Quincy University interim head football coach Gary Bass and his staff have a variety of issues to address in the upcoming in order to help the Hawks regain some rhythm offensively.
At the top of the list likely will be how to get Owen Schoenenberger involved.
The senior tight end, a first-team All-Great Lakes Valley Conference selection last season, hasn't caught a pass since the Week 2 victory against Alderson Broaddus when he led the Hawks with three receptions for 62 yards.
In Saturday's 55-6 loss at Southwest Baptist, Schoenenberger wasn't targeted a single time. Sophomore quarterback Andrew Rund completed 9 of 21 passes for 63 yards, with three of his completions going to either a tailback or a fullback.
The coaching staff has tried to show pateince with Rund, who is in his first season as a starter, and have limited the throws he makes deep down the field. In a short, controlled passing attack, the tight end would seem to be a popular target, especially a tight end like Schoenenberger.
Coming into the this season, Schoenenberger had not had back-to-back games in his career without a reception and had played only four games total without a catch. Last season, he had 37 catches for 431 yards and six touchdowns, and in his first three seasons, Schoenenberger had 93 catches for 1,377 yards and 11 touchdowns.
This season, he has eight catches for 108 yards and no scores.
Kewney continues to flip field
A week after uncorking a career-long 72-yard punt, QU sophomore punter Nathan Kewney booted a 59-yarder on his first attempt and helped the Hawks flip the field with a consistent effort yet again. He punted nine times with three netting 50 or more yards and averaged 41.2 yards per punt. Two of his punts were downed inside the 20-yard line.
Kewney, a Quincy High School product, leads the GLVC in punting with a 40.9-yard average. He has punted 28 times in four games with five of 50 or more yards and six downed inside the 20-yard line.
Lounsberry providing pressure
Junior defensive end Jacob Lounsberry missed the 2016 season after undergoing shoulder surgery and hadn't recorded a sack since Week 5 of the 2015 season against William Jewell. Saturday, Lounsberry had two sacks and six tackles as he continues to regain the edge that made him one of the Hawks' top pass rushers as a sophomore.
The Hawks had three sacks overall as Jeffrey Hinkle and T.J. Daniels teams up for a sack in the second half.
This is the first time since 2009 Quincy has suffered two losses by 47 or more points in the same season. That year, the Hawks went 4-7 with a 51-0 loss to Saint Xavier (Ill.) and a 72-3 loss to Southeast Missouri State. Both of those losses came on the road. ... The Hawks rank last in the GLVC in total offense, averaging 263.5 yards per game, and last in scoring at just 17.3 points per game. ... The QU defense has recorded an interception in each of the last three games and has forced eight turnovers this season. The Hawks are plus-two in takeaway/giveaway ratio. ... After ranking as one of the nation's top defenses in third-down conversions in 2016 -- Quincy allowed opponents to convert only 32.26 percent -- the Hawks have been even better this season. Opponents are converting only 28.57 percent. That is the best percentage in the GLVC and is 30th in NCAA Division II.