Reinhart back at QB for Rough Riders
Adam Reinhart admittedly was antsy watching form the sidelines.
The senior quarterback missed the better part of two-plus games dealing with complications of Epstein’s Bar. He played against Salisbury and made the start in the recent Palmerton game.
“I felt good enough to play a few weeks ago, but I wasn’t cleared to play,” said Reinhart. “I understood that.
“But I feel like I am 100-percent back, and I just had to adjust to everything.”
Reinhart completed 7 of 22 passes for 107 yards with two interceptions in the Rough Riders’ 56-0 defeat to Palmerton last week. He also rushed for 22 yards.
He took some time to get back in sync as well as adapt to some new looks.
“I had to get used to being out there and we also ran some new plays,” said Reinhart. “We decided to change some things against different teams.
“It became more familiar with me after I had practiced a couple of times.”
Head coach Mike McClarin has liked of what he has seen from Reinhart this season.
“He (Reinhart) goes out and fights for everything,” said McClarin. “He has done a good job and has been a leader.”
With a winless season (0-7) and a struggling offense that has scored 40 points, Reinhart has sensed his share of dissatisfaction.
“It’s frustrating,” he said. “We can move the ball, but we can’t finish drives. We can’t get the ball into the end zone.
“We have a lot of young players and maybe that’s it. I don’t know exactly what it is. I think it is nerves sometimes that we do some good things and then we’re afraid to mess up. We just need to play better than we have been.”
Defensively, the Roughies have allowed an average of 45.6 points per game.
“On defense, we are just not finishing the tackle,” said Reinhart. “It seems like we are trying to make a big play instead of just stopping teams.”
Stepping in at quarterback from a wide receiver last season, Reinhart has been satisfied with his performance.
“I feel like I’ve done what I could have done,” said Reinhart. “I want to get better at it and I probably should have done it last year. I wish I had another year.”
Reinhart will have four more cracks at this season, but the Roughies have a rough stretch ahead. They have Notre Dame, Southern Lehigh, and Northwestern before their rival game against Northampton.
“Our confidence level is still there as we are pretty fired up Mondays for the week,” said Reinhart. “We just have to play better and we’ll be ready for Northampton.”