Making sure it doesn't look too far ahead might be the biggest theme the DeSales High School football team will carry for the remainder of the regular season.
The Stallions have a huge matchup looming Oct. 12 when they play Hartley in one of three CCL games, but they won't have the luxury of an experienced quarterback the rest of the way after losing Reno Godfrey to a season-ending injury Sept. 21.
DeSales takes a 4-2 record into its first meeting with Terre Haute (Indiana) North Vigo on Friday, Oct. 5, at Earlham College.
Senior Joey Velazquez was behind center during a 35-7 victory over St. Charles on Sept. 28 that improved DeSales' all-time record against the Cardinals to 43-4. He had been the team's No. 1 running back.
Also one of the team's top linebackers, Velazquez completed five of 12 passes for 31 yards with one touchdown and three interceptions. He also rushed for 120 yards and two scores on 13 carries.
Senior Vince Thompson could be another option at quarterback but has been battling an injury.
"Joey's a really good athlete and a good leader, he can run the ball, he can throw it," coach Ryan Wiggins said. "After what happened (Sept. 21) and with injuries, you look at who's left and you kind of retool for the week. How do you win on Friday? When you have a roster of 100 guys, it's next man up. But when you have rosters that are much smaller, sometimes you've got to move guys around."
North Vigo, which is 2-5, would provide Division I computer points if the Stallions win.
Last season, the Patriots made it to the third round of the Indiana playoffs in which every team competes and finished 6-6.
North Vigo is close to 50-50 run to pass, with senior quarterback Tristan Elder having completed 108 of 192 passes for 1,260 yards with 10 touchdowns and seven interceptions and senior running back Zach Simoneaux leading the ground game with 449 yards and two touchdowns on 114 carries.
The Patriots have five players with double-digit receptions, including sophomores Jace Russell and Deven Stillwell, who have 29 and 27, respectively.
On defense, senior lineman Shane Hapenny has 7.5 tackles for loss, 3.5 sacks, four quarterback hurries and two interceptions.
DeSales and St. Charles were tied at 7 at halftime before the Stallions produced four second-half touchdowns.
Quintell Quinn rushed 10 times for 139 yards and two touchdowns, Jaylen Ball added 74 yards rushing on 12 carries and Owen Faulkner had a touchdown catch for the Stallions.
Senior lineman Chris Karras was a standout on defense, according to Wiggins.
"We were bitten with a bunch of turnovers," Wiggins said. "It was real sloppy. We had some pieces that kind of started over this week in some ways, not that that's an excuse for sloppy plays. We settled in and made some plays in the second half and there was a certain confidence with that."