfer in. We've got two really good running backs back, three of the offensive linemen are back, and our two best receivers are back; so if we get the quarterback and maybe add a couple of linemen we should be in good shape next year.”
Sandalwood is set to close out their season at home versus Ed White High School. Kickoff for that game tomorrow is at 6pm from the Wood Shack. You can follow me on twitter for live updates during the game @coop5106. Be sure to check back next week as I'll be wrapping up the season with my attention turned toward some of the younger players, and bringing you what I can from my last one-on-one with head coach Adam Geis focusing on what Saints fans have to look forward to next season.
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