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Kiechle learns lesson in
PRESEASON FOOTBALL: Red and Black quarterback aims to minimize mistakes, keep ball moving
By MATT CORDOVA
Sunday, June 17, 2007
Todd Kiechle did what came naturally during the first quarter Saturday when the pocket collapsed and defensive linemen were in his face. He made guys miss, cut sharply and set his sights downfield.
There was just one problem, though. Kiechle dropped the ball.
The turnover proved insignificant as the Watertown Red and Black earned a 16-0 semipro football preseason victory over the Monroe County Sting at the Alex T. Duffy Fairgrounds.
But the fumble's lesson was as clear as the magnifying glass that will likely examine Kiechle for much of his first season as the starting
Kiechle isn't placing too much pressure on himself as he takes over for the departed Doug Black. The new QB knows his role, and he's the first to admit the Red and Black team passing records are safe for now.
"I'm not going to throw for 300 yards," Kiechle said. "Not a lot is asked of me. As a QB I know my No. 1 job is to take care of the ball and keep the guys together. Tonight I didn't take care of the ball as well as I can, and I have to improve on that."
Kiechle considers himself fortunate to have such support so that he doesn't face the pressure to have to pour on the points or heave a 60-yard strike.
"We're going to hand it off, let the big guys up front do their work, and running backs hit the holes," he said. "Our defense is very strong. We shouldn't have to score a lot of points to win.
"When we have to, we have receivers to make the big plays. I know I'll have to step up and make some throws this year. But it doesn't always have to be a bomb. We can catch a 10-yard pass, and take it 30."
Kiechle finished with 13 yards on five rushes, and he completed five of 13 pass attempts for 142 yards. But that total was helped along by two plays each of 34 and 29 yards.
"I think we just overpowered them,"
Kiechle said the team will lean on the defense and the running attack more than the quarterback. He prefers it that way. And, by delegating responsibility, he's already showing the traits of a strong leader.
Another one of his responsibilities is to try to minimize
"I liked everything I saw," Red and Black head coach George Ashcraft said. "Todd's one of those guys who can take off if nothing's there. He'll either turn something into nothing, or get sacked. As long as he doesn't fumble the ball, I can accept it. I think he'll be fine."
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