NEW ULM - New Ulm head football coach Tony Ortmann said there were a lot of mistakes by both teams in its 28-6 loss to Luverne on Friday night in the season opener.
"The team that made the fewest mistakes won," Ortmann said. "They were able to capitalize on our mistakes. We threw some interceptions and we put the ball on the ground a couple of times. They did the same thing - we did put some pressure on them - but in the end the team with the fewest mistakes did win."
Ortmann started sophomore Nate Glaubitz at quarterback over senior Blake Piotter, but the two did split time in the game. However, Ortmann said Piotter did finish the game at quarterback.
Ortmann said that both Glaubitz and Piotter "have things that they need to work on. They both had some bad throws in the game and had turnovers but I am very optomistic about both of them in the future."
He said that both Glaubitz and Piotter commanded the offense and were able to move the ball well.
"But not as much as I would have liked us to," Ortmann said. "We did make a few mistakes in our passing game but those are things that will happen in game one and they both will be able to clean those things up.
"We also had penalties that killed drives but those again are first game mistakes. I am not overly concerned about them right now - they will take care of themselves in the next few weeks."
Ortmann said that he was surprised that his team was held to six points despite having a veteran offensive line returning.
But Luverne is a good team on both sides of the ball. In the end it really came down to those drive-killers such as penalties on second and third downs.
"Jackson Yackley did have a good game with [almost] 50 yards rushing but then again those mistakes caused us to do things that we do not want to do,"?Ortmann said. "We had to throw the ball more than we wanted to."
A 28-6 game does not appear to be too close at all. But the Eagles were down 7-0 at halftime and 14-6 at the end of the third quarter.
"Our effort on defense was amazing,"?Ortmann said. "Our tackling has gotten a lot better. We did shut down their option football.
"But right now, our biggest concern on defense is our depth because they are getting tired and it showed in that fourth quarter."
Ortmannn said that he was happy with the play on defense of both Tevin Mooter and Andrew Stewart along with linebackers Matt Rowley and Bryan Dewanz.
BUBOLTZ HAPPY WITH MVL SCRIMMAGE
Minnesota Valley Lutheran football coach Jim Buboltz said that "things went very well" after his defense's first 10 plays against Blooming Prairie.
"We saw Blooming Prairie's offense right away and they are one of the top five teams in Class A," Buboltz said. "[Blooming Prairie] was sharp already and you do not see that early. We moved the ball very well against them. DeAndre Parker took all of the snaps at quarterback and we had positive yards on every play and got the ball in the end zone."
The Chargers also scrimmaged Mankato Loyola and Maple River along with Blooming Prairie.
Buboltz said his team struggled a little bit offensively against Maple River, but played well defensively.
The scrimmage against Mankato Loyola was the team's best, Buboltz said.
"We ended on a high note there," Buboltz said. "We felt pretty good about where we are right now."
Buboltz said Parker's presence at quarterback was one of the positive aspects of the scrimmage.
"He threw the ball very well and he ran the offense OK,"?Buboltz said. "He is going to be the guy we have back there."
Buboltz said that Parker felt comfortable at quarterback.
He added that his veteran offensive line got better, but still may make a couple moves.
"But I felt that Nick Dewanz looked good on the line again,"?Buboltz said. "That group knows that they can get better. When we played against Blooming Prairie and Maple River, those are two big defensive lines we were going against. But that is what we are going to see from Sleepy Eye St. Mary's and New Ulm Cathedral so we have to get used to that."
GREYHOUNDS HOLD INTRASQUAD SCRIMMAGE
New Ulm Cathedral football coach Denny Lux said that he has found success in having his team scrimmage itself rather than another team.
"Coaches are kind of like dinosaurs in that we do the same old thing and do things that we were taught when we were younger," Lux said. "We have gone out of the norm for the last six years and just had our own intrasquad scrimmage and watch our own guys - we get more players working and we learn the game better."
On Saturday morning, Lux found out that his team may have more depth than he thought.
"We have a number of sophomores that can help us besides having a good group of 14 juniors," he said.
Lux said that depth comes on the offensive line and at the linebacker spots.
"And we also have depth at the back-up running back spots," Lux said. "At the wing back, fullback and halfback we will be two deep. We expect a lot of hot weather next week so we will need that."
On defense, Lux said junior Brandon Beranek "is always around the ball and is a team leader. He has passion."
On offense, Lux pointed to junior quarterback Collin Helget.
"You can tell that he is a year older and he works well with junior split end Tyler Franta, Lux said. "They seem to be on the same page."
The Greyhounds' offensive line curently has three guards - Beranek as well as sophomores Kaleb Helget and James Herzog. All three guards have good speed.
"They are fullbacks without the football," said Lux. "We do a lot of pulling in our offense."
The backfield was also boosted in depth when sophomore Gabe Knowles went out for football after missing last season.
"Anyone knows that Gabe brings size and speed," said Lux. "We have him wingback and safety. He really helps our depth."
Austin Cooper, who rushed for 800 yards last season and will be backed up by Evan Alzenhoefer and Michael Skillings.