KETTERING – Not everyone is impressed with Kettering Alter’s new air attack. There are some detractors.
“All the quarterbacks and receivers I’ve had the last nine years are all upset at me,” Alter coach Ed Domsitz said. “They are all angry. None of them will talk to me now. They all want to know where this was when they were here.”
Opponents aren’t saying much either.
Through two games, the ground-oriented Knights are second in the Greater Catholic League behind only Hamilton Badin in touchdown passes. Alter quarterback Austin Boucher has thrown for five, while Badin’s Zach Toerner has nine. The Knights had five TD passes the entire 2006 regular season.
“I think coach Domsitz likes the passing game,” said Boucher with a smile. “I think he trusts it.”
Said Domsitz: “I like the passing game when (Boucher) completes passes and we pick up yards. That’s when I like the passing game.”
Right now Domsitz is loving it.
Despite losing three-fourths of its backfield from last year’s Division III state runners-up, the Knights are 2-0 and looking like playoff contenders thanks in part to their newfound passing game. Running the ball and defense are Alter staples.
“The passing game has been good to us these first two games,” Domsitz said. “No question it’s a big part of our offense now and I expect it to stay that way this year. We’ve got kids who can catch the ball, our blocking for the most part is holding up pretty well and it’s a nice mix with our running game.”
Boucher is the conductor.
A 6-1, 190-pound junior, Boucher saw some action last year but has blossomed thus far as a starter.
It’s not by accident.
“I probably went to about six camps this summer,” Boucher said. “Louisville, Notre Dame, Ohio State and the camp at Northmont High School. My mechanics have definitely gotten better and all I did this summer was throw and work on timing with the wide receivers.”
Working on his release and reading coverages has also paid dividends.
“At all these camps they told us about reading coverages and now I have a better understanding of that,” Boucher said. “When I get out here in games, I’m seeing things a lot better.”
Domsitz likes what he sees in Boucher.
“He has a lot of confidence in himself,” Domsitz said. “He does a nice job. I know he understands what we are trying to do.
“If I gave him the choice he’d probably like to throw the ball every play, but I think he’s a smart enough football player to know that our run and pass games compliment each other.”
Something else that compliments Boucher is his stable of receivers.
In a 41-20 win over Bellbrook last Friday, junior receiver Danny Jasper caught three TD passes. Jasper also had one in a 39-14 win over Kettering Fairmont in the opener.
“Last year we ran the ball a lot and this year we have some receiving options,” Jasper said. “It’s nice to be able to spread the defense out.”
Besides Jasper, senior Patrick O’Donnell and junior Chris Borland are also viable threats. Senior running back Corey Roark is dangerous out of the backfield.
Don’t expect Alter to abandon the run, but don’t be surprised when it airs it out either. Both options are now entrenched in the playbook.
“We’ve had a number of big pass plays this year,” Domsitz said. “It’s nice when you have an offense that can pick you up a little bit.”
Added Boucher: “Coach Dom usually runs, but we’re opening it up.
“I think (passing) puts a smile on his face too.”