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Jacks, week 3 Summary

Posted Tuesday, September 10, 2013 by Todd Roehl

Ladysmith Football Team


The Ladysmith football team has one goal each week to improve on th field.  After losing to the defending state champion Glenwood City Hilltoppers in the opening game of the season, and Colfax in week two.  The Lumberjacks found themselves opening conference play this past Friday against the Hayward Hurricanes.  The Lumberjacks started the game in explosive fashion taking the first play from scrimmage 62 yards on a run by Luke Weisenberger, but couldn’t capitalize.  The Kids were excited to play we had a great opportunity to score there inside the red zone and just couldn’t get in.  The Hurricanes took the ball and after 11 plays scored to go up 7-0. We could hae hung our heads a little there but the kids came back fighting and put together some drives.  It wasn’t until the second quarter that Senior halfback Preston Larson found senior Matt Ollinger on a 80 yard touchdown strike to put the Lumberjacks on the board for the first time this season.  It was a great feeling, and the boys were excited to finally get that first score.  At halftime the score was 17-6.  We felt very excited going into half as a tam.  We told the kids this is what it feels like to compete.  We were in the game, doing great things, playing really good defense, and putting drives together. Our biggest problem on Friday was finishing.   We need to finish drives, finish tackles, and finish drives.  In the third quarter it was about 8 minutes where the team we lost focus a bit and the Hurricanes capitalized with 20 unanswered points.  We had a few things go against us and we never could rebound from them.  What really hurt us was losing Luke Weisenberger in the early parts of the 3rd quarter.  I will tell you though that it was nice to see sophomore quarterback Vince Friedel come in and lead our offense.  It was great to see the youngster come in and get some snaps and show he could lead the offense.  He did some really good things, and was a real bright spot for us Friday night. Defensively I have to say that Michael Jansen play a great game lead the charge against the Hurricanes.  Michael is really starting to come into his own as a defensive end, and starting to see all his hard work this summer in the weight room paying off.  I was very proud of Michael and his effort Friday night.  He had some big hits and played with some emotion out there.  He really got our defense going in the second quarter. The Lumberjacks would end up on the wrong end of a 37-6 score, but it was the fact of the matter that they did a ton of positive things throughout the game.  I know the score doesn’t show it, but we played pretty well. Stated Coach Roehl.  We did some good things out there, we played well for all but 8 minutes of that ball game.  We have to put together a full game.  What I like seeing was the fact we played with emotion, we were flying around making plays.  Kids were excited, fans were into the game, the student body was out in full force, and the community saw we are moving this program forward.  This is a team that this community can be proud of!  These kids have shown real improvement each week, we want to win and make this community proud of us no doubt about it.  Right now our kids know it is back to work and move the program forward.  We got done Friday night and the kids were excited and mad about letting that one slip away.  That showed me we have a team willing to fight, and a team that is starting to see that we can compete.  We need to put a full game together and see what happens.  I couldn’t be more proud of our effort from our kids.  We need to keep working on our fundamentals and get better each week.  Each week in the Heart of the North doesn’t get easier.  This wee the Jacks are off to Maple, WI to take on Northwestern who on the season is 1-2 overall, and 0-1 in Conference play.  We get our whole team back this wee, so I am excited to see us play this week.  We have to continue to improve week in and week out, but most importantly each week we have to keep finding a way.  The Jack are at Northwestern Friday night with Kick-off at 7 p.m.

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