Demons football gets its pilot back

After battling injuries throughout, Szura regains his starting QB job

Jeremy Szura will make his second start of the season at quarterback tonight when Durango will host Farmington. Szura, Steele Spies and the rest of the offense are looking to get back on track. Enlarge photo

Steve Lewis/Durango Herald file photo

Jeremy Szura will make his second start of the season at quarterback tonight when Durango will host Farmington. Szura, Steele Spies and the rest of the offense are looking to get back on track.

As the Durango High School football team prepares to navigate the meat of its schedule, the offense has its expected pilot back.

Jeremy Szura is expected to make his second start of the season tonight as Durango will host Farmington after the quarterback missed almost the entirety of the first two games with an ankle injury. He had his first meaningful action in last weeks 43-6 loss at Piedra Vista, and after that outing and another week of practice, the junior signal caller said hes feeling comfortable again in Durangos hurry-up attack.

This week, I feel like Ive got a little bit more to go in at full speed. ... I actually got to go full speed, and Im feeling great, said Szura, son of Kari and Matt Szura.

Its a good thing, too, because DHS head coach Greg Wyatt said hes looking for better output from his passing game, which was solid in the win over Kirtland Central but a bit stagnant in losses to Piedra Vista and Cheyenne Mountain. A better completion percentage means more time on the field and more of a breather for the defense, which can be very limited after three-and-outs in a hurry-up offense.

We need to complete more. We had a number of drops last week. We had a number of passes that were uncatchable, so weve got a lot of work that weve done all week and a lot of focus, Wyatt said.

What Szura brings to the table over Alex Lavenue and Hayden Sill is his dual-threat ability. His aptitude for moving the pocket and designed quarterback runs opens up the playbook a bit more for the Demons (1-2).

Every bit will help as DHS tries to qualify for the playoffs for the fourth consecutive season. The schedule doesnt do them any favors over the next few weeks.

After playing a solid Scorpions team, DHS will host Class 3A No. 2 Palisade for homecoming next week, then will spend the next two weeks in the Grand Valley against the Grand Junction Tigers and Grand Junction Central Warriors.

I think that when we all just play together and just do our jobs, we can hang in and do the best we can to play with those teams, Szura said.

It doesnt do us any good to not play good teams, so Im glad we have tough teams on the schedule, and this week will most definitely be a good challenge, Wyatt said.

A strong week of practice never hurts, and Wyatt was pleased with the way his charges bounced back after a rough loss to Piedra Vista. Hes hopeful practice makes perfect tonight against Farmington.

In my time here, when we have good weeks of practice, we definitely play better on Friday nights, Wyatt said.

rowens@ durangoherald.com

Sophomore quarterback Alex Lavenue led DHS to a Week 2 win over Kirtland Central, but its the now injury-free Jeremy Szura who will pilot the Demons against Farmington tonight at home. Enlarge photo

Jerry McBride/Durango Herald file photo

Sophomore quarterback Alex Lavenue led DHS to a Week 2 win over Kirtland Central, but its the now injury-free Jeremy Szura who will pilot the Demons against Farmington tonight at home.